He looks like a youth next-door — hair combed in a simple style, specs with brown frame, and wearing jeans and T-shirt. But when needed, he takes on white kurta pyjama as he believes, “One should look older in politics.”
“Older” he may not look so soon; he is just 26 and the youngest Member of Parliament in 15th Lok Sabha representing the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
Muhammed Hamdulla Sayeed exudes confidence as a first time MP, but at the same time he is aware of “the legacy and inheritance” of his father, late P.M. Sayeed.
“With legacy and inheritance you get a platform, but then you have to prove yourself. One should have the capacity and the capability to perform in politics”, said Hamdulla, who won back the seat his father lost in 2004 after retaining it for 10 consecutive terms since 1967.
It was his father’s death that made this law graduate from Indian Law School (Pune), take up politics. “People of Lakshadweep wanted me to represent them,” he said
Still single, Hamdulla is the seventh among eight siblings — all sisters. He studied at Air Force Golden Jubilee School, Subrato Park, before going to Pune for law course. All his sisters too are well educated — four of them being doctors.
Higher education and staying away from home have not affected the core values. A practising Muslim — even his cell number has last three digits as 786 — he prays five times a day.
“I try not to skip my prayers. This not only brings discipline in life but also helps in concentration,” he said.