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Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
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Phoolan Devi

The Bandit Queen now says she should be given the Nobel Prize

Phoolan Devi
Phoolan Devi
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Do you feel you deserve the Nobel peace prize ?
Why not? I feel I should definitely get it. If a backward women like me gets it, not only India, but the whole world will be proud.

Why should you be considered for the prize?
The world knows how much injustice was done to me. No matter what I've been called, the fact remains that injustice was done.

Whose idea was it to nominate your name?
Women's organisations from the world over have recommended my name. On my way to Mumbai, a member of the British Parliament told me that they had recommended my name. I've now been invited by women's organisations to relate my story.

Would you consider yourself in the same league as Nelson Mandela?
His area of work was different, but he also fought against social injustice.

Do you feel marginalised in politics today?
Not at all. I am very much part of the political process. It's just that since I'm unwell, I don't move around too much.

What's on your agenda in politics?
I want to work for women and the poor. Whoever comes to me, I fight for them.

You have the knack of being in the news.
This way, at least my voice can be heard all over the world. Sometimes things are not correctly presented, but all that is part of the game.

From outlaw to MP, you've come a long way. Are you happy with the way life has shaped up for you?
Life was so full of hardships that I never thought I'd survive. But God supported me.

You were ill-treated because you were a woman. Have you thought of helping other women who face similar problems as you did?
I've done a lot, but the poor have been suppressed for far too long.

Why did you lose the elections this time?
An injustice has been done to me. The BJP candidate is a...
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