Congress chief Rahul Gandhi created history by appointing a transgender journalist Apsara Reddy, as National General secretary of the women’s wing of the Congress, Mahila Congress. She is the first transgender office bearer of the party. This also may be such major appointment by any national political party in the country.
The appointment is aimed at sending the message of inclusivity beyond the set social norms. All India Mahila Congress posted the announcement welcoming the new office bearer.
Hailing the appointment as a positive step towards promoting inclusivity, compassion and equality, Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi too welcomed Apsara Reddy in a Twitter post. Stating that this will be a positive step, she wished Reddy may you continue to grow from strength to strength towards making our society more inclusive and equal!
Sushmita Dev, another Congress leader who is quite vocal about women’s issues said Apsara Reddy’s dynamic personality will be a great asset for the party.
Apsara Reddy is a well-known journalist and activist from Tamil Nadu. A graduate in Journalism and MA in broadcasting, Apsara has worked with the BBC World service, The Hindu, New Indian Express and Deccan Chronicle. She has also spoken on some high-profile platforms such as the European Parliament Session in Madrid.
After a brief stint with the BJP, the transgender activist Apsara Reddy joined AIADMK in the presence of party general secretary and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in May, 2016. After Jayalalithaa’s death, she had moved to the pro-Sasikala camp of the AIADMK after party icon Jayalithaa’s death later that year.