The book titled “Droupadi Murmu: From Tribal Hinterlands to Raisina Hills” tells the inspiring story of a tribal girl who overcame obstacles to become a symbol of resilience, determination, and perseverance. Murmu achieved many milestones by taking an unconventional path, starting from leaving her small village in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha to becoming the first citizen of India. The author of the book is Kasturi Ray.
Through interviews and detailed analysis, journalist Kasturi Ray tracks Murmu’s life, following her through school and college, from being a teacher to social worker, councillor to minister, from taking charge as the governor of Jharkhand to becoming the president—a tale of incredible resilience and dedication to service. She narrates how Murmu was able to overcome personal tragedy and return to her commitment to helping the people and giving a voice to the downtrodden and underserved.
About the author:
Kasturi Ray is an experienced journalist with a career spanning over 28 years in various forms of media such as print, broadcast, and digital. She currently holds the position of senior news editor at The New Indian Express in Bhubaneswar. She was the features editor for the same media house for 19 years and then transitioned to digital media. Ray also served as a senior editor for the English digital platform of Odisha Television Limited for over three years. She is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and has written for various publications, including Firstpost, The Quint, Women’s Features Service, and Asian Age. Ray is a SAWM-UNICEF fellow and is pursuing a doctorate in English literature from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar, where she is also a visiting faculty member at Birla Global University. She has received several awards and recognitions, including the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity (East) in 2013-14 and the Aryaa Awards for excellence in journalism in 2016-17.
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