What Droupadi Murmu’s elevation as President means for Sarna dharma

Droupadi Murmu with members of Adivasi Sengel Abhiyan before her election as President.

On July 21, there was a new spring in Khokon Mardi’s steps. Waiting inside his modest home in Bengal’s Birbhum, the 40-year-old indgenous rights activist could barely contain his excitement as counting of votes for the presidential election began in Delhi.

Not too long after, a few hundred kilometres away from Mardi’s home, a group of villagers erupted in collective cheer. Marang Buru, the village deity who resides deep in the sacred groves, had finally answered their prayers as Droupadi Murmu was elected the 15th president of India.

With that, Murmu also became......