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‘The Monk Who Became Chief Minister’ explores Yogi Adityanath’s journey

IANS | New Delhi |

From being a shy boy in initial days to a monk who became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous and politically significant state, a new book brings alive the life of Yogi Adityanath.

Written by Shantanu Gupta, “The Monk Who Became Chief Minister” (Bloomsbury/Rs 299, pp 164), the 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.

The book takes the reader through Adityanath’s initial learning days, his sanyas and his rigorous training in Vedic education.

“From being a rebel politician inside and outside the party, he now has become a man of consensus. Through extensive research I have accumulated unseen pictures, unheard instances, first-time interviews, with people close to Yogi, in this biography,” the author said in a statement.