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Manjari Jaruhar's "Madam Sir: The Story Of Bihar's First Lady IPS Officer" Released At India International Center' New Delhi

on Sep 12, 2022
Madam Sir

Madam Sir: The Story of Bihar’s First Lady Officer by Manjari Jaruhar was released at a function held at Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, New Delhi. The book, published by Penguin India, was unveiled by the Chief Guest, Prof Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Chancellor, Founding Vice Chancellor, Professor of History at Ashoka University, Guest of Honour, Dr. Rukmini Banerji, CEO of Pratham Education Foundation, and Shri N.R. Das, Former DG- Central Industrial Security Force(CISF).

The evening included riveting reflections from all the dignitaries and the author's experience in writing the book.

Praising the book, Prof Rudrangshu Mukherjee said, "The fact that she was addressed as Madam Sir, is self-explanatory that she had to fight against all odds and overcome. In such challenging situations, we often despair but Manjari never did."

Applauding the book, Shri N.R. Das said, "One of the finest memoirs I have read in recent times. Rich content and lucid language show that she has poured her heart into it. A book which is a must-read for the young generation of officers."

Praising the book, Dr. Rukmini Banerji said, "Highly recommended reading, gives such a powerful sense of what a real India is like and what it can be. A big inspiration for women stepping out of their homes for the first time."


After an unexpected turn of events upended the homemaker role her parents had planned for her, Manjari Jaruhar overcame extraordinary odds to become the first woman from Bihar to join the country's elite police cadre. A masterclass in courage, resilience, and leadership by a woman who broke new ground and thrived despite being viewed with disbelief and ridicule by her colleagues, Madam Sir is a stirring account of a sheltered girl's rise to the top echelons of the Indian Police Service. Set against the backdrop of significant events such as the Bhagalpur blindings, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, and Lalu Prasad's reign in Bihar, Madam Sir looks at the IPS from the inside, through a woman's eyes. This story will inspire you to pursue your dreams and infuse you with the spirit to reach impossible heights.

Announcing the release, the author said,  "I hope my story will make every young girl or working woman trust her heart and give her the courage to take charge of her life even in the face of the greatest odds."

Manjari Jaruhar is one of the first five female police officers in India and the first from Bihar. Manjari Jaruhar was selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS), the elite crime prevention and law enforcement cadre of the Indian Civil Service, in 1976 and has held positions in the State Governments of Bihar and Jharkhand, the National Police Academy (NPA), the CISF and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). From fighting crime to administering a massive organization, Manjari Jaruhar has shown exemplary leadership in a domain traditionally dominated by men. She is the recipient of the Government of India's Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service. She retired as Special Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and is presently an Advisor to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) based out of New Delhi.

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