- President-elect Kovind takes oath at the Parliament
- A 21-gun salute was given in his honour followed by his address
- Mr Kovind, Former Bihar Governor, is the second Dalit President of India
President Ram Nath Kovind recalled his days as a member of Parliament and said, "Often we agreed, sometimes we disagreed. But we learnt to respect each other and that is the beauty of democracy."
"I am thankful to you all for giving me the responsibility to be the President of India... I come from a humble background. The journey has been long," Ram Nath Kovind said in his address.
"I will stand by and represent all 125 crore fellow Indians. I understand the massive responsibility that this is. Former Presidents, from Rajendra Prasad to Pranab Mukherjee, all have been great leaders.... I hope to live up to that greatness," he said.
Mr Mukherjee had accompanied the new President to Parliament this morning from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. They were greeted there by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Hamid Ansari.
Mr Kovind was sworn in by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.
In his farewell address yesterday as the outgoing President, Pranab Mukherjee had underscored the need for unity, pluralism and tolerance. "Gandhiji saw India as an inclusive nation, where every section of our population lived in equality and enjoyed equal opportunity. He wanted our people to move forward unitedly in ever-widening thought and action," he had said.