Behenji - A Political Biography of Mayawati
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Behenji - A Political Biography of Mayawati (English, Paperback, Bose Ajoy)


Behenji - A Political Biography of Mayawati  (English, Paperback, Bose Ajoy)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • ISBN: 9780143066323, 0143066323
  • Pages: 296

‘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 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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Author Info
  • Ajoy Bose began his journalistic career in 1973 with the Patriot newspaper and Link magazine. Later, he became the Delhi correspondent of Sunday magazine and the resident editor of the Sunday Observer?s Delhi edition. He was the India correspondent for the Guardian, London, from 1978 to 1996 and later the New Delhi representative for the Khaleej Times, Dubai. In India his columns and articles have appeared in the Pioneer, the Indian Express, the Times of India, Outlooknewsmagazine, and Bombay Mid-Day. He has also contributed regularly to the Khaleej Times, the Guardian, the Sunday Times and Time magazine. He has broadcast extensively on the BBC, Voice of America and Radio Netherlands. During the 1998 national elections he co-hosted the popular television poll programme, Chunauv Chunauti for Sony television. In 2004, along with Arati Jerath, he produced a weekly foreign affairs television show, Global Challenges, on Doordarshan News
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Ajoy Bose's magnum opus

This is Ajoy Bose's magnum opus!!
His choice of topic for this book is thrilling.

Mayawati may have lost UP elections but she will be remembered through her statues and if these statues are destroyed, she will be remembered through Ajoy Bose's magnum opus in History of India.

Saumitra Karmakar

8 Mar, 2012

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Great book .Anti Dalit mindset should read .

Great book. one should read to know how she came to this place and then comment on her.Iron Lady Mayawati and future PM .

I salute her.

Shushant singh

30 Jan, 2012

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inspiring but incomplete treatise

book presents a fair treatise of bhenji's journey from rags to riches.. it also separates the dalit movement ignited by kanshi ram & associates from mayawati's later political maneuvering to survive in complex political world ...
the book however was missing the personal views of mayawati and kanshi ram regarding various socio politico issues... which could have satisfied the appetite of reader !!
A delightful read and perhaps most complete treatise of Behnji till now..grt work


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14 Jun, 2013

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Mayawati the leader or queen of corruption.I don't know how this illiterate people becomes C.M.She is in the merit list of the most the most corrupt regime ever.Because of this bad politics our india has been divide into so many caste that they are playing main role in destruction of our country.How fool are the citizens of U>P that they select people like this.If i get a chance i will like to throw my leather shows on her face..

Aman Rai

6 Jan, 2012

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