Meet Kalvakunta Kavitha, the daughter of TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao. But that introduction is not enough for the 35-year-old who wears many hats with equal elan.
Her external appearance — sporting a traditional saree and bindi — might be deceptive. Beneath the benign appearance, lies a multi-faceted woman who is man enough to shoulder domestic, professional and political responsibilities and yet is the quintessential bidda (daughter). Though an engineer by profession, politics is in her blood and therefore it was just a matter of time when she would take the plunge.
Kavitha returned to India from the US after completing her education and expressed a wish to contest from Huzurnagar in Karimnagar district in the 2009 election. She was associated with the Telangana movement from 2004 itself. However, her wish was not granted as her father asked her to first prove herself.
The opportunity was just around. In 2010, KCR went on an indefinite fast demanding Telangana, and Kavitha was at the forefront in the Million March at Tank bund, rubbing shoulders with her brother KT Rama Rao. But she came into limelight when, in 2010, she agitated against Telugu films produced by the Seemandhra lobby. On January 12, 2010, she launched a bitter campaign against NTR Junior-starer Adurs (tremors), which collected Rs41 crore in its 100-day-run. Her contention was simple.
It is a film made by anti-Telagnana people, who will use the same money against the formation of Telangana, she had said. The mother of two now heads Telengana Jagriti, the cultural wing of the TRS. She is also very closely associated with the Brathukamma festival in Telangana.
This time around, Kavitha is contesting from Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat in Telangana. It is a constituency dominated by people from Seemandhra. Undeterred by any possible opposition due to regional differences, Kavitha says, "I am the bahu (daughter-in-law) of Nizamabad. Her husband, Anil, a mechanical engineer, hails from Bodhan assembly segment.
She is pitted against Congress' bigwig and two-time MP Madhu Yaski Goud and BJP MLA Y Lakshminarayana. Thanks to her simplicity and accessibility, Kavitha has already struck a chord with scores of female voters during her campaign. "Politics is in my blood. I have campaigned for my father and brother for the last 20 years. Now, they will both help me in taking on the Congress and BJP bigwigs," she say. "I have never been a loser."
An alumna of Stanley High School in Hyderabad, Kavitha completed her master's from the University of Southern Missisippi, US.
Politics is not the only thing that keeps Kavitha busy. She has her hands full has as she runs a free school for poor children in Banjara Hills, is also the convener of the Forum for Democratic and Constitutional Rights of Telangana and heads the Indian chapter of the International Delphic Council.
Kavitha does not seem to be content with just sprucing up the political and social landscape. She is also a mature entrepreneur, having launched a chain of beauty salons in Dilsukhnagar, Sanikpuri and Himayatnagar. Even though all the salons are doing roaring business but, the best part is that most of her clients are non-Telanganaites.