Phoolan Devi

1963 - 2001

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Phoolan Devi (10 August 1963 – 25 July 2001), popularly known as "Bandit Queen", was a bandit who later became a female right activist and politician from the Samajwadi Party who later served as Member of Parliament. Born into a poor family in rural Uttar Pradesh, Devi endured poverty, child marriage and had an abusive marriage before taking to a life of crime. As a result, Devi sought escape by running away and joining a gang of bandits. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Phoolan Devi has received more than 3,692,035 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Phoolan Devi is the 12,173rd most popular politician (down from 12,037th in 2019), the 460th most popular biography from India (down from 433rd in 2019) and the 147th most popular Indian Politician.

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Among politicians, Phoolan Devi ranks 12,173 out of 15,710Before her are Federico Laredo Brú, Timur Shah Durrani, Conan II, Duke of Brittany, Meira Kumar, Veríssimo Correia Seabra, and Arseniy Yatsenyuk. After her are Thomas Madsen-Mygdal, José Mariano Salas, Jean Tiberi, Benjamin Sheares, Alexander Stubb, and Sharad Pawar.

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Among people born in 1963, Phoolan Devi ranks 200Before her are Richard Marx, R. J. Palacio, Dave Legeno, Phoebe Cates, Glória Pires, and Pirmin Zurbriggen. After her are Francesco Quinn, Dizzy Reed, Jon Brion, Lajos Détári, Jan Heintze, and Rupert Graves. Among people deceased in 2001, Phoolan Devi ranks 187Before her are Mario Perazzolo, Eileen Heckart, Jenő Fock, Ernst Baier, Delia Derbyshire, and Yuri Ozerov. After her are Eudora Welty, Harry Winter, Alberto Gallardo, Stanislav Rostotsky, Franco Rasetti, and Boris Rybakov.

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Among people born in India, Phoolan Devi ranks 460 out of 1,227Before her are Girish Karnad (1938), Bhimsen Joshi (1922), Bhupen Hazarika (1926), Derek Prince (1915), Meira Kumar (1945), and Launceston Elliot (1874). After her are Sharad Pawar (1940), Muhammad Azam Shah (1653), Om Puri (1950), Vyjayanthimala Bali (1936), Christian Zacharias (1950), and Yashpal (1903).


Among politicians born in India, Phoolan Devi ranks 147Before her are Mulayam Singh Yadav (1939), Jagat Gosain (1573), Palden Thondup Namgyal (1923), Jayalalithaa (1948), Prince Vijaya (-543), and Meira Kumar (1945). After her are Sharad Pawar (1940), Muhammad Azam Shah (1653), Venkaiah Naidu (1949), Govind Ballabh Pant (1887), Bhairon Singh Shekhawat (1923), and Mamata Banerjee (1955).