Meet the Youth Congress leader who plays multiple roles of PhD scholar and street food shop owner
Kochi: Jinto John, the state general secretary of Youth Congress, has been playing multiple roles in his life. Apart from doing PhD in Economics, he is running a 'Thattukada' to make ends meet.
"I always keep two sets of clothes in my vehicle while working in the street food shop. When there is any emergency, I will assign some workers to manage the shop. Then, I will change my clothes and rush to the spot. If there is any strike, I will be late to return to the shop. But my staff will manage the shop perfectly," said Jinto.
Jinto, a native of Ayyambuzha started his political career as the chairman of Aluva UC College. While studying in college, he took up different roles in life - of a student and college chairman in the morning and of a painting worker at Kalamassery during night.
He secured 83 percent marks in BA Economics and completed post-graduation with 72 percent marks. He also secured 3rd rank in M Phil. At present, he is doing his PhD in Economics from CUSAT.
Along with Phd, he is running a street food shop at Nayathode. Jinto will take care of all the work at the shop from 8 am to 11 pm.
Earlier, Jinto was working as a guest lecturer in a college. But as he continued to take part in strikes and got injured several times, he was forced to quit the job.
Later, Jinto started his career as a Yoga instructor. But amid the COVID-19 outbreak, he went jobless as the classes were cancelled. Hence, he started the street food shop to make ends meet.
“I believe a politician must find income himself. If he can’t he will be forced to use politics as a source of income. I’m not interested in using politics as a source of income,” Jinto declared his stand.
When Rahul Gandhi brought election in KSU, Jinto became the first elected district president. During that period, KSU won the union election in Ernakulam Maharaja’s College. Later, Jinto was elected as the general secretary of Youth Congress Chalakudy parliamentary constituency.
“I would like to engage in active politics. But there are 44 cases against me within 7 years over the strikes and other political protests. So, I won’t get a government job. I have decided to think about the future after completing my research,” said Jinto.
Amidst the busy schedule of research, politics and the street food shop, this leader also finds time to take care of his small family including his wife and two kids.