`Maxi man', who protested against injustices, dies
Kadaykkal (Kollam): Rukzana Mansil Yahiya in Puthukkodu region of Kummil grama panchayat of Kollam, known for protesting against police brutality and demonetization by dressing up in maxi, passed away here on Sunday. The 80-year-old was found dead at his daughter’s home.
After facing hardship from his long years in foreign countries, Yahiya returned back to his native place in Kerala and started a ‘thattukada’ cum tea shop. He was less concerned about profit from his venture and fed many by charging very low price. Tapioca and meals at Rs 10, fives dosas free with 10 dosas, one chicken curry free with five chicken curries were some of his offerings.
Once when some police officials visited Yahiya’s shop, he did not put the tucked mundu down (a gesture of showing respect). Irked by this a police sub-inspector thrashed him. Since then Yahiya stopped using mundu and shirt to denote his protest throughout his life. Instead he switched to maxis, something which is commonly worn by women in Kerala households. This fetched him a peculiar name ‘Maxi Maman’ (which means maxi uncle in English).
Similarly, during the time of demonetization, he visited bank twice to change money worth Rs 23,000 but was not able to do that. He even fainted due to the ordeal and was hospitalized. When he was discharged from hospital he came to public with ashes from the money he burnt. To mark his protest, he partially shaved off his hair on his head and moustache. He demanded the resignation of Prime Minister and said he will maintain his hair on head and moustache as it is, till the PM resigns.
Interestingly, a media person named Sanu Kummil made a documentary about Yahiya titled ‘Oru chayakadakkarante Mann Ki Baat’. It gained the attention of audience and critics in various national and international film festivals.
Meanwhile, Yahiya’s dead body has been shifted to Parappilly Medical College for post-mortem. Yahiya's wife Suhara Beevi pre-deceased him and his daughters are Sabeena and Seena, son-in-laws Saleem and Sadheer.