Mridula Sinha

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Mridula Sinha
Mridula Sinha.jpg
Governor of Goa
Assumed office
26 August 2014
Appointed byPranab Mukherjee
Preceded byOm Prakash Kohli
Personal details
Born (1942-11-27) 27 November 1942 (age 76)
Muzaffarpur, Bihar, British India
Spouse(s)Dr. Ram Kripal Sinha
ResidenceCabo Raj Bhavan, Dona Paula, Goa[1]

Mridula Sinha (born 27 November 1942) is Indian writer, politician and who is currently serving as the Governor of Goa.[2] [3][4]

Early life[edit]

Mridula Sinha was born on 27 November 1942 in the village of Chhapra Dharampur Yadu in Muzaffarpur district in Mithila region 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.[5]

Shortly before she completed her bachelor's degree, Mridula's parents arranged for her to marry Ram Kripal Sinha, who at that time a college lecturer based in Muzaffarpur town, Bihar.[citation needed] After marriage, Mridula continued her studies and took a post-graduate degree in Psychology. She then took a job as a lecturer in the Dr. S.K. Sinha Women's College in Motihari. Shortly afterwards, her husband received his doctorate degree. She left the job and started a school in Muzaffarpur where her husband was working in a college.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Meanwhile, with encouragement from her husband, Mridula experimented with the short story format.[citation needed] 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.[3]

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. She was named Chairperson of Central Social Welfare Board.[6]

Political career[edit]

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 as the Governor of Goa.

Sinha was also appointed as an ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.[10][11] During her tenure as Governor of Goa, she also adopted a cow and a calf at the Raj Bhavan for the purpose of daily worship.[12][13]

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)
  • Nari na kathputli na udanpari(2014) by Yash Publications, New Delhi
  • Apna jivan(2014) by Yash Publications, New Delhi
  • Antim ichha(2014) by Yash Publications, New Delhi
  • Paritapt Lankeshwari (2015)[14]
  • Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hain (2015, Poetry) By Yash Publications, New Delhi
  • Aaurat aaviksit purush nahi hain(2015) by Yash Publications, New Delhi
  • chinta aur chintan ke inderdhanushyain rang by mridula sinha (2016) by Yash Publications, New Delhi
  • indiae women new images on ancient foundation (2016) By Yash Publications, New Delhi
  • ya nari sarvbuteshu (2016) By Yash Publications, New Delhi
  • Relfications (2017) By Yash Publications, New Delhi
  • Ek Sahitya Tirth Sw lauthkar (2017) By Yash Publications, New Delhi

[15][16] Films & TV adaptation : Mridula Sinha's work Like Jyon Mehendi Ko Rang, a novel is adapted into a T.V Serial and short Story l "Dattak Pita" and autobiography on Vijayaraje scindia Rajpath se lok path par are made into feature films as Dattak and Ek thi Rani Aisi Bhi respectively. All her major literary works adapted in films and TV are by National awards winner film maker Gul Bahar Singh.

Translations into English[edit]

  • Flames of Desire[16]

Translations into Marathi[edit]

  • Anutapt Lankeshwari, a translation by Rajashree Khandeparkar[17]

Honours[edit]

Sinha received an honorary doctorate by the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.[18][19]

Controversies[edit]

Mridula Sinha's tenure as the governor of Goa has been marked by controversies regarding her partisan decision to invite the BJP to form the government despite not being the largest party, her lavish lifestyle at the expense of the taxpayers and weakening the Right to Information law to stonewall queries regarding her expenditure.[20]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "PRESS COMMUNIQUE". Press Information Bureau. 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Sheila Dikshit resigns; Kalyan Singh is new Governor of Rajasthan". Indian Express. PTI. 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Mridula Sinha appointed Goa Governor". Goa News. Goa News Desk. 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Balika Vidyapeeth". Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
  6. ^ "Governing Body, Social action through integrated work". SATHI. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2008-11-19.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Want to Serve People: New Goa Governor Mridula Sinha". The New Indian Express. IANS. 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-08-30. 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. Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
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  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2015-03-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Books by Mridula Sinha". flipkart.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Books by Mridula Sinha". books.google.com. Google Books. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-26. Retrieved 2015-09-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-26. Retrieved 2015-09-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "A Cowshed and Rs 62 Lakh Mercedes: The Dual Face of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha". The Wire. Retrieved 2019-03-18.