Uma Bharti Age, Caste, Family, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki TitleSadhvi ProfessionPolitician Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 161 cm in meters- 1.61 m in feet inches- 5’ 3” Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg in pounds- 154 lbs Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourBlack Politics Political PartyBharatiya Janata Party
Some Lesser Known Facts About Uma Bharti
Uma Bharti is best known for her stringent religious views, i.e., Hindutva ideology, fiery speeches, and her alleged role in the demolition of Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992.
She was born in a poor family of peasants in May 1959. She was mentored by Rajmata of Gwalior- Late Vijaya Raje Scindia.
Late Vijaya Raje Scindia, Rajmata Of Gwalior
Rajmata started teaching her the methodologies of politics when Uma was in her early twenties. As a result, Uma entered the mainstream politics at an early age with becoming a member of BJP and contested her first election in 1984 at an age of 25 but lost the election.
After her feud with L. K. Advani and subsequent expulsion from BJP, she formed her own party named Bharatiya Janshakti Party, now defunct, on 30 April 2006 in Ujjain; only to return later in BJP on 7 June 2011.
Bharatiya Janshakti Party Flag
She did her schooling till the sixth standard. As a child, she was interested in religious courses and often describes herself as a “religious missionary”. She has also been fondly called “Sadhvi”, a Sanskrit honorific term for a female renunciant.
She was strongly inclined towards spiritual pursuits in her childhood and achieved fluency in religious epics including the Gita and the Ramayana which helped her in commanding the status of a demi-god at the peak of the Ayodhya Movement.
She has been repeatedly targeted for the statement in which she said,
If Ganga is not cleaned by 2018, I will take Jal Samadhi.”
She is a prominent social and cultural activist. She often does charities for the poor and destitute through Mata Betibai Charitable Trust and Manav Jagriti Sangh. Once, she went on a fast unto death during Digvijaya Singh‘s reign in MP, for the welfare of the daily wagers in Bhopal.
She has also interest in writing and has penned down 3 books in Hindi namely, Swami Vivekanand in 1972, Peace of Mind (published in Africa) in 1978 and Manav Ek Bhakti Ka Naata in 1983.
She is known for her fierce oratory skills.
A Pamphlet distributed during assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh in 2003 listed Uma Bharti’s Ideological Inspirations- Che Guevara and Michael Schumacher.
Uma Bharti is an ardent follower of Lord Hanumana.
By the age of 6, she had started getting unusual experiences. She also used to feel the presence of dual existence.
She was once engaged, but apparently broke-off because of her religious commitments. She wanted to become a Brahmacharini until her mentor told her that it meant a total renunciation.
In an interview, she said that she was all set to marry K. N. Govindacharya but the marriage was called off by her brother Swami Lodhi on the pretext that he didn’t want to marry her off to an “unattractive, dark-complexioned fellow”.
Uma Bharti With K. N. Govindacharya
On 8 December 2003, she took the oath of the 15th Chief Minister of the Madhya Pradesh; with this, she also became the first woman Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
Uma Bharti sitting in the Madhya Pradesh CM office
After becoming the CM, Uma Bharti paid a visit to the Tirupati temple and got her head shove, a vow she had taken before the elections.
Uma Bharti After Visiting Tirupati
Just before the commencement of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, she announced that she would not contest elections rather would go on for a Tirtha Yatra, and she also decided to cover all the Ganga Ghats on foot.