Veteran Odisha journalist Sandeep Sahu to pen President Droupadi Murmu’s biography

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar-based veteran journalist Sandeep Sahu has been commissioned to write the biography of recently-elected President of India Droupadi Murmu.

Penguin Random House India commissioned the assignment to Sahu which is scheduled to release later this year.

Droupadi Murmu, the daughter of Odisha, hails from Mayurbhanj district and is the youngest President. Besides, she is the first person to hold the highest office who is born after Independence.

The book will be titled “Madam President: A Biography of Draupadi Murmu”.

The biography will chronicle the journey of the tribal woman from her early life to being elected as the President.

“I was contacted by Penguin India recently to write the biography of President Droupadi Murmu. I am really excited for the assignment. I have spent my entire adolescent period in the district from where she belongs to. This was one of the reasons for accepting the assignment,” Sahu said.

Draupdi Murmu’s long and eventful political journey is a story of true awe, perseverance, and inspiration. The first authentic and definitive account of the 15th President of India, Madam President will unpack the many trials and tribulations, and early years of struggle that made her the well-revered leader she is today, Penguin India said.

Murmu’s journey from Rairangpur to Raisina Hills has been an eventful one. She entered into politics from local body elections. She was elected as Councillor of Rairangpur Notified Area Council (NAC) in 1997. Later, she was elected to the Odisha assembly and also was the minister in BJP-BJD coalition government from 2000-2004. The 64-year-old was also appointed as Governor of Jharkhand. She was the first governor of the state to complete full term.

Sandeep Sahu is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist with 35 years of experience. Starting with leading Odia daily Sambad way back in 1985, he has worked for a host of top local, national and international media houses. He has been reporting for the BBC World Service from Odisha for over 27 years now and has also served as the Odisha correspondent for Outlook from May 2018 to December 2021.

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