Didi: The Untold Mamata Banerjee

Editor | Politics

Here is everything you need to know about one of India’s toughest women – from her years of college politics, to defeating the Left Front, to the role she will play in 2019.

Mamata Banerjee, with her unique style of politics, was able to defeat the formidable three-decade-old Left Front Government in 2011. Exploring her struggles and achievements, Didi opens a window to the life and times of one of the most dynamic politicians of our country.

‘The general elections of 2019 can see [Mamata Banerjee] play kingmaker . . . She is the only regional leader who can claim to have that kind of clout. Jayalalithaa is no more and Nitish Kumar has changed over to the NDA. The year 2018 also witnessed the demise of another pedagogue of Dravidian politics, K. Karunanidhi. With the Congress showing signs of resurgence, and regional parties agreeing to forge a Federal Front, Mamata is more than aware that if she gets her electoral mathematics right, she could play a decisive role in the next Lok Sabha polls-maybe even stand a chance at prime ministership.’

About the author

Shutapa Paul has been a journalist for over twelve years, having worked across print and electronic media. Currently, she is founder editor of NewCrop, a video-first, digital media platform for start-ups and entrepreneurs, and founder of a media consultancy, Dharma Media Consultants. A columnist, anchor and panel discussion moderator, Shutapa was selected as one of the fifteen Indians to lead the Australia India Youth Dialogue in 2017. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the ‘100 Women Faces’ by the Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs.

This is the first biography of Mamata Banerjee that has been written for a national audience, it brings out the unique position she occupies in Indian politics, and situates her in a national rather than simply regional context.

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