Yogendra Yadav

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Yogendra Yadav
Yadav in 2014
Born (1963-09-05) 5 September 1963 (age 60)
Alma materRajasthan University (BA)
Jawaharlal Nehru University (MA)
Panjab University (MPhil) [1]
Occupation(s)Psephologist, writer, activist, politician
Political partySwaraj India (2016-present)
Aam Aadmi Party (2012-2015)
SpouseMadhulika Banerjee
WebsiteYogendra Yadav on Twitter

Yogendra Yadav (born 5 September 1963) is an Indian activist, psephologist and politician whose primary interests are in the political and social sciences.[2][3] He was a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi from 2004 to 2016. He is a former member of University Grants Commission (UGC) and National Advisory Council on Right to Education Act (NAC-RTE) constituted by Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Govt of India, in 2010.[4] He was a member of the National Executive of the Aam Aadmi Party until 2015.

Yadav is a founding member of Swaraj Abhiyan and Jai Kisan Andolan.[5] He was the founding National President of Swaraj India, a registered political party.[6]

Early life

Yogendra Yadav addressing a rally in Mumbai.

Yogendra Yadav's father was a professor of economics and his paternal grandfather was a teacher. His wife, Madhulika Banerjee, is a professor at the University of Delhi. His childhood 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 mocked by 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.[7][8][9]

Academics and research

Before joining CSDS, he was an assistant professor of Political Science at Panjab University, Chandigarh (1985-1993).[10] 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.[10] Since 1996, he has been a psephologist and political commentator on a number of television channels in India including Doordarshan, NDTV and CNN-IBN.[citation needed]

Yadav was appointed as a member of the National Advisory Council for the implementation of the Right to Education Act in 2010.[11] He was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in 2004.[10]


In 2011, Yadav supported the general aims of, and spoke publicly at events, during the nationwide anti-corruption protests and later joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), formed by anti-corruption activists.[12][13] Yadav served as a member of the National Executive of the party.[14] His involvement with the AAP 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.[15] Yadav had argued that there was no conflict.[16]

Yadav contested the 2014 Indian general elections from Gurgaon constituency as an AAP candidate.[17] He came fourth and lost his deposit.[18]

On 4 March 2015, Yadav was voted out of AAP's Political Affairs Committee (PAC).[19] Subsequently, on 28 March, he was expelled from the party's National Executive for alleged "anti-party activities".[20] In April, he was expelled from the party.[21] Yadav denied being involved in anti-party activities and stated that he was victimised for challenging "dictatorial ways" of the party's chief Arvind Kejriwal.[22]

Together with Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar (sociologist) and Ajit Jha, Yadav has formed a new political organisation called Swaraj Abhiyan.[22][23][24] Yogendra Yadav urged Delhi voters to choose NOTA in 2019 Indian general election as no political parties in Delhi have fulfilled their promises.[25][26] He termed NOTA as “No Till an Alternative”.[27][28]

Yadav is a member of Samyukt Kisan Morcha coordination committee, which spearheaded the 2020–2021 Indian farmers' protest. In 2022, Yogendra Yadav joined Rahul Gandhi - led Bharat Jodo Yatra and described the Yatra as a Dakshinayana movement of India, where the influences of the South are carried to the North.[29][30]

Political positions

Anti English and Hindi as the medium of instruction

He supports removing English language as a medium of teaching from higher education while opposing replacing it with Hindi. He stated "Bringing Hindi as a substitute for English is as barbaric to me as the dominance of English today." He supports higher education to be done through mother tongues.[31]

Awards and honours

In 2008, Yadav received the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Development Studies.[32] In 2009, he received the Global South Solidarity Award by the International Political Science Association.[33]


Yadav has published many articles and books. He was an editor and advisor 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.[10]


  • Making Sense of Indian Democracy: Theory as Practice (2020)[34]
  • 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.[35]
  • Democratic Politics - 2 (2006) Chief Advisor with Suhas Palshikar, published by NCERT.[35]
  • Modiraj Main Kisan, Double Aamad, ya Double Aafat (2018) on agrarian crisis under the Modi government

Research papers

  • Redesigning Affirmative Action : Castes and Benefits in Higher Education (with Satish Deshpande).[36]


  1. ^ "Yogendra Yadav | Center for Contemporary South Asia".
  2. ^ "ECs stubborn stand on VVPAT audit of just one booth per constituency must change". 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Real reason no govt wants OBC count in Census – it will reveal inconvenient truths". 7 April 2021.
  4. ^ "HRD panel".
  5. ^ "Swaraj India: Yadav, Bhushan finalise national team, launch farmer movement". Firstpost. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ Gass, Saul I.; Harris, Carl M. (2001). "Malcolm baldridge award". Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. p. 471. doi:10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_571. ISBN 978-0-7923-7827-3.
  7. ^ Sharma, Mohit (5 April 2014). "Yogendra Yadav says his family, friends know him as Salim". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 20 April 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  8. ^ "AAP's Yogendra Yadav was called Salim as a child". DNA. IANS. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  9. ^ Sandhu, Veenu (29 March 2014). "Yogendra Yadav: From theory to practice". Business Standard. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d "Professor Yogendra Yadav". Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  11. ^ "HRD panel to oversee RTE rollout". The Times of India. TNN. 26 June 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Kejriwal's A-Team: The who's who of the Aam Aadmi Party". FirstPost. 26 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Rajneeti is the yogdharma of the anti-corruption movement'". Rediff. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  14. ^ "National Executive". Aam Aadmi Party. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Yogendra Yadav – 'They have been trying to put pressure on my family'". India Opines. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  16. ^ Mukul, Akshaya (18 September 2013). "HRD ministry 'retires' Yogendra Yadav as UGC member". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  17. ^ "AAP releases its list of first 20 Candidates for Lok Sabha Polls 2014". Bihar Prabha. IANS. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  18. ^ Aggarwal, Mayank (16 May 2014). "All said it is a good start for AAP: Yogendra Yadav". DNA. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  19. ^ Mehrotra, Sonal (4 March 2015). "Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan Removed From Key AAP Panel". NDTV. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  20. ^ Ghose, Dipankar; Vatsa, Aditi (29 March 2015). "Aam Aadmi Party split: Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav out of national executive". Indian Express. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  21. ^ Sriram, Jayant. "AAP expels four rebel leaders". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  22. ^ a b Mehrotra, Sonal (21 April 2015). "'AAP has Turned into a Khap:' Expelled Leaders Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav Target Arvind Kejriwal". NDTV.com. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  23. ^ Dhawn, Himanshi. "350 volunteers quit AAP in Maharashtra". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  24. ^ "Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav finds support in Haryana". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  25. ^ "Yogendra Yadav urges Delhiites to opt for NOTA". The Hindu. 21 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Swaraj India's NOTA Appeal Restricted Only to Delhi: Yogendra Yadav". 27 April 2019.
  27. ^ "No contradiction between seeing BJP as threat to India & voting NOTA this election". May 2019.
  28. ^ MG Arun (2 March 2019). "Farmers' issues need to take centrestage, say panelists at India Today Conclave". India Today. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  29. ^ Kumar, B. S. Satish (28 September 2022). "Bharat Jodo Yatra is Dakshinayana movement where influences of South are carried to North: Yogendra Yadav". The Hindu.
  30. ^ "Arc of Yogendra Yadav's journey: 'Congress must die' to 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', AAP to Swaraj India". 10 September 2022.
  31. ^ "Video | 'English Must Be Phased Out': Yogendra Yadav". NDTV. 11 October 2022. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  32. ^ "CSDS" (PDF). CSDS.
  33. ^ "Yogendra Yadav". CSDS. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  34. ^ Yadav, Yogendra. Making Sense Of Indian Democracy: Theory as Practice. ASIN 8178245469.
  35. ^ a b "National Council Of Educational Research And Training :: Home". ncert.nic.in. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  36. ^ "Redesigning Affirmative Action: Castes and Benefits in Higher Education | Request PDF". ResearchGate. Retrieved 26 September 2020.

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