Public Figure Profiles

Poolan Devi

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. She was the only woman in that gang, and her relationship with one gang member (Vikram Mallah), coupled with caste difference, caused a gunfight between gang members, killing Vikram. The victorious rival faction took turns to rape Devi repeatedly over several weeks. After escaping, Devi rejoined the remnants of her Mallah's faction who were gangs of Mallaah and later her new gang descended upon the village of Behmai to exact revenge.Devi evaded capture for two years after the massacre before she and her few surviving gang members surrendered to the police in 1983. She was charged with 48 crimes, including multiple murders, plunder, arson and kidnapping for ransom. Phoolan spent the next eleven years in jail. The respectful sobriquet 'Devi' was conferred upon her by the media and public.In 1994, the state government headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party withdrew all charges against her and Devi was released. She then stood for election to parliament as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party and was twice elected to the Lok Sabha as the Member of Parliament for Mirzapur. In 2001, she was shot dead at the gates of her official bungalow (allotted to her as MP) in New Delhi by Sher Singh Rana whose kinsmen had been slaughtered at Behmai by her gang. The 1994 film Bandit Queen (made around the time of her release from jail) is loosely based on her life until that point.

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Some of their strengths

Poolan Devi has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intelligent, Generous, Confident, Energetic, Extroverted, Passionate, and Brave.

Bold and Confident

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Poolan Devi is someone who is a bold, confident, energetic, and optimistic person, who is able to combine personal warmth and charisma with intelligence. A person who is ambitious and motivated.

Adaptable and Versatile

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Poolan Devi well know them as someone who can be adaptable, flexible, and polite, like a flower or a sapling.

Courteous and Easygoing

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Poolan Devi as someone who is polite, modest, and diplomatic.

A person who tends to be socially popular, who loves intellectual or creative activities, who has a talent for communicating with and understanding the needs of others, and who seems to have a knack for getting recognized for their efforts.

Dynamic and Imaginative

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Poolan Devi is someone who can bring a purifying element to situations, and who is a risk-taker with vision and imagination.

They are also someone who is calm, comforting, and stable, and who loves stability and being a good friend and loyal partner.

Creative and Leadership-oriented

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Poolan Devi tends to be someone who is a natural leader, with determination, motivational powers, and who takes obligations seriously. Who has charisma, a sense of humor, and who tends to attract attention.

Some of Poolan Devi's challenges

While Poolan Devi has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Poolan Devi can be Arrogant, Materialistic, Status-seeking, Short-tempered, Impulsive, Complicated, and Brusque.

Arrogant and Status-seeking

One of Poolan Devi's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as arrogant and status-seeking.

Poolan Devi must also exercise caution as they can have difficulty dealing with responsibility, authority, or criticism.

Indecisive and Materialistic

Poolan Devi is someone who can be indecisive, indulgent, and materialistic, who can have difficulty focusing on a single career or profession, have difficulty following orders or respecting authority, and who can suffer from "analysis paralysis".

Domineering and Stubborn

Finally, Poolan Devi also can be too rebellious, not respond to criticism well, and be too emotional and extreme about things.

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