Ajoy Bose has endeavoured to tell one of the most fascinating stories of our times: The saga of Mayawati, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and supreme leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party.
Now hailed as the messiah of the Dalits, she has established a key position for the community in the country's political equation.
It took Bose, 55, almost four years to write Behenji: A Political Biography of Mayawati In a fascinating conversation with Managing Editor Sheela Bhatt, the senior journalist with a clever knack for political stories explains what makes Mayawati a unique leader in contemporary Indian politics.
How do you look at the importance of Mayawati in Indian politics?
The significance of Mayawati is that she is completely different from everybody else in many ways. She doesn't belong to any old political formations.
Indian politicians can be divided into four different formations. Either they belong to the Congress or Sangh Parivar, or they are Communists or Socialists. But she doesn't belong to any of these groups.
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