The most awaited and Definitive Biography of Indian Socialist, Mulayam Singh Yadav
The Heart-stirring Story of India's Heartland socialist patriarch…Mulayam Singh Yadav
Like Claude Henri de Rouvroy Saint Simon, he was not born in an aristocratic family. He is the son of a peasant, born in smoke waters and dustbowl of Central Indian hamlet of Saifai. Where poverty was the gift of the land and richness was only in the golden soil of the farmland! The son of the soil was born to re-write the grammar of electoral politics of Independent India.
He armed the farmers and workers with the pride of an industry captain and valour of a military general. He was called ‘Little Napoleon’ by a former Prime Minister of India, Chaudhary Charan Singh. Rajeev Gandhi, grandson of Independent India’s first Prime Minister and a statesman leader, and Prime Minister of India after the tragic assassination of his mother, Indira Gandhi, trusted him for sailing the boats of secularism in surging waters of communalism and militant Hindutva across Gomti and Saryu in Uttar Pradesh.
Rajeev Gandhi once told one of his ‘Man Friday’ (name withhold for sake of maintaining privacy in the corridor of Indian power politics) about the Little Napoleon, “Mulayam is Dwight D. Eisenhower and Field Marshall Rommel rolled into one. He is Eisenhower for his ability to make the right decisions when they must be made. He is Rommel for his tactical skills and strategies. He is amazing in the selection of his subordinates and he chooses useful subordinates and political workers to pedal his programme. He is also an organizer and commander of huge political rallies. He is manager of his resources well and excelled in his counter-intelligence strategies, a rare quality in politics of South Asia. He is a major actor in the defeat of communal monsters, and that is the most important and influential war for secular Indian society. Mulayam kicks his butt well. His concept of political logistics is very good.”
The gist of Rajeev Gandhi’s thought for Mulayam Singh Yadav was that he was the military leader in costume of a politician, with the precision and skill to seize the nettle of a common man’s heart of gold.
General public in villages of Hindustan hail him as the ‘Little Prince born in the dark hamlet.’ His critics bite their lips in awe of his elephant-size memory, which has name of every single village of India’s most populous province, Uttar Pradesh (220 Million people) printed in red and green gold letters.
The Farmer’s son re-defined the socialism of Henri and Marx and Lohia and cast it in the heavy plaster of diamond dust and metropolis magic. His emergence as the voice of the voiceless was phenomenal. He became the darling of Muslim masses, which is second largest in number after Indonesia in India. About 200 million Muslims of India hailed him as a savior when he ordered firing on Hindu-caste temple volunteers for saving the Babri Mosque in November of 1990. His secularist credential has remained beyond any question mark ever since.
Pauperism was and is a curse for tens of millions born in peasant backwaters of India. Nevertheless, the wrestler –turned-politician in Mulayam lionized his dusty, obscure and never-land village into a borough township that can marvel the beauty and facility of Richmond in West London.
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