Panaji: Former Governor of Goa, senior BJP leader and noted writer Mridula Sinha passed away on Wednesday. She was 77.
Mridula Sinha hailed from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, and had served as Goa Governor from 2014 to 2019. She was the first woman Governor of Goa. As Governor, she was also appointed as a brand ambassador for the Central government's Swachch Bharat Mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014.
"Smt Mridula Sinhaji will be remembered for her efforts towards public service. She was also a proficient writer, making extensive contributions to the world of literature as well as culture. Anguished by her demise. Condolences to her family and admirers. Om Shanti," Modi tweeted condoling her death.
Sinha's tenure as the Governor of Goa was marked by the novel initiatives she had launched at the Raj Bhavan, which included increased public engagement as well as a 'Chand ke saath' series, where social and cultural events were held in the open at the picturesque Raj Bhavan grounds near Panaji. Sinha had also started a cattle shed within the Raj Bhavan campus and had taken the initiative to source a cow and a calf from a shelter home for strays in Goa.
In her later years as Governor, the demands of her gubernatorial chores began to show on Sinha, who was compelled to stop midway through her address to the state legislative assembly on two occasions. Growing up, Sinha completed her Masters in Arts, majoring in Psychology, from the Bihar University and later completed her B.Ed. She also taught in a couple of colleges in Bihar before actively joining politics.
Her husband Ram Kripal Singh had served as a Union Minister of State and as a cabinet minister in the Bihar government. Sinha formally joined the national executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1981 and later served as the Vice President of the party as well as the President of the party's Mahila Morcha.
Sinha has written more than 40 books in Hindi, which includes biographies, short stories, essays and novels.
Apart from Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President J.P. Nadda also paid tributes to Sinha. "She worked for the nation, society and organisation throughout her life. She was also an accomplished writer who will always be remembered for her writing," Shah said.
Nadda too expressed his "pain" at the news of her demise. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that to him, Sinha "always came across as a motherly figure". "It is really shocking to learn about the sad demise of Smt Mridula Sinha ji, former Governor of Goa.
She was a tall leader with extensive work at grassroots yet had an immense passion for art and literature," Sawant tweeted.