Behenji A Political Biography Of Mayawati How did Mayawati become the iconoclastic combative politician universally known as Behenji today Is there a historic parallel anywhere else where a woman belonging to the most crushed community know

  • Title: Behenji: A Political Biography Of Mayawati
  • Author: Ajoy Bose
  • ISBN: 9780143066323
  • Page: 121
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  • How did Mayawati become the iconoclastic, combative politician, universally known as Behenji today Is there a historic parallel anywhere else where a woman belonging to the most crushed community known to mankind has risen through the heat and dust of elections to rule two hundred million people and may well reach further to guide the destiny of a billion in the notHow did Mayawati become the iconoclastic, combative politician, universally known as Behenji today Is there a historic parallel anywhere else where a woman belonging to the most crushed community known to mankind has risen through the heat and dust of elections to rule two hundred million people and may well reach further to guide the destiny of a billion in the not too distant future Mayawati has changed the face of politics in India, turning old assumptions upside down and restructuring power equations entrenched for centuries, if not millennia The path she has blazed through the Byzantine political system of Uttar Pradesh has been a unique tour de force Not only has she been the Chief Minister four times, but she has done so by overturning the established electoral traditions of a state that virtually invented modern Indian politics With her in your face political style, unabashed display of accumulated wealth and mercurial nature, she is, perhaps, the most enigmatic Indian politician for decades Eminent journalist Ajoy Bose brings his in depth experience of covering Indian politics for over three decades to this pioneering political biography of Mayawati He explores the background of her meteoric rise and examines the growing national clout of this unique woman who could, quite possibly, determine the shape of the next Indian government, and even be the country s prime minister one day.

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    1. Ajoy Bose says:

      Ajoy Bose has been regarded, in recent years, as the leading expert on Mayawati and her Dalit politics For nearly four decades, he has been associated with a wide range of media He is at present a senior political columnist and television commentator, published in leading newspapers and magazines in India and abroad and appearing on major channels He began his journalistic career in the early 1970s with Patriot newspaper and Link magazine, going on to become Delhi correspondent of Sunday magazine, and in the 1980s started the Delhi edition of The Sunday Observer, India s first Sunday newspaper In the 1990s he was with the Pioneer newspaper where he became the Executive Editor He was also India correspondent of the Guardian, London from 1978 to 1996 and later the New Delhi representative for the Khaleej Times, Dubai He has broadcast extensively on the BBC, Voice of America and Radio Nederlands During the 1998 national elections he co hosted along with Vinod Dua and Mark Tully the popular television poll programme Chunauv Chunauti for Sony television In 2004, he produced a weekly foreign affairs television show, Global Challenges, on Doordarshan News Ajoy Bose has co written two books, the highly acclaimed For Reasons of State Delhi Under Emergency and Shah Commission Begins.



    2 thoughts on “Behenji: A Political Biography Of Mayawati

    1. An impoverished woman coming from the most oppressed community of India and rising to become the chief minister of one of the most feudal, patriarchal and backward state of Uttar Pradesh - this premise is enough to attract any serious enthusiast of Indian politics. Ajoy Bose deserves great praise for this meticulously researched and deeply engaging and brilliantly written 'unofficial' biography. To erect the whole career trajectory of an enigmatic personality like Ms. Mayawati is no mean achieve [...]

    2. I am not a fan of Mayawati or her political agendas and never will I vote in favor of her or BSP(Bahujan Samaj Party). That said, I must confess that I am highly intrigued and approve of Mayawati as a woman who from being an impoverished Dalit(an outcaste community crushed with harsh discrimination) transformed into a powerful and mercurial politician. The fact that she may become India’s Prime Minister in the future scares the crap out of me; hitherto it is not a farcical prospect anymore.Ajo [...]

    3. Not a hagiography but a far from critical account of Mayawati and her political career. Understandably given the restricted access and the well know aversion to media interaction of the subject, not many real insights into the personality or biography of the individual in question; but still a valuable contribution to the still under-researched and under-published area of Dalit studies and Dalit politics esp in English. The account of state politics and party rivalries in UP during the 1990s and [...]

    4. Starts off on a promising note and Ajoy covers the intriguing story of Mayawati very well right from her childhood to her job as a teacher and from joining Kanshi Ram to becoming the CM of Uttar Pradesh. There are moments when you cannot help but admire Mayawati for the sheer courage and phenomenal rise which she has seen cutting across caste & gender. However, part II of the book goes repeats a lot of events and aims at painting a flawless picture of Mayawati. For every wrong committed by h [...]

    5. Fairly hagiographic biography of Mayawayi, but nevertheless interesting and filled with useful information on both Mayawati's progress personally but also the BSP's achievements in mobilizing more than just Dalit support.Would be interesting to see a book on the BSP that covers their 5 years in power, but I guess we'll have to wait a while for that to happen (since few like writing about defeated parties).

    6. A racy read though it does not even attempt to delve into the personality of Mayawati. It is more a biography of BSP than Mayawati. The book underlines how vital caste equations have been in the politics of Uttar Pradesh. With the benefit of retrospect, one cannot help snigger at Ajoy's prediction of BJP's demise in UP considering what happened in May of 2014.

    7. This book gives a very detailed account of Mayawati's life in the last 15 years or so. The story is straight out of a fairytale although sometimes you do get a feeling that the author is biased towards Mayawati.

    8. A very sympathetic study of Mayawati Kumari's political career as well as a good introduction to the political trends in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh over last two decades.

    9. This isn't a authorized biography of Mayawati & the auther has done a marvellous job in portraying the life time of the lady quite neutrally

    10. juat finished reading it and its pretty good. gives a pretty comprehensive guide throught the highs and lows of mayawatis career.

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