August 5, 2001
Phoolan Devi was media’s
magnificent obsession for over two years. She herself liked to be known
as ‘dasyu sundari, the beloved of Vikram Mallah.’ She had never been
identified before the Behmai massacre and even those details were
sketchy. But once she gained notoriety, stories about her abounded.
These accounts were offered by villagers, friends and even her parents.
Did the myth of the Bandit Queen overshadow the real Phoolan Devi?
Bhatnagar covered her ‘exploits’ for over two years as she
moved from one end of the Chambal ravines to another and spoke to every
one connected with her. He recounts his attempts to track her down.
Einstein tried to prevent the atom bomb
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