To achieve something notable at the age of 21 is no mean feat, which Arya Rajendran has. By becoming the youngest mayor of Thiruvananthapuram, Arya has set forth a new precedent that will likely go up in history textbooks and encourage young women to set foot in politics.
Fun Fact: Arya has broken the record for being the youngest Mayor in India by beating Abilasha Gupta Nandi who became the Mayor of Allahabad at the age of 23.
Arya represents the Mudavanmukal ward in Thiruvanthapuram as the Councillor. The new feather in her cap was decided by the CPI(M) district committee after the civic body elections came to an end. For those who aren’t aware of who Arya Rajendran is, she holds the position of State President of Balasangam, one of the largest children’s organisations. She is also the state committee member of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and the Students’ organisation of the CPI(M).
Apart from taking the responsibilities of being a Mayor post her oath ceremony, she will also continue to pursue her education in BSC in Mathematics from the All-Saints College, located in Thiruvananthapuram. Arya has been invested in politics for quite some time, and the CPI(M) Secretariat saw the potential within her to uphold the position of Thriuvantapuram’s Mayor.
The increasing participation of women in politics is bound to break the gender hierarchy that exists in Kerala’s political scene. Arya is breaking the glass ceiling, and that itself is an inspiration on its own. To have achieved a name and stature in her field is a necessary step to encourage more participation among women and ensure democratic governance. Arya Rajendran will not only bring her experience of working at grassroots levels but will also amass youth support that is increasingly becoming the voice of Kerala’s political environment.
We wish her luck!