MADAM PRESIDENT – The Biography Of Droupadi Murmu ,15th President of India By Sandeep Sahu

Murmu’s long and eventful political journey is a story of true perseverance and inspiration and presents a fascinating study of democratic empowerment in India

Madam President is the first-ever comprehensive and authentic biography of Droupadi Murmu, the fifteenth President of India, by senior journalist Sandeep Sahu. Murmu’s long and eventful political journey is a story of true perseverance and inspiration. Having battled early years of struggle in securing quality education, being struck by a series of personal tragedies such as the loss of her husband and two sons in quick succession, and suffering electoral victories and losses, Murmu has risen through her circumstances with grace, fortitude and resilience that make her the well-revered leader she is today. In this stellar biography, Sahu writes on Murmu’s life’s work, a journey that started as councillor in the Rairangpur civic body, having previously also served as Governor in Jharkhand, and reaching the Rashtrapati Bhavan. As the first Indian President from the tribal community, her phenomenal rise as an earnest and ambitious young woman, who would, with dedication and rigour, go on to become the most powerful woman in the country.

The official release date for the book is June 20, 2023, confirmed the publicist for the book, Peter Modoli, Associate Vice President, Penguin Random House .


Sandeep Sahu is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist with over three decades of work behind him. He has been reporting for the BBC World Service from Odisha for over twenty-eight years. Starting out with the leading Odia daily Sambad in 1985, he has worked for a host of top local, national and international media houses over the years. He also served as the Odisha correspondent for Outlook between May 2018 and December 2021. He writes for a number of national news websites such as The Quint,

News 18, Firstpost and The Federal. He has worked as editorial director of OTV, the number one Odia news channel, and also writes a popular column titled ‘Scandeep’ on the OTV site. In addition, he writes a fortnightly column called ‘Dhinkishalaru Dhenkanal’ in Sambad. He is among the very few journalists in the state who writes in three different languages: Odia, Hindi and English. Apart from his journalistic work, Sahu has written scripts for scores of documentaries, telefilms and TV serials in Odia, English and Hindi.

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