‘Mayawati biography no different from those of Bollywood stars’

August 11th, 2008 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Govinda

Lucknow, Aug 11 (IANS) While Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Kumar Anjan compared Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s biography “Behenji” with books on Bollywood stars, its author Ajoy Bose defends it as portrayal of a Dalit woman’s struggle. The two were participating in a discussion Monday at the launch of the Hindi translation of the book, published in English in May.

CPI national secretary Anjan said: “I am afraid the book will not be of any use for the common public as it primarily focuses on the meteoric rise of Mayawati. It is just similar to those written on Bollywood actors like Govinda, in which the important developments of the personality’s life are merely chronicled.”

However, journalist Bose defended his work and said the book was about the struggle of the Dalit woman and will inspire others.

“After the death of (Bahujan Samaj Party founder) Kanshi Ram, everyone was saying that Mayawati and BSP will not come to power. However, she showed her competence and assumed the chief minister’s post for the fourth time,” he said.

Arguing that the world was watching the BSP chief’s rise, Bose added: “A couple of US newspapers approached me to help them arrange an interview with Mayawati.”

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