Building the Mayawati Empire, Uttar Pradesh, India
22 images Created 8 Mar 2010
Mayawati, U.P.'s Chief Minister for the 4th time in a row, is an icon for millions of India's Dalits, or "Untouchables" who provide an important base for her after centuries of oppression by the Hindu upper castes. But more than that, she is known nation wide as an extremely corrupt, extortionist, untrustworthy, politician who governs with an iron fist and strikes fear in all under her rule. Seen here are massive construction works ordered by Mayawati, but what they are building are hundreds of statues of herself (some even with a clearly marked Versace handbag) and her mentor besides a few other Dalit leaders. There are hundreds of these structures under construction in U.P., which could end up costing $250 million dollars of public money.