Smt. K.O. Aysha Bai, an active leader of peace and women’s movements has the distinction of
being the first Deputy Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. Needless to say, she was the
first woman to adorn the Chair. Smt. Aysha Bai was born in October 1926 and had her education
at Women’s College and University College, Trivandrum and Law College, Ernakulam. Her political
activities began even while a student, when she participated in the Students Congress, in
1947. She was very much interested in working for the cause of peace and took the initiative
in organising many peace committees. Besides, she was in the forefront in organising women’s
movement in Kerala.
Smt. Aysha Bai was elected to the First Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1957, from Kayamkulam
Constituency under the CPI ticket. She became the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly on 6 May
1957 and occupied the position till the dissolution of the Assembly on 31 July 1959. In the
Second Kerala Legislative Assembly also, she was elected from the Kayamkulam Constituency, and had served as Chairman of the Committee on Government Assurances from 1961 to
1963. She had also served as State Vice- President, Kerala Mahila Sangham, Member, Central
and State Social Welfare Boards and State Watch – Dog Committee on Prisons.
An active member of the Communist party of India, Smt. Aysha Bai was married to Shri K.
Abdul Razzak and they have two sons and two daughters.
Smt. Aysha Bai expired on 28-10-2005.