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Behenji: A Political Biography Of Mayawati

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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 more in the not ...more
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Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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 ...more
A well-researched political biography of Mayawati, the Indian Dalit leader.
Rajesh Mani
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aabha sharma
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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juat finished reading it and its pretty good. gives a pretty comprehensive guide throught the highs and lows of mayawatis career.
The book is a political biography of one of India's most intruiging and interesting politicians - Mayawati who is also known as "Behenji" (Respected sister). Thinking that a poor Dalit leader rose to become the CM of India's most populous state gives me goosebumps and reposes faith in our democracy. And this journey has been very well detailed by the author - right from Kashi Ram's efforts to Mayawati winning the majority single-handedly in 2007 and ruling. But, the good part ends here.
The autho
Rajesh Akinapalli
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of this book ends on a promising note, a time when Mayawati becomes fourth time chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. On the hindsight , it would be interesting to know how the author would interpret her 2007-2012 stint as CM and and BSP's unfortunate show in 2014. This book certainly needs a sequel.Perhaps he is waiting to see how 2019 unfolds.

The book is well written, easy to understand chronological order. It charts out how Mayawati and Kanshi Ram have achieved an almost impossible drea
Conrad Barwa
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 ...more
Rahul Sharma
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
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Umesh Kesavan
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.
Oct 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Anuradha Goyal
Tells you a little about Mayawati a mystery :
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"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 ...more
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