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A Love of Maya

Not an "official" biography but the author, more than just a grudging admirer of Mayawati, takes us on a thrilling ride through her political career.

A Love of Maya
A Love of Maya
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Love her or hate her, there’s no way you can ignore Mayawati. She may or may not one day become Queen of Delhi or kingmaker, but for an unmarried Dalit woman of 52, her rise to power has been extraordinary. Journalist Ajoy Bose takes us on a thrilling ride through Mayawati’s political career that began 28 years ago when her mentor Kanshi Ram dropped in unannounced at her home to persuade her to abandon her plans of joining the IAS, and take up a political career instead where she would lord it over the country’s civil servants.

Bose states at the outset that his is not an "official" biography. Daughter of a junior government employee, Mayawati rebelled against her father’s bias in favour of his sons. She is portrayed here without papering over her warts and whims, whether it’s her penchant for transferring officials, her opportunism, her tolerance for colleagues with criminal records, her weakness for symbols of affluence and pomp, her lack of scruples, her mercurial temperament or her disdain for established procedures.

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