Yogi Adityanath

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Yogi Adityanath (योगी आदित्यनाथ) (born Ajay Singh Bisht;[1] 5 June 1972[2]) is an Indian priest and politician.[3][4][5][6][7] He is the current Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh. He was appointed in March 2017 after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2017 state assembly elections, in which he was a prominent campaigner.[8][9][10] He has been the Member of Parliament from the Gorakhpur constituency, Uttar Pradesh for five consecutive terms since 1998.[11] Adityanath is also the Mahant or head priest of the Gorakhnath Math, a Hindu temple in Gorakhpur, a position he has held since the death of his spiritual "father," Mahant Avaidyanath, in September 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Yogi Adityanath was born as Ajay Singh Bisht into a Garhwali Rajput family on 5 June 1972 in the village of Panchur, in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand (formerly in Uttar Pradesh).[12][13][14] His father Anand Singh Bisht was a forest ranger.[15] He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand.[16][17]

He left home around 1990s to join the Ayodhya Ram temple movement. He came under the influence of Mahant Avaidyanath, the chief priest of the Gorakhnath Math, and became his disciple. Subsequently he was given the name 'Yogi Adityanath' and designated as the successor of the Mahant Avaidyanath. While based in Gorakhpur after his initiation, Adityanath has often visited his ancestral village, establishing a school there in 1998.[15]

Gorakhnath Math[edit]

Adityanath renounced his family at the age of 21 and became a disciple of Mahant Avaidyanath, then the head priest of Gorakhnath Math.[16] He was promoted to the rank of Mahant of Guru Gorakhnath Temple, following the death of Mahant Aavaidyanath on 12 September 2014. Yogi Adityanath was made Peethadhishwar of Gorakhnath Temple amid traditional rituals of the Nath sect on 14 September 2014.[18]

Women's rights[edit]

Yogi Adityanath set up a 100 fast track courts for crimes against women that would deal only about women's rights issues.[1] He has also taken important steps against the Islamic triple talaq practice which permits Muslim males to divorce their wives by uttering three times the words "I divorce thee".[2] [3] [4]

Bias and errors at wikipedia[edit]

Like almost all articles on Indian politics, the wikipedia article is (very obviously) extremely biased, and many of his views have been distorted [5]. In wikipedia, Yogi Adityanath is criticized for supporting the voluntary re-conversion of former Hindus to Hinduism, but somehow the conversion of Hindus and tribals to Christianity or Islam through missionary tactics or force is not a problem. In other cases, his views against Islamic terrorism and supremacism have been distorted as Hindu chauvinism. This fits in with wikipedia's systemic anti-Hindu bias especially in political articles.

The wikipedia article also fails to mention the important steps Yogi Adityanath has taken for progressive women's rights, including about the triple talaq issue.


  1. In The End, This Is What Worked In Yogi Adityanath's Favour, 18 March 2017.
  2. Shri Yogi Adityanath: Members bioprofile, Sixteenth Lok Sabha, retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. Ellen Barry (18 March 2017), "Firebrand Hindu Cleric Yogi Adityanath Picked as Uttar Pradesh Minister", The New York Times 
  4. "Yogi Adityanath is new Uttar Pradesh CM, will have two deputies". The Indian Express. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  5. "Yogi Adityanath, Hindutva Firebrand, Is The New CM Of UP". Huffington Post India. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  6. "Yogi Adityanath as UP CM: How BJP played the biggest gamble picking the Hindutva leader". Hindustan Times. 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  7. PTI. "BJP Names Hindutva Firebrand Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister". thewire.in. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  8. "BJP's Adityanath sworn in as UP chief minister with 2 deputies". The Times of India. 19 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  9. "Hindu firebrand Yogi Adityanath picked as Uttar Pradesh chief minister". BBC News. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  10. "Yogi Adityanath is new Uttar Pradesh CM, will have two deputies". The Indian Express. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  11. Singh, Akhilesh (22 March 2017). "Yogi, Parrikar and Maurya to stay MPs till President polls in July". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  12. Srivastava, Piyush (14 March 2007). "The Yogi who courts controversy". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  13. "Saffron power in Gorakhpur". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  14. "Smart father’s ‘simple’ son battles a Yogi". Telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Anupam Trivedi, Father, villagers in Uttarakhand elated over Yogi Adityanath’s elevation as UP CM, Hindustan Times, 19 March 2017.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Yogi Adityanath, a Maths graduate who became a sanyasi", The Economic Times, 19 March 2017 
  17. "How a Pauri youth turned into Yogi". The Times of India. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  18. Verma, Lalmani (15 September 2014). "Yogi Adityanath anointed Gorakshnath Peeth head seer, political clout set to rise". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  • I believe that the word secular is the biggest lie since Independence. Those that have given birth to this lie and those that use it should apologise to the people and this country. No system can be secular. Political system can be sect-neutral. If someone were to say that government has to be run by one way of prayer, that is not possible. In UP, I have to look at 22 crore people and I am answerable for their security and their feelings. But I am not sitting here to ruin one community either. You can be sect-neutral but not secular.
    • Yogi Adityanath, quoted in The Indian Express, Secular word is the biggest lie, says Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, 14 November 2017. [6]
  • Distorting history is no less a crime than sedition.
    • Yogi Adityanath, quoted in The Indian Express, Secular word is the biggest lie, says Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, 14 November 2017. [7]

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Mahant Avaidyanath
Member of Parliament
for Member for Gorakhpur

1998 – 2017
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Akhilesh Yadav
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
19 March 2017 – Present
Succeeded by