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Kerala's first woman journalist dead

Yashoda, considered Kerala's first woman journalist, died at her residence near Kannur on Monday following old age related ailments.

india Updated: Jul 27, 2009 21:19 IST

Yashoda, considered Kerala's first woman journalist, died at her residence near Kannur on Monday following old age related ailments.

Yashoda, 94, was wife of CPI leader and former State Minister Kanthalot Kunhambu. They had no children. Her husband had predeceased her.

A staunch Communist, Yashoda as reporter of the pro-Leftist Deshabhimani had interviewed inmates facing death sentence in the Kannur Central Jail for taking part in the Kayyur struggle demanding land distribution to the landless peasants in north Kerala during British rule.

Yashoda who had worked as a school teacher earlier also played lead role in establishing teachers' organisation during the pre-independence period.

Several CPI leaders mourned her death. The body was cremated this evening.