Ramya Haridas, the MP-elect from Alathur (SC reserved) is a ray of hope for the Dalit community. She is the second ever female Dalit MP, after Bhargavi Thankappan (a forgotten icon), from Kerala—a state often touted for its high human development indices, favourable sex ratio and relatively higher employment of women. She had to overcome the twin disadvantages of being a Dalit (caste) and that of a woman (gender), like Mayawati.
Ramya Haridas won on a Congress ticket hoisting her flag sky high in a Left bastion with an impressive margin of over 1.58 lakhs. A Dalit representative in the Congress party has a higher degree of autonomy to articulate a Dalit/Bahujan standpoint than a corresponding representative from the Communist parties whose cadre-structure necessitates toeing the party line.