January 03, 2021

Kerala: Young Women in the Lead

N S Sajith

AFTER well-known triumphant story of Arya Rajendran, the youngest mayor who took oath on December 28, Reshma Mariam Roy has to tell another wonderful story of being the youngest grama panchayat president of the country.

Setting record of being the youngest corporation mayor of the country, 21-year-old Arya Rajendran took over as the Mayor of Trivandrum city on the formation day of Balasamgham, children’s organisation, in which Arya is serving as the state president.

It not just the example of Arya, state committee member of SFI, CPI(M) leadership in Kerala has set an epochal trend in the state by fielding several leaders belonging to SFI and DYFI and most of them emerged victorious. SFI leaders like Gayathri S Babu and S S Sharanya were also elected as the councillors in Trivandrum Corporation.

Reshma Mariam Roy just turned the age of 21 years, a day before the filing of nomination papers is now set to take the office of president of Arvapulam grama panchayat of Pathanamthitta district on December 30th. Reshma is also serving as the district secretariat member of SFI and district committee member of DYFI.

Sharuthi, 22-year-old LLB student and SFI leader has become the president of Olavanna grama panchayat, a CPIM stronghold in Kozhikode suburb. Sharuthi had caught the headlines as she took charge of sales in a ration retail shop in her neighbourhood after the shop owner became Covid-19 positive. She successfully managed to distribute the free kits provided by the LDF government.

Steffi Sunil, 22-year-old SFI – DYFI leader won the president seat reserved for ST woman in Pozhuthana grama panchayat in Wayanad district. Twenty-two-year-old Amritha is also set to become the president of Ittiva grama panchayat in Kollam district. Shruthi, 25-year-old DYFI block president will take oath on December 30th. Twenty-year-old CPI leader, Ansiya became the deputy mayor of Kochi corporation. 

Apart from these, several youth and student leaders have won in the recently concluded elections.