Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as India's 14th president, the first BJP leader and the second Dalit in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The 71-year-old took oath in Hindi to thunderous applause and thumping of desks by the gathering, including Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and former president Pratibha Patil.
After taking charge, Kovind came out to the forecourt in the Presidential buggy, a black carriage with national emblem--the Ashoka insignia--embossed in gold and drawn by six horses. It was Mukherjee who had revived the tradition of the buggy ride. (AP Photo)