Anil Aickara

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Template:Infobox officeholder Anil Aickara is a human-rights activist and social-awareness campaigner based in Kottayam, in the state of Kerala, India. A lawyer by profession, he has fought several civil and criminal cases for public-causes. He earned fame and reputation as an activist from the ongoing People's movements towards the rebuilding of the Mullaperiyar Dam.

Early Life and Education

He was born to Sri K.N.Radhakrishnan Nair and Smt K.Radha Devi as their elder son at Aickara, Thellakom P.O. Kottayam. Anil had his schooling from C.M.S L.P. School, Kottayam, Govt. L.P.School, Mudiyoorkkara and Medical College High School, Arpookkara. Following this his college career included degrees from Govt.College, Nattakom, Sharma's College, Ettumanoor, Govt.Law College, Ernakulam, and Mahathma Gandhi University off Campus Centre for Post Graduation in Law.[1]

Role in Mullaperiyar Agitation

In November 2011, with mounting concern about the safety of the Mullaperiyar Dam, Adv Anil and his team mobilized an active cyber campaign spreading awareness on the issue - initially through the Mandaram Orkut Forum and then through Facebook. He was one of the founders of Mullapperiyar Ikyadhartya Samithy (Mullapperiyar solidarity forum).[2] With raising public opinion, he was one of the key figures involved in organizing a 27-day long hunger strike at Gandhi square at the heart of Kottayam town.

Later, with the movement becoming more volatile and taking to the streets in the interstate border areas, he organized a "Walk for Peace" movement (Ekatha Padayathra), which began in Kottayam and ended in Mullaperiyar. The team walked the entire distance over several days. This was well received by the masses and was widely acclaimed by the neutral media.[3]

Political Career and Views

Anil was always in the forefront of the people's agitation against the government policies in the controversy surrounding the Mullaperiyar Dam. With the sudden demise of minister and sitting MLA T. M. Jacob and the subsequent by-poll in the Piravom Assembly constituency, he emerged as the people's candidate to contest the elections[4][5][6] with the Mullaperiyar Issue holding centre-stage. His candidature was welcomed by many on social networking sites, for the reason that the people felt let-down by the government by its inaction over the issue.

Personal life

Anil is married to Adv. Rashmi Ramesh, who has been a Lawyer in Human Rights Law Net Work, New Delhi.