In Bengali, the phrase “Jor jar Mulluk tar” means “only strong and powerful people should control the country.” In India, where the powerful communities oppress the powerless bigger masses, this harsh credo determines the basis of politics. Because of their advantages, India’s dominant communities are bearing the reigns of power.
Kumari Mayawati, full name Kumari Mayawati Das, is an Indian politician and government figure who was born on January 15, 1956, in Delhi, India. She championed and advocated for those at the lowest tiers of the Hindu social structure in India as a longtime major player in the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Bahujan politics aspired to bring political transformation only in the 1970s. Kanshi Ram, a physicist who quit his job to become a full-time activist, founded the BAMCEF (Backward And Minority Communities Employees Federation) in 1973. They established up their political party following intensive mobilization efforts.
In independent India, a Bahujan political party’s struggle has lasted more than four decades. Kumari Mayawati, Kanshi Ram’s successor in Bahujan politics, was mentored by him. She was elected four times in a row. In 2007, it was able to secure an absolute majority in a referendum and form its government, with Mayawati completing her five-year tenure.
Mayawati has been dubbed the “Iron Lady” of the Bahujans, capable of resisting and combating the caste system and patriarchy. After Kanshi Ram, she has become the face of Bahujan politics.
Mayawati implemented several programmes for marginalized groups throughout her term, including land redistribution and attempts to draw more Bahujans into the political arena, which had previously been dismissed. She attempted to promote equal distribution by establishing special schools for the socially disadvantaged.
She created Ambedkar parks around the state, where she placed statues of Bahujan leaders who battled against caste-based structures and for equality. Memorize and record their struggles for the Bahujan society, which had previously been ignored in India’s history books.