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Annie Mascarene
1902

Early Life:

Annie Mascarene was born on 6th  June  1902 at Trivandrum. She obtained double MA in history and economics Maharaja's Colleges for Arts and Law, Trivandrum and went on to become a lecturer in Sri Lanka. After her return to Trivandrum she procured a law degree.

She was a member of the Travancore-Cochin Legislative Assembly between 1948 and 1952 where she served briefly as a Minister in charge of Health and Power.

 

Contribution to Constitution Making:

Mascarene represented the Princely State of Travancore and Cochin Union in the Constituent Assembly. In the Assembly she spoke on the issue of federalism.

 

Later Contributions:

Mascarene was elected to the first Lok Sabha as an independent candidate. She was the first woman from Kerala to have been elected to the Lok Sabha where she raised concerns about under representation of women in politics. Her political career took a hit after her an unsuccessful attempt in the 1957 Lok Sabha elections.

Mascarene was not a part of the Assembly Committees.

On 18th November 1949, a few days before the adoption of the Constitution, Mascarene supported the federal framework of the Constitution with a strong centre.