Chatline Home Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy on her journey from home to being the home minister and the challenges. Prabalika M. Borah travels with her.
She aspired to study medicine, fell in love, got married (with her elders' approval) and settled for life as a homemaker. However, eleven years later, P. Sabitha Indra Reddy says, “I am doing something absolutely different from what I thought I would be doing.”
When she was sworn in as the Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh in 2009, she was the first woman Home Minister in any Indian state.
Born into an agricultural family, Sabitha as a youngster wanted to study as she understood the hardships children from modest backgrounds face as against children who got everything without having to ask for it. “I have witnessed my parents' hardships and it was my elder mama who supported and encouraged us to carry on with our studies. As children we grew up with our cousins and have wonderful memories from our childhood,” she recollects.
Her home office in Srinagar Colony lacks the bustle of a minister's house. The lane has ‘greeting card' posters of her son on the occasion of his birthday.