The Monk Who Became Chief Minister: The Definitive Biography Of Yogi Adityanath

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The Monk Who Became Chief Minister: The Definitive Biography Of Yogi Adityanath
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On 19 March 2017, Yogi Adityanath took an oath as the twenty first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. The book takes you through the journey of a shy and introvert boy from the hills of Uttarakhand, who had a modern education in the faculties of science from Kotdwar, later took sanyas and went through rigorous training in vedic education. From being a rebel politician inside and outside the party, he now has become a man of consensus. This book explores how a nathpanthi monk, learnt the nuances of politics from his guru, Mahant Awaidnath, and rose to take the highest position in Uttar Pradesh’s politics.Through extensive research I have accumulated unseen pictures, unheard instances, first-time interviews, with people close to Yogi, in this biography.

A state with 22 crore people and 80 Lok Sabha seats, is one of the very crucial political pieces in India’s electoral puzzle. With a history of producing many Prime Ministers for the country, the State has given yet another prospect for the Prime Minister’s office, in the post-Modi era in the form of Yogi Adityanath. You have in your hands the first definitive biography of a monk who has become the Chief Minister of the most populous state of India.


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Yogi Adityanath washing feet of a girl child.

Yogi Adityanath spending time with children.

Yogi Adityanath addressing a large gathering.

Yogi Adityanath unveiling the book ‘The Monk Who Became Chief Minister’.

Excerpt

On 19 march 2017, Yogi Adityanath took an oath as the twenty first chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. You may know a few things about him, you may have seen some media coverage and might have read some stories; some biased, some exaggerated and some real. But there is much more that makes Yogi Adityanath.

This biography takes you through four facets of Yogi Adityanath’s life in its four sections. The book starts with Yogi’s current avatar, as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, electoral politics of 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, dynamics behind Yogi’s selection as the CM of UP and initial days of Yogi at the Pancham Tal (CM office of UP). The second section takes you through the life of this long standing, five time parliamentarian Yogi Adityanath, his electoral victories, his meticulous interventions in parliament, the truth behind his so-called controversial speeches, the rationale behind his idea of love-jihad, re-conversion, Hindu Yuva Vahini and his relationship with the BJP. In the third section I take my readers through the life of Mahant of Gorakhnath mutt, Yogi Adityanath, his rigorous yogic routine, about gurus of Nath Panth, and socio-political activities of the mutt over the decades. In last section I will leave my readers with some very engaging first-hand accounts of the upbringing of a young boy Ajay Singh Bisht, in the hinterlands of Uttarakhand, who grew up among cows, farms, mountains and rivers to later become a Mahant, a Parliamentarian and the chief minister.

Through extensive research I have accumulated unseen pictures, unheard instances, first-time interviews, with people close to Yogi, in this biography. The book takes you through the journey of a shy and introvert boy from the hills of Uttarakhand, who had a modern education in the faculties of science from Kotdwar, later took sanyas and went through rigorous training in vedic education. From being a rebel politician inside and outside the party, he now has become a man of consensus. This book explores how a Nath Panthi monk, learnt the nuances of politics from his guru, Mahant Awaidnath, and rose to take the highest position in Uttar Pradesh’s politics. A state with 22 crore people and 80 Lok Sabha seats, is one of the very crucial political pieces in India’s electoral puzzle. With a history of producing many prime ministers for the country, the State has given yet another prospect for the prime minister’s office, in the post-Modi era in the form of Yogi Adityanath. You have in your hands the first definitive biography of a monk who has become the chief minister of the most populous state of India.

While writing this biography, I spent time in Gorakhnath Mutt, learning about Nath Panth, originating from Mahayogi Adinath Lord Shiva, learning how Guru Matsyendranātha, and Guru Goraksanātha structured the teachings of Nath Panth, I also discovered the various rituals and symbols of nath panth, the tenants of Hath Yoga and, it gave me goose bumps to realize that I am standing on such hallowed grounds. A place where once, Guru Goraksanātha practiced and taught yoga, where hundreds of Nath Panth yogis gathered on various auspicious occasions, where in modern times ‘Ram Janmbhoomi’ movement deliberations were conducted, a Mutt which was always socially and politically active and its mahants represented the region in state assembly and national parliament and the Mutt which gave a Nath Panthi yogi, a kanphata sadhu as the twenty first chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. I feel this state is blessed to have a descendent and disciple of Adinath Lord Shiva, to serve its 22 crore people and I am also equally blessed to be able to bring the story of this monk to my readers.

– Shantanu Gupta

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