The Congress Tuesday appointed Apsara Reddy, a transgender activist and journalist, as the national general secretary of its women’s wing, the Mahila Congress.
Reddy is regarded as India’s first transgender editor and has worked with a number of media organisations, and senior Congress leaders confirmed she is the first transgender person to be appointed an office-bearer by the party.
“No one from the transgender community had formally joined the Congress before. We, as a party, believe that gender justice means taking everyone on board, so I am extremely happy that she has joined the Congress,” Sushmita Dev, president of the Mahila Congress, told ThePrint.
“At the same time, I would like to point out that she is a person in her own right, and intellectually very motivated, and she will be an asset to the party.”
Dev said the Mahila Congress had always strived to achieve gender equality and gender justice, “and it is our great pride that you’ll be the first national office bearer from the transgender community”.
Reddy hits out at ‘regressive’ BJP
Reddy earlier had a brief stint with the BJP and then joined the AIADMK.
“The BJP is regressive and has no place for free-thinking individuals. I come from a background where I was exposed to many prejudices and injustices quite early on. The hypocrisy and discrimination only motivated me to work against injustice,” Reddy said.
“India is being governed by forces that place far more importance on religious identity than the rights and dignity of women. Congress is truly a party that built India and sustained us for generations with good policy and a sensitive and inclusive approach in governance.
“Rahul Gandhiji’s commitment to fair representation of women, women-centric manifesto goals and dynamism are truly inspiring, and I would be delighted to serve women across the country under his leadership.”
Source – ThePrint