Thiruvananthapuram's native, AS Anusha,has made the Malayalis proud as the sole representative from Kerala to speak at the Dr BR Ambedkar commemoration held at the central hall of Parliament on Friday.
Organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra, under the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and the Parliamentary Research and Training for Institute for Democracies (PRIDE) of the Lok Sabha Secretariat, the event saw 25 participants from different states, out of which only seven, including Anusha, were selected to speak.
Anusha's stellar performance at the state-level Youth Parliament program conducted by Nehru Yuva Kendra in February earned her the opportunity to participate in the prestigious event at Parliament. Her three-minute recorded speech on Ambedkar was evaluated to choose her to speak at the function. Anusha, who graduated with top honours in Zoology from Kerala University, was also a finalist in the Mathrubhumi-Federal Bank Speak for India competition, which she credits for honing her public speaking skills.
Anusha was determined to be among the seven speakers selected for the event, and she diligently prepared her speech with that goal in mind. Out of the 29 participants initially chosen, Anusha made the cut of 25 shortlisted candidates, and eventually secured her spot as one of the seven speakers after her video speech was reviewed by the screening committee.
Reflecting on her journey, Anusha said, "The turning point was my participation in Speak for India, jointly organised by Mathrubhumi and Federal Bank. I learned a lot about improving my subject and had the opportunity to correct my mistakes and shortcomings. In February, I also won the first prize in the elocution competition held at the National Inter-University Youth Festival, representing Kerala University."
Anusha's parents, Honorary Captain (Rtd) K Anilkumar and Sheela, are beaming with pride over their daughter's achievements and hope she continues to participate in more such competitions. Anusha's success has brought glory to Kerala and has made her a role model for aspiring youth in the state.