"It brings us to the support of other nations, whether by extending the umbrella of the International Solar Alliance or being first responders following natural disasters", he said.
Khosla, who had come with a motorcade, invited Kovind and his wife Savita to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where Mukherjee received them in the study.
If Indian officials were to move forward with anti-conversion legislation or other policies directed at Christians, "he would be a good rubber stamp for the government", said Sandeep Kumar, a church planter and principal of Mission India Bible College, in an interview with CT.
After taking the oath as a president, he said about the need of modeling an educated, ethical and shared community, and egalitarian society.
India's prime minister wields executive power, but the president can send back some parliamentary bills for reconsideration and also plays a guiding role in the process of forming governments.
"The journey, which was started by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and during which many lakhs of people sacrificed everything, has reached a significant milestone today as the new President takes oath", Modi told party MPs, a BJP leader present in the meeting said.
Calling each citizen a nation-builder, he said, "Nations are not built by governments alone".
Kovind won the election by a huge margin against the opposition nominee, Meira Kumar, a former Parliament Speaker. Kovind also represented India in United Nations (New York) and in October, 2002, he addressed the UN General Assembly.
■ Education Worker: During his tenure as the MP, Kovind has worked extensively to provide access to education in remote villages of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Kovind was nominated as the governor of Bihar in 2015.
He became an Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court in 1978, and practised at the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court for 16 years till 1993. He served for two consecutive terms of six years each till March 2006.
Kovind served as a member of the Board of Management of Dr B R Ambedkar University, Lucknow.
A politician with a previously low profile, he is also a member of the Hindu nationalist organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Elaborating on India's diversity while referring to the mix of states and regions, religions, languages, cultures, lifestyles, he said, "the key to India success is its diversity".
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