First Lady Reaching Out To CISF Wives' Welfare Association Leaves Staff Stumped

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| September 14 , 2017 , 09:36 IST

First Lady of India, Savita Kovind, the wife of President Ram Nath Kovind, has kept a moderately low profile since Kovind became President of India, but now as she attempted to reach out to the wives welfare association of a paramilitary force, she left the Rashtrapati Bhavan staff stumped.

As the First Lady expressed her interest in writing to the CISF wives' welfare association, the staff searched for a template for such a communication.

"It was a ceremonial letter being sent by the First Lady to the CISF wives' welfare association. The rule is that precedent is followed, so a search for a similar correspondence by the previous First Lady was launched. However, no such correspondence was available," said an official.

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The previous First Lady was Suvra, the wife of former President Pranab Mukherjee but she passed away in 2015 after an extended illness. Before Mukherjee, Pratibha Patil herself was the president so there was no 'First Lady' while Patil's predecessor was A P J Abdul Kalam who was a bachelor.

Finally, the Rashtrapati Bhavan staff used correspondence by former First Lady Usha Narayan, wife of India's 10th President KR Narayanan who became President in 1997.

"Correspondence by Usha Narayanan was used as a template for the letter finally. The letter to the CISF wives' welfare association is part of the ceremonial correspondence that the First Lady has been penning in the past one month," said the official.

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Referring to the last First Lady Suvra, wife of Pranab Mukherjee, officials said that although she had been ailing for some time, "But in the first few years of the presidency, the First Lady was active and participated in the activities. She also corresponded with several dignitaries, including Michelle Obama."

The first 'First Lady' of India Rajvanshi Devi, wife of India's first President Dr Rajendra Prasad had kept a low profile, even staying away from public events. Wife of India's 4th President VV Giri, Saraswati Bai is said to be the first 'First Lady' to take a more public role, attending and hosting events, becoming a recognisable public figure.