Teacher gets PhD for thesis on Mayawati
Sanjay Pandey, Lucknow, Feb 14, DHNS:
UP chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, who had
powered her party to victory in the state in the 2007 Assembly polls
and whose ''social engineering formula'' has made way to the academic
syllabus, has also become a topic of research.
A teacher in an inter-college has recently been awarded the Doctor of
Philosophy (PhD) degree for his thesis on Mayawati by the
Gorakhpur-based Deen Dayal Upadhya University in the state.
Nagendra Kumar, who teaches political science at an inter-college in
UP's Deoria district, has been awarded PhD on the topic "Role of
Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh politics". Kumar undertook his research
under the guidance of Dr Gopal Prasad. Kumar had to face a lot of
difficulties in completing his research. "It was a new topic and not
much material was available in the public domain at that time," he
"It took me three and a half years to complete the 881-page research
paper. I studied over a hundred books on Mayawati," Kumar told Deccan
Herald from Deoria over the phone. "The so far untouched aspects of
Mayawati's style of functioning and her politics have been included in
the research paper," he added.
On what prompted him to select such a topic for research, he said in
2007, when he had applied for PhD, everyone talked about Mayawati's
social engineering, which saw her party catapulting to power in the
state with an absolute majority after a gap of 17 years.
Kumar said in the beginning Mayawati's politics towards the upper
castes was negative.
"She could capture power only after adopting a positive attitude
towards the upper castes," he asserted apparently referring to the
"sarva samaj" (whole society) slogan coined by her party in the 2007
Incidently Kumar, who also belongs to the Dalit community, tried to
meet Mayawati three times but could not succeed. "I wrote to her three
times expressing my desire to meet her to get more information about
her but I failed," he said. He, however, received cooperation of some
senior BSP leaders.
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