Yogendra Yadav

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Yogendra Yadav
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Yogendra Yadav
Born (1963-09-05) 5 September 1963 (age 55)
Residence New Delhi
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Rajasthan University (BA),
JNU Delhi (MA),
Punjab University, Chandigarh (M Phil)
Occupation psephologist, politician
Political party Aam Aadmi Party (2012-2015)
Swaraj India
Spouse(s) Madhulika Banerjee

Yogendra Yadav is an Indian politician, psephologist 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.[1] He was a member of the National Executive of the Aam Aadmi Party until 2015. He was ousted from the AAP in 2015.

Yadav is a founding member of Swaraj India and Jai Kisan Andolan.[2]

Early life[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. He was born in a Hindu Yadav family and 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.[3][4][5]

Academics and research[edit]

Before joining CSDS, he was a professor of Political science at Punjab University, Chandigarh (1985-1993).[6] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Yadav was appointed as a member of the National Advisory Council for the implementation of the Right to Education Act in 2010.[8] He was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in 2004.[6]


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.[9][10] Yadav served as a member of the National Executive of the party.[11] 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.[12] Yadav had argued that there was no conflict.[13]

Yadav contested the 2014 Indian general elections from Gurgaon constituency as an AAP candidate.[14] He came fourth and lost his deposit.[15]

On 4 March 2015, Yadav was voted out of AAP's Political Affairs Committee (PAC).[16] Subsequently, on 28 March, he was expelled from the party's National Executive for alleged "anti-party activities".[17] In April, he was expelled from the party.[18] 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.[19]

Together with Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar (sociologist) and Ajit Jha, Yadav has formed a new political organisation called Swaraj India.[19][20][21]

Awards and honours[edit]


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.[6]


  • 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.[24]
  • Democratic Politics - 2 (2006) Chief Advisor with Suhas Palshikar, published by NCERT.[24]

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:[6]

  • “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. ^ "AAP MLA starts signature campaign for removing Bhushans, Yadav from party" (Post.jagran.com). Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  2. ^ "Swaraj India: Yadav, Bhushan finalise national team, launch farmer movement". Firstpost. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  3. ^ Sharma, Mohit (5 April 2014). "Yogendra Yadav says his family, friends know him as Salim". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  4. ^ "AAP's Yogendra Yadav was called Salim as a child". DNA. IANS. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  5. ^ Sandhu, Veenu (29 March 2014). "Yogendra Yadav: From theory to practice". =Business Standard. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Professor Yogendra Yadav". Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Expert boost is the secret of Rahul's raw power". DNA. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  8. ^ "HRD panel to oversee RTE rollout". The Times of India. TNN. 26 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Kejriwal's A-Team: The who's who of the Aam Aadmi Party". FirstPost. 26 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rajneeti is the yogdharma of the anti-corruption movement'". Rediff. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  11. ^ "National Executive". Aam Aadmi Party. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  12. ^ "Yogendra Yadav – 'They have been trying to put pressure on my family'". India Opines. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  13. ^ Mukul, Akshaya (18 September 2013). "HRD ministry 'retires' Yogendra Yadav as UGC member". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  14. ^ "AAP releases its list of first 20 Candidates for Lok Sabha Polls 2014". Bihar Prabha. IANS. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  15. ^ Aggarwal, Mayank (16 May 2014). "All said it is a good start for AAP: Yogendra Yadav". DNA. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  16. ^ Mehrotra, Sonal (4 March 2015). "Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan Removed From Key AAP Panel". NDTV. Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  17. ^ Ghose, Dipankar; Vatsa, Aditi (29 March 2015). "Aam Aadmi Party split: Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav out of national executive". Indian Express. Retrieved 2015-04-20. 
  18. ^ Sriram, Jayant. "AAP expels four rebel leaders". The Hindu. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  19. ^ 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 2015-08-16. 
  20. ^ Dhawn, Himanshi. "350 volunteers quit AAP in Maharashtra". The Times of India. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  21. ^ "Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav finds support in Haryana". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  22. ^ (PDF). CSDS http://www.csds.in/pdfs_dataunit/yogendra%20yadav/cv.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Yogendra Yadav". CSDS. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  24. ^ a b "National Council Of Educational Research And Training :: Home". ncert.nic.in. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 

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