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First definitive biography of a monk who has become the chief minister of the most populous state of India. It captures the journey of a shy and introvert boy from the hills of Uttarakhand who has now become a man of consensus. 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 First definitive biography of a monk who has become the chief minister of the most populous state of India. It captures the journey of a shy and introvert boy from the hills of Uttarakhand who has now become a man of consensus. 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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First definitive biography of a monk who has become the chief minister of the most populous state of India. It captures the journey of a shy and introvert boy from the hills of Uttarakhand who has now become a man of consensus. 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 First definitive biography of a monk who has become the chief minister of the most populous state of India. It captures the journey of a shy and introvert boy from the hills of Uttarakhand who has now become a man of consensus. 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.

30 review for The Monk Who Became Chief Minister: The Definitive Biography of Yogi Adityanath

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shitiz Srivastava

    I am a right winger and Modi Government supporter. That makes me a Yogi supporter as well. I didn't like Yogi Adityanath before he became CM because Media was biased towards him and my opinion about him was based on the media reports. After he became CM he started working very fast and made some real changes in UP. Progress increased. The law and order situation got better. Animals were being taken care of. Illegal businesses and holding were ended. Corruption decreased. I became his fan and my cur I am a right winger and Modi Government supporter. That makes me a Yogi supporter as well. I didn't like Yogi Adityanath before he became CM because Media was biased towards him and my opinion about him was based on the media reports. After he became CM he started working very fast and made some real changes in UP. Progress increased. The law and order situation got better. Animals were being taken care of. Illegal businesses and holding were ended. Corruption decreased. I became his fan and my curiosity moved over to Wikipedia articles and news reports. I wanted to know more about him. So I googled and landed on this book on Amazon. The book does not offer many new things that are not in media reports but there are few things about Yogi's life which you will receive from this book, like where he was born, how he got inspired to become Yogi, his journey as a Yogi and then from Yogi to a Member of Parliament. There are times when book becomes repetitive and feels like it was written as a part of some assignment but still it is an interesting read for someone who wants to know more about Yogi. If you are not a Yogi fan then I would suggest you can easily skip it. The most interesting part of the book is about Yogi's lifestyle in Gorakhpur. How he became a Kanphata Sadhu, a high level of Yog where the Yogi has to get their ears pierced and wear huge kundals in them and the condition is that while the ears are getting pierced, the Yogi cannot show the pain. If he shows pain or shouts he will be disqualified. There are also interesting anecdotes about how he helped people of Goraphpur, uplifted them and faught for their rights. I believe that a little more research and a little more craft of writing would have made this book much better and I think the author should work again on this book and replublish it with the help of a good editor.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shantanu Jain

    Loved the book! I am still wondering why so many people are ridiculing the book as propaganda. The book simply tells the truth without mincing words. Be it illegal slaughterhouses, love jihad, forced conversions, haj visa, etc., Yogi ji’s statements are based on facts. Truth is hard to swallow for liberals I guess.

  3. 4 out of 5

    David Antoš

    Not just ridiculously one-sided propaganda of a chief hate monger but also pretty badly written. Repetitive, extremely servile and uneven, includes lengthy interview quotes, irrelevant details instead of actual information. You learn very little about this scary person besides the trivia you would know from Wikipedia and newspapers. Would work well as an election pamphlet had it been much shorter and in Hindi.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nawal Agrawal

    This is very interesting book and brings other side of Yogi ji i.e. positive side. Shantanu beautifully depicts all the developments and Yogi ji's engagement on ground. Must read for someone who wants to get into details of life of Yogi ji. This is very interesting book and brings other side of Yogi ji i.e. positive side. Shantanu beautifully depicts all the developments and Yogi ji's engagement on ground. Must read for someone who wants to get into details of life of Yogi ji.

  5. 4 out of 5

    animesh jain

    One of the rarest of rare book showing another side of yogi.a well grounded and researched work by Shantanu Gupta separating facts from propaganda. The book shows the rise of a monk in U.P's politics.book explicitly shows efficiency of work done by yogi govt. in it's initial days.book also points at his robust performance as a parliamentarian since 1998.Some of the major controversies for which he is often criticised is also laid to rest with facts and datas. One of the rarest of rare book showing another side of yogi.a well grounded and researched work by Shantanu Gupta separating facts from propaganda. The book shows the rise of a monk in U.P's politics.book explicitly shows efficiency of work done by yogi govt. in it's initial days.book also points at his robust performance as a parliamentarian since 1998.Some of the major controversies for which he is often criticised is also laid to rest with facts and datas.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vedvrat Shikarpur

    A quick read on the life of the CM of UP from his humble beginnings in Gorakhpur to his journey as the head of the state. Although the book doesn't touch upon many of his speeches that caused a storm, it gives a great insight into his work, much of which is hidden by the mainstream media. The book tells Yogi's story that the BJP would like to portray and lacks a neutral storytelling that was required. A quick read on the life of the CM of UP from his humble beginnings in Gorakhpur to his journey as the head of the state. Although the book doesn't touch upon many of his speeches that caused a storm, it gives a great insight into his work, much of which is hidden by the mainstream media. The book tells Yogi's story that the BJP would like to portray and lacks a neutral storytelling that was required.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ravinder Venkataraman

    Factually enriching Our nation is going through a re-defining period and the Yogi is an important actor in this drama. The book is timely and factually enriching and I recommend it to all Indian nationalists.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Piyush

    Great attempt by S.Gupta. It was great to read about Yogi Adityanath, his history, the Nath mutt, and his work style and ethics. The slight drawback would be just the writing style, reads a bit more like an article in a newspaper/journal rather than a story - perhaps that was the intent not sure. Yogi Adityanath is a great figure and genuine leader - people who're willing to look past the propaganda and their own biases against political plight of Hindus. Great attempt by S.Gupta. It was great to read about Yogi Adityanath, his history, the Nath mutt, and his work style and ethics. The slight drawback would be just the writing style, reads a bit more like an article in a newspaper/journal rather than a story - perhaps that was the intent not sure. Yogi Adityanath is a great figure and genuine leader - people who're willing to look past the propaganda and their own biases against political plight of Hindus.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nisarg Soni

    Very informative book. It seems author Mr. Shantanu Gupta done many research & hard work to find The facts and wrote it down. The journey from Ajay Bisht to Yogi Adityanath explained very well by author. Must read to understand the will power & dedication of CM of Uttar Pradesh _ Yogi Adityanath.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rishabh Mittal

    The first definitive biography of CM of UP, Yogi Adityanath is an interesting read. 〰️ Book is divided into 4 parts: 1. Yogi as CM 2. Yogi as Head priest of Gorakhpur Muth 3. Aditya Bisht in College 4. Aditya Bisht in School The sequence of chapters sound unusual, but it was fine! 〰️ Somewhere I felt the author tried to convince me to join RSS, But it’s a compliment at the same time. Interesting sneak peak into CM’s life!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jayant Shilanjan Mundhra

    **Yogi Adityanath.** This book is a justification of him. Justification of why a commoner Rajput boy hailing from a small village in Uttarakhand deserves to be the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. * A commoner who graduated from Science background, and later went on to pursue vedic texts out of passion and interest, later joining one of the most revered temples in India and eventually be risen to the post of its Mahant. * A commoner who not only became the youngest individual to ever be elected to t **Yogi Adityanath.** This book is a justification of him. Justification of why a commoner Rajput boy hailing from a small village in Uttarakhand deserves to be the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. * A commoner who graduated from Science background, and later went on to pursue vedic texts out of passion and interest, later joining one of the most revered temples in India and eventually be risen to the post of its Mahant. * A commoner who not only became the youngest individual to ever be elected to the parliament in Independent India, but also someone who never lost an election in his life after that. * A commoner whose actual family continues to live a common life in that same old remote village in Uttarakhand, despite him becoming one of the most popular and powerful politicians in all of India. * A commoner who has on his own merit, without any support from any second man whosoever, has himself risen to the pedestal he stands on today, unlike Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi, Tejaswi Yadav, or umpteen other such figures who would have never been even known to the common men if not for their fathers. This book is all about proving a point. The point that you have been fed just too much of lies and propaganda about this commoner man by the mainstream media. The point that the likes of Barkha Dutt, Ravish Kumar, Sagarika Ghosh and others have not just branded him an undeserving saffron wearing hardliner, but also proliferated just too much of misinformation about him, his views and opinions. It would not have been the best book for most people to invest their money, time and energy on. However, given the astounding deal of misinformation and falsified propaganda that has been carried out relentlessly by the mainstream media and the unending band of 'liberal' figures about Yogi Adityanath, reading this book becomes all the way more important in today's times. Let's not kid ourselves. One can hate him, or admire him, but simply not ignore him in today's times. And, the worse is to hate him or admire him without even knowing the real him. At the then age of 26 with a vote margin of 26,000 votes, he won his first ever parliamentary election in 1998. In the next election in 1999, that margin came down to 7,000 votes but he managed to win. The next time though, in 2004, he won by a massive margin of 1,40,000 votes! Then next time in 2009, he further widened his victory margin to 2,20,000 votes. And, as if that wasn't already a big enough win for him, in the 2014 elections this supposed 'orange-cladded uncouth priest and Hindu militant politician' won by a victory margin of a mind-numbing 3,00,000 votes. Mind that, its not that his total votes were 3,00,000 votes, but the margin was 3,00,000. Had that even have been the total number of votes in his favour, that would have been a big number in itself. The book made me question the notion that he doesn't deserve the position he is in today. The book brought out to my knowledge a hell lot of information about this man which the traditional media not just never reported, but also distorted umpteen number of times. Barkha Dutt openly called him an orange CM long back in a summit. Well, how does his dressing choice make him imperfect for the job given he has a solid record as a parliamentarian, which is way higher than most Indian MPs. Yes, that's true. The book offers solid facts, numbers and much other such data about his attendance, debates and performance in Lok Sabha. Add to that his remarkable political career. How is he any lesser worthy than much older, lessor proven, and much tainted Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav? This book is a justification of all of that. And, does it accomplish its purpose? Absolutely. Signing off, Shilanjan

  12. 5 out of 5

    Guttu

    When you say biography, it usually has account of the life of a person. There are intimate details of his early life, struggles till the point of achievement or beyond. But this book misses everything.  I have immense respect for Yogiji for what he has done and is doing for the state of UP. His leadership is remarkable and decisive. This is what made me pick this book so that I can learn something from his life and try to implement it. I am thoroughly disappointed with the contents of the book wh When you say biography, it usually has account of the life of a person. There are intimate details of his early life, struggles till the point of achievement or beyond. But this book misses everything.  I have immense respect for Yogiji for what he has done and is doing for the state of UP. His leadership is remarkable and decisive. This is what made me pick this book so that I can learn something from his life and try to implement it. I am thoroughly disappointed with the contents of the book which feels like publicity gimmick to bring forward or showcase the achievements of BJP.  Most of the book is filled with the history of BJP, its role in Indian politics and how well it is connected with other Hindu Organizations. There are glimpses of Yogiji's student life, his rise to becoming a Mahant, towards the end which comprises of just five percent of total pages. There is some new information in this book which puts some light on the construction of Ram Mandir. That's it. If you want to read this book to know more about Yogiji then you will be disappointed just like me. Look somewhere else. Avoid this if you can. 

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karthik D.R

    Though sounded to biased in favour of Yogi ji. I liked this side of the story too.. If he does good things to the nation with "humanity", doesn't matter what's his political ideology or what He is in his life! Let the humanity win! Though sounded to biased in favour of Yogi ji. I liked this side of the story too.. If he does good things to the nation with "humanity", doesn't matter what's his political ideology or what He is in his life! Let the humanity win!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sambasivan

    For the uninitiated, this book gives a whirlwind tour of the political life of Adityanath. Obviously biased, this portrays the image that he wanted to be portrayed. Ok read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mitesh Patel

    Very interesting book that combines biography of Yogi Adityanath and also some interesting background on what he represents. Of course, this book is a bit one-sided but interesting nevertheless

  16. 4 out of 5

    Guru Prasath

    Being a BJP supporter myself, this does not shy away from being a pure propaganda and it is a insult to its readers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    NaveenK

    If you're following Yogi Ji for long, you'll not find anything new. But if you have prejudices based on what media has reported about him so far, then its a must read!! If you're following Yogi Ji for long, you'll not find anything new. But if you have prejudices based on what media has reported about him so far, then its a must read!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gaurang

    Its a biography so I don't understand why people are calling it a propaganda. If people think there is too much white washing then someone should please tell me books which explain the bad side of yogi. Looking at the disciplined life and his interviews, I am sure the image created by the media is a fake one. Would have loved a more detailed account. Its a biography so I don't understand why people are calling it a propaganda. If people think there is too much white washing then someone should please tell me books which explain the bad side of yogi. Looking at the disciplined life and his interviews, I am sure the image created by the media is a fake one. Would have loved a more detailed account.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Atul

    I have a high respect for the man and I am sure he will do wonders. I will wait for him to be Prime minister of India in near future.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sumit Banerjee

    Long story short, quite an underwhelming read for such a personality of the Indian politics. Long story long, this book came into my eyesight when I heard Shantanu Gupta in an interview. That small segment was much better than reading through this entire biography. A significant portion of the book has speeches and interview of Yogi Adityanath verbatim produced without much analyses done in that context. Additionally, a large chunk of the book is similar to the Twitter discussions countering the c Long story short, quite an underwhelming read for such a personality of the Indian politics. Long story long, this book came into my eyesight when I heard Shantanu Gupta in an interview. That small segment was much better than reading through this entire biography. A significant portion of the book has speeches and interview of Yogi Adityanath verbatim produced without much analyses done in that context. Additionally, a large chunk of the book is similar to the Twitter discussions countering the charges of 'liberal' media on Yogi Adityanath. I liked the way the book was set up in a reverse chronological matter, but the matter of the book was not intriguing enough. However, there was no interview or interaction with YA's colleagues to know more about his attitude and outlook towards his work and responsibilities. Also, the author did not invite any counter opinions to his words which just makes the book looks like an attempt to lionize YA. Also, there are plethora of spelling and typeset errors in the book that just takes away the attention off the read. To say that the writing is almost banal is an understatement.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sushant Singh

    At the outset, let me confess that I hail from Uttar Pradesh and I am an admirer of Mahant Ji. So I had to read this book, to know more about the man who has an uphill task of reforming a notorious state like Uttar Pradesh. The book isn't great. There are grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and the sequence of events aren't cohesive. It could have been a simple biography in chronological order. It has covered every aspect of Yogi Ji's life and has exposed every issue which has paralysed the sta At the outset, let me confess that I hail from Uttar Pradesh and I am an admirer of Mahant Ji. So I had to read this book, to know more about the man who has an uphill task of reforming a notorious state like Uttar Pradesh. The book isn't great. There are grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and the sequence of events aren't cohesive. It could have been a simple biography in chronological order. It has covered every aspect of Yogi Ji's life and has exposed every issue which has paralysed the state, which has ample potential. The part which I personally loved is the history of Gorakhnath Math and what was the contribution of the Math to the Indian freedom struggle. It is not a great book, but it is decent. Read it, only if you are a neutral person or a Yogi admirer.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dixit

    The book covers inspiring life story of Yogi Adityanath. The journey of a boy from a small hilly village of Uttarakhand to being the Peethadheeshwar of Gorakshdham Peeth and the head of the great Nath Sampradaya and finally the CM of Uttar Pradesh. His performance as a parliamentarian is also very impressive but is generally not talked about much. The writing style is very plain and uncomplicated.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anurag Gupta

    I'm not into politics, so I'm quite neutral, but anyone can tell this book is biased and written by a fanboy from 100 miles. It's brief, not thoroughly researched and nothing spectacular. Don't buy, don't read. I'm not into politics, so I'm quite neutral, but anyone can tell this book is biased and written by a fanboy from 100 miles. It's brief, not thoroughly researched and nothing spectacular. Don't buy, don't read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anurag Mishra

    Not a good one to read . Unnecessary pages were filled with photos , history of gorakhpur and mutt. Less about the political life . The controversies mentioned are brief and no detailed explanation is given . Some speeches quoted are definitely good. rest nothing new insight is given

  25. 5 out of 5

    sai

    It bills itself a biography but it reads like a love song. Don't read this if you want to read an analytical review of Adityanath's life story. It bills itself a biography but it reads like a love song. Don't read this if you want to read an analytical review of Adityanath's life story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anuradha Goyal

    Detailed Review - https://www.anureviews.com/monk-who-b... Detailed Review - https://www.anureviews.com/monk-who-b...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ravi Khare

    Replete with propaganda so servile that it might as well have been penned down by a being who finds thinking for himself an insurmountable quandry.

  28. 5 out of 5

    krishna durvasula

    The book does not have a flow to it, the author researched quite a bit and wrote topics as he researched with quite a bit of overlaps. Overall a good book to know more about Yogi Adityanath

  29. 5 out of 5

    Akash

    Disappointing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yash Sharma

    Total waste of money 💰- A) This book is nothing but a simple technique used by the author to just "copy" and " paste" from the television shows and the newspapers . B) "Biased views" on yogi Adityanath,and this is basically a political party election pamphlet rather than a book. C) I will recommend, think twice before buying this so called biography. D) The only thing you will get from this book is few old photos of yogi adityanath,so if u really want to see how young Ajay a.k.a(yogi adityanath) look Total waste of money 💰- A) This book is nothing but a simple technique used by the author to just "copy" and " paste" from the television shows and the newspapers . B) "Biased views" on yogi Adityanath,and this is basically a political party election pamphlet rather than a book. C) I will recommend, think twice before buying this so called biography. D) The only thing you will get from this book is few old photos of yogi adityanath,so if u really want to see how young Ajay a.k.a(yogi adityanath) looks than go for it. I hope u like the review,thanks for reading."Jai hind."

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