Bahujan Samaj Party

Injustice undermines incredible growth

Last Monday, a teenage girl in India had her nose, arm and ear chopped off. Her crime: resisting rape. Seventeen-year-old Sarika had gone out with a friend when three men pounced on her.

Monday, 14 February, 2011, 12:00am

Civil servants in Indian state must spurn dowry in anti-graft drive

Any man taking up a government job in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh will have to take a solemn oath to disavow the practice of dowry, under an order to stamp out corruption.

24 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

The Untouchable who would be prime minister

The symbolism was stark. India's high-profile Dalit leader cut her birthday cake beneath a gigantic chandelier in a five-star hotel in the Indian capital last week.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Prejudice cast aside in vote for 'untouchable'

One of the country's most formidable politicians has pulled off a feat in Indian politics - persuading high-caste voters to support her, a low-caste woman.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

The millionaire in sheep's clothing

Political champion of the poor lives in luxury while her people freeze to death

Mayawati Kumari, India's self-styled 'champion' of the poor and low castes, has been revealed as a millionaire with 72 properties and 54 bank accounts with a total balance of over US$2.6 million.

5 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Lower-caste champion defiant in all her finery

When Mayawati - India's most famous low-caste politician - celebrated her 47th birthday in January when chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, she looked dazzling. Diamond-bedecked, she enjoyed an extravagant bash that cost the taxpayer billions of rupees.

12 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

$16m party is a hollow victory for lower castes

The meaning of the birthday bash was obvious. With her flashy diamond jewellery, a birthday cake the size of a minibus, genuflecting officials and mirror-studded marquee, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and lower-caste leader Mayawati Kumari was sending a crude message to the Hindu upper castes: after 2,000 years of oppression, the shoe is now on the other foot.

20 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Indian minister has $16m birthday bash

The chief minister of the impoverished Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati Kumari, celebrated her 47th birthday in style - with the help of 25,000 citizens and more than $16 million from the public purse.

16 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Minister shatters confines of caste

THE issue of caste in politics has again leapt into the limelight with the appointment of a Dalit, or low caste woman, as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Mayawati, of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), or downtrodden people's party, who was sworn into office yesterday, became independent India's first state chief minister from the 'untouchable' caste.

5 Jun 1995 - 12:00am