I just finished Behenji: a political biography of Mayawati by Ajay Bose that I have been trying to read for a while.
While in US, I have been reading media reports on Ms Mayawati's rule, none of them were positive. I did read about her statues, memorial parks, jewelry, birthday cakes, indiscriminate transfers, and high handedness. Though I read these reports with a pinch of salt, I too felt she may not be going in the right direction with her historic electoral mandate. I am very much aware that a lot of misinformation is being spread by the mainstream media as far a Ms Mayawati is concerned.
When I speak to my friends, I get the same stereo typed negative opinions on Ms Mayawati, most of them formed with the input of media.
I expected that the book is no different in dealing with its subject. But, I was wrong. It's a lot positive and gave me an objective understanding of what she is upto and what she is doing in UP. It is full of statistical details and logical arguments (at least to me) supporting the facts and opinions.
Though it doesn't shed much light on the personal life of Ms Mayawati, it did a good job of her rule and her objectives.
I urge all to read it and understand her before writing off with whatever opinion one has about her.
Now, I started reading another book I have been thinking of reading for so long, Brahmacharya: Gandhi and his women associates by Girja Kumar. Though not an ardent admirer of Gandhi, he is another intriguing personality whom I wanted to know objectively.
--- On Thu, 6/24/10, Benjamin Kaila <benjamin_kaila@
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