Yogendra Yadav

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For the soldier, see Yogendra Singh Yadav.
Yogendra Yadav
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Rajasthan University(BA),
JNU Delhi (MA),
Punjab University, Chandigarh (M Phil)
Political party
Aam Aadmi Party
Spouse(s) Madhulika Banerjee

Yogendra Yadav (born Salim Yadav) is an Indian politician and academic whose primary interests are in the political and social sciences. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi since 2004. He is a former member of University Grants Commission (UGC) and National Advisory Council (NAC) on Right to Education Act (RTE) appointed by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

Background and career[edit]

Yogendra Yadav addressing a rally in Mumbai.

Yogendra Yadav's father is a retired professor of economics and his paternal grandfather was a teacher. His wife, Madhulika Banerjee, is an associate professor at the University of Delhi. His birth name was Salim, which is commonly associated with people of the Muslim faith. It was changed to Yogendra when he was aged five because he was being bullied by Hindu children at school. Yadav says that his original name, and its continued usage among family members and friends, reflects a familial response to the murder of his grandfather in a communal riot in 1936. He denied the accusation that by mentioning it he was attempting to secure Muslim votes.[1][2][3]

Before joining CSDS, he was a professor of Political science at Punjab University, Chandigarh (1985-1993).[4] Between 1995-2002, Yadav was the founder-convenor of the Lokniti network. He was also founder-director of the CSDS Lokniti research programme on comparative democracy between 1997 and 2003.[4] Since 1996, he has been a psephologist and political commentator on a number of television channels in India including Doordarshan, NDTV and CNN-IBN, as well as providing advice to Rahul Gandhi for the 2009 elections.[2]

Yadav was appointed as a member of the National Advisory Council for the implementation of the Right to Education Act in 2010.[5] He was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in 2004.[4]

In 2011, he took part in the nationwide anti-corruption protests and later joined the Aam Aadmi Party.[6] As of 2013, Yadav is a member of the National Executive of the party[7] and has been named as an AAP candidate in the Indian general elections of 2014. He contested the Gurgaon constituency.[8]

His involvement with the Aam Aadmi Party[9] was perceived as creating a conflict of interest with his July 2011 appointment as a member of the University Grants Commission, resulting in the Ministry of Human Resource Development ejecting him from the latter role in September 2013. Yadav has argued that there was no conflict.[10]

He came 4th and lost his deposit in the Lok Sabha elections 2014 fighting from Gurgaon.[11]

Academic achievements, awards, and honours[edit]

  • 2008 : Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Development Studies.[4]
  • 2009 : Global South Solidarity Award by The International Political Science Association in recognition of outstanding work on the politics of the developing world".[12]


Yadav has published many articles and books. He was an editor and adviser for various publications, such as the European Journal of Political Research, Samayik Varta and the Hindi-language social science anthologies titled Lokchhintan and Lokchintak Granthamala.[4]


  • State of Democracy in South Asia (2008) co-authored and co-edited (with Sandeep Shastri and K C Suri).
  • Electoral Politics in Indian States (2009).
  • Democracy in Multi-national Societies (2010) co-authored with Alfred Stepan and Juan Linz.
  • Democratic Politics - 1 (2006) Chief Advisor with Suhas Palshikar, published by NCERT.[13]
  • Democratic Politics - 2 (2006) Chief Advisor with Suhas Palshikar, published by NCERT.[13]

Series edited[edit]

Lokchintan Granthamala, a series of anthologies on social science in Hindi (with V. B. Singh), Vani Prakashan, Delhi. Volumes published under this series (edited by Abhay Kumar Dubey):

  • Loktantra ke saat adhyaya, 2002
  • Adhunikata ke aine mein Dalit, 2002
  • Bharat ka Bhoomandalikaran, 2003
  • Beech Bahas mein Secularwad, 2004,2005

Research articles[edit]

Articles published include:[4]

  • “Between fortuna and virtu: Explaining Congress’ Ambiguous Victory in 2009”, Economic and Political Weekly, 26 September 2009.
  • ‘Rethinking Social Justice’, Seminar, September 2009.
  • Principal State-level Contests and Derivative National Choices: Mapping Electoral Trends in India, 2004-2009, Economic and Political Weekly, February 2009. (with Suhas Palshikar).
  • “Ten theses on state politics”, Seminar, November 2008. (with Suhas Palshikar).
  • ‘Editor’s introduction’ to Electoral Politics, eds. D. L. Sheth and Yogendra Yadav, New Delhi: Sage Publications (with D. L Sheth).
  • “The paradox of political representation”, Seminar, October 2008.
  • “Democracy Barometers: Surveying South Asia” Journal of Democracy, January 2008. (With Peter R. deSouza and Suhas Palshikar).
  • “Epilogue: What does fieldwork do in the field of elections?” in A M Shah, The Grassroots of Democracy: Field Studies of Indian Elections, Delhi: Permanent Black, 2007.
  • “Nation State” or “State Nation”? India in Comparative Perspective in Shankar Bajpai, ed. Democracies and Diversity: India and the American Experience. Delhi and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. (with Alfred Stepan and Juan J. Linz).


  1. ^ Sharma, Mohit (5 April 2014). "Yogendra Yadav says his family, friends know him as Salim". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Aaps yogendra yadav was called salim as a child". DNA. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Sandhu, Veenu (29 March 2014). "Yogendra Yadav: From theory to practice". Business Standard. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Professor Yogendra Yadav". Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "HRD panel to oversee RTE rollout". The Times of India. TNN. 26 June 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kejriwal's A-Team: The who's who of the Aam Aadmi Party". FirstPost. 26 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "National Executive". Aam Aadmi Party. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "AAP releases its list of first 20 Candidates for Lok Sabha Polls 2014". Bihar Prabha. IANS. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Yogendra Yadav – 'They have been trying to put pressure on my family'". India Opines. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Mukul, Akshaya (18 September 2013). "HRD ministry 'retires' Yogendra Yadav as UGC member". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "All said it is a good start for AAP: Yogendra Yadav". DNA. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Yogendra Yadav". CSDS. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  13. ^ a b http://www.ncert.nic.in/ncerts/textbook/textbook.htm?iess4=ps-6

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