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I am not a politician, says youth brigade women wing head

india Updated: Mar 31, 2010 11:49 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times
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Till the other day she was just a young another woman running her business. She used to try and lure big names in consultancy business to enter Kashmir and was helping place young Kashmiris in careers inside and outside Jammu and Kashmir.

Today, she has become one of the sought after ladies in the state after she became the head of the Women's Cell of Rahul Gandhi Youth Brigade.

For Madina Mir, 29, this honour came as a surprise as no one in her family is connected with politics. Her husband runs a computer services centre at the city's Lal Chowk area.

When she forwarded her CV over the net on the website of Rahul Gandhi Youth Brigade, she had never thought she will hit it so high.

"I didn’t even know that the talent hunt was on. I was surfing the net and found a link to the Rahul Gandhi youth brigade. I liked the concept and just forwarded my CV," She told Hindustan Times. "It was after a brief interaction with me over the phone, I was first chosen the district president and now the state president," says a surprised Mir. She was the chosen one from among 38,000 applications.

Madina belongs to a business family.

For this young mother of a two year old child, it was Rahul Gandhi’s charisma and the brigade’s goals which inspired her to join --- `The Brigade’s main aim is to give new direction and inspire youth through social service'.

Mir, a software professional armed with a Masters in tourism says social work was always her calling. "It was this goal which drove me towards the party. It was like an extension of what I was doing already trying to help people get education and jobs. The only difference is may be this platform will get me to help my people in a better way," she says.
She would not like to call youth brigade a political party.

For her, it was social service network. People may see it as a platform to join politics, but for her it is purely social work.

Fighting corruption, eradicating evil of dowry and spreading education were the issues on top of her mind as she gets down to plunge into youth brigade work.

"I just want to help my people. I am not a politician, I have no security, I am one among the commoners, why would anybody harm me," she says when asked if she felt threatened by militant violence in the valley.

"Even if I am offered security I will never accept it. It immediately disconnects you with people," she says.

Mir says, she took the step with support from her Husband, an engineer, who runs a Computer Networking Service in the city centre Lal Chowk.

The Rahul Gandhi youth brigade membership drive at national level is at present on to encourage the youth to take up social service activities.