Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mercy Ravi died of kidney failure

Mercy Ravi, wife of Overseas Indian Affairs Minister, died at the Madras Medical Mission Hospital due to kidney failure. The sixty three year old former Congress legislator of Kerala died around 3 a.m. She was admitted to the hospital on August 27, 2009. Her husband and three children were at her bedside when she died. Mercy’s body will be flown to Kochi on a special aircraft. Her funeral will be held in Ravi’s ancestral home at Vayalar today.

Mercy Ravi was born to a Christian family in Ernakulam. She started as a student political activist. Mercy and Ravi fell in love and after eight years of courtship, they finally got married. Former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy said:

Ravi was senior to Mercy at college (Maharaja’s College) and the two got married in 1969 concluding a eight-year-long love affair. Over the years, she had been the guiding force for Ravi. Apart from being Ravi’s wife, she was a politician who read a lot,..As the legislator from Kottayam from 2001-06, I was amazed in the manner how she ran the affairs of her constituency. Her departure is certainly going to be a huge void for the party in the state,”

Mercy held several key major posts in the Congress party. She was general secretary of the party and was elected president of the Indian National Trade Union Congress’ women’s committee in 2000.

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