Mridula Sinha

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Mridula Sinha
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Governor of Goa
Assumed office
26 August 2014
Preceded by Bharat Vir Wanchoo
Personal details
Born November 1942 (age 71)
Muzaffarpur, Bihar
Spouse(s) Dr. Ram Kripal Sinha
Religion Hinduism

Mridula Sinha (born 27 November 1942) is Governor of Indian state Goa.[1] She is also a renowned writer in Hindi Literature and politician.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Mridula Sinha was born on 27 November 1942 in the village of Chhapra in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar state in India. Her father was Babu Chhabile Singh and her mother was Anupa Devi. She attended the local school in Chhapra and later studied at Balika Vidyapeeth, a residential school for girls in Lakhisarai district district.[4] From a young age, Mridula developed an interest in Hindi literature and exhibited a talent for writing prose in Hindi.

Shortly before she completed her bachelor's degree, Mridula's parents arranged for her to marry Dr. Ram Kripal Sinha, who at that time a college lecturer based in Muzaffarpur town, Bihar. After marriage, Mridula continued her studies and took a post-graduate degree in Psychology. She then took a job as a lecturer in the same college in Muzaffarpur where her husband worked. Shortly afterwards, her husband received his doctor's degree. He was interested in serving the poor rather than in making money. The couple therefore settled at Motihari in the remote and under-developed East Champaran district of Bihar. Mridula studied for and obtained a Bachelor of Education degree during this time,[5] and became the Principal of a school in Motihari district.


Meanwhile, with encouragement from her husband, Mridula honed her writing skills and experimented with the short story format. She was interested in cultural matters and village traditions. She wrote short stories on these topics and on folk tales that she gathered from the villages where she and her husband worked. Many of these stories were published in Hindi language magazines and were later compiled into a two-volume anthology named Bihar ki lok-kathayen ("folk-tales of Bihar"). She also wrote several novels and a biography of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia titled Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi. A film of the same name was later made based on this book.[2]

Meanwhile, Ram Kripal Sinha's commitment to social welfare had taken him into politics at the district level. Mridula initially helped her husband in reaching out to the women of the constituency during his campaigns for election to the district committee. She found that with her knowledge of local tradition and cultural nuances, she had a strong connect with the people, especially women. She developed a very strong interest and commitment for social welfare, although she had no interest in electoral politics and never contested any election. Her deep insight into village ways of thinking and lifestyle combined with the influence that her husband was increasingly wielding in his party meant that she was able to do a lot of good work in the villages of Motihari district, especially in the fields of education, healthcare, sanitation and promotion of milk co-operatives. This brought her much respect and recognition, and Mridula was named Chairperson of Central Board of Social Welfare.[6] At this time, her husband was a cabinet minister in the Bihar state government.[7] She was until August 2014 a member of the national executive of Bharatiya Janata Party.[8] During the BJP's campaign for 2014 general elections, she was in-charge of the BJP Mahila Morcha (women's wing).[9] On August 25, 2014, she was appointed Governor of Goa.

Literary contribution[edit]

  • Ek thi rani aisi bhi (Short biography)
  • Nayi devyani (Novel)
  • Gharwaas (Novel)
  • Jyon mehandi ko rang (Novel)
  • Dekhan mein choten lagen (Stories)
  • Sita puni boli (Novel)
  • Yayavari ankhon se (Interviews)
  • Bihar ki lok kathayen -I (Stories)
  • Bihar ki lok kathayen-II (Stories)
  • Dhai beegha zameen (Stories)
  • Matr deh nahin hai aurat (Women liberation)[10][11]

Translations into English[edit]

  • Flames of Desire[11]


  1. ^ "PRESS COMMUNIQUE". Press Information Bureau. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Sheila Dikshit resigns; Kalyan Singh is new Governor of Rajasthan". Indian Express. PTI. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mridula Sinha appointed Goa Governor". Goa News. Goa News Desk. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Balika Vidyapeeth
  5. ^ "Mridula Sinha". Nth Wall. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Governing Body, Social action through integrated work". SATHI. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  7. ^ "Want to Serve People: New Goa Governor Mridula Sinha". The New Indian Express. IANS. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "National Executive - Bharatiya Janata Party". Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Amit Shah is Uttar Pradesh in-charge of BJP, Om Mathur is Gujarat in-charge". Desh Gujarat. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Books by Mridula Sinha". Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Books by Mridula Sinha". Google Books. Retrieved 26 August 2014.