Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Penguin Random House India has commissioned Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist Sandeep Sahu to write the comprehensive biography of President Draupadi Murmu. Draupadi is the first tribal woman to be the President of India.

Titled ‘Madam President: A Biography of Draupadi Murmu’, the book is poised to open a window to the life of India’s first woman tribal President and is slated for release in late 2022.

“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,” said Sahu.

In a press release, the publication house stated, “Murmu’s phenomenal rise from a sleepy village in the predominantly tribal Mayurbhanj district of Odisha to the Rashtrapati Bhavan presents a fascinating study of democratic empowerment in India.

“The grace and fortitude with which she has conducted her public life, all through her career, despite being struck by a series of tragedies in her personal life such as the loss of her husband and two sons in quick succession, make her a resilient woman of resolve. Her life’s work, through this book, will reach diverse audiences, far and wide, influencing many to dream their dreams and realise them,” it read.