He is one of the youngest personalities in Indian Politics, and has already made it big in the national political scene. His face is not new to Kochiites, and young Kochiites look up to this smart lad. His charming personality magnetizes you more, and his amazing knowledge and awareness about topical issues is mind-blowing. He has been there, done that, and of course, knows it all! We present before you Hibi Eden, the smart, young, charismatic politician who was born and brought up in our own Kochi. Here is what he has gotta say about Kochi, his life and more…..
Elections are over and you must be really worried and anxious??
Not really, because I hardly get time to be nervous. I’am so engaged with my day-to-day activities, and hence doesn’t really get the time to think of it. It’s only when people talk about elections and results, do I even think of them. Now, I’am pretty chilled out!
What was your inspiration into politics?
Honestly, I was not someone who ever thought of joining politics. When I finished my10th, I was not even interested in it. It all started with my life in Sacred Hearts College in Thevara. I was so inspired by one of my seniors named Anoop, who played an active part in college politics those days. He was a KSU leader and an artist as well. And he is someone who gave me tremendous positive vibes. Knowing my political background, he used to call me for meetings, discussions and talks (related to KSU). I gradually started showing interest in politics, and got to know more about student organizations. Once Anoop’s batch left college, there was thorough vacuum, and we had to fill it. That is howI became full-fledged in politics.
And what about your entry into National Politics?
I was the district President for KSU, and was highly concerned with their work. My father passed away when I was 20 years old, and things did change for me from then. I was very close to Mr K. Karunakaran, and when he decided to leave Congress, I decided to stick on. That is one crucial decision that I took in my life. Rahul Gandhi was looking for someone to head the NSUI, and that is when I was invited to Delhi. But yeah, I did have to face umpteen interviews, group discussions and so on to prove myself. And hence I could be a part of NSUI.
Don’t you think it’s high time that young guys come to the political scenario of
Generally, people have a feeling that politics is ‘corrupt’, and media has added to it. The ordinary citizens feel that more young people should enter politics. And I personally think that, youngsters can change the system. Their energy level is so high, and we can contribute tremendously to the nation-building process!
So the hurdles that you had to go through would be terrible?
Yes, I did have to go through a lot of hurdles. There have been days when I had faced financial setbacks, and when I was called to Delhi, I couldn’t even go due to lack of finance. They would ask me to reach there in a day, and the flight charges were so expensive. But now AICC provides me with flight tickets, and I have an office in Delhi as well. During the last 11 years of my student life, I had to go through major obstacles. But thanks to the masses, my work was appreciated and upon everything else I have my father’s blessing in abundance. And yes, my dad’s goodwill also helped me a lot.
What d you have to say about Anna Hazare and the Lokpal Bill?
I prefer not to comment on that.
So how do you spend your free time?
I read a lot, and love listening to songs. I have a lot of friends around, and most of them are still in Kochi. I’am a foodie, and loves exploring new restaurants and food joints, especially the non-veg ones.
So why is that we don’t see Hibi Eden much in media when compared to the other politicians?
People have a feeling that politicians know everything under the sun, which is of course not true. I prefer talking about things and issues that I know. If you don’t have the knowledge or if you are not aware of something, it’s best that you don’t comment on it. But I have taken part in a few talk shows. Time is also a constraint. I make a media appearance when I have the time.
Do you watch the IPL matches and are you supporting Kochi Tuskers Kerala?
I was a hard-core cricket fan, but once the match-fixing issue happened, I lost faith in it. I’am not very keen on cricket anymore, but would like to know who won and who lost, especially if India is playing.
Tell us something about your personal life.
I was born and brought up in Kochi, and hence I’am proud to say that I’am a total Kochiite. I did my schooling partially from Toc-H Public School, and then moved to CCPLM. I was more of a quiet student during school days, and I did my pre-degree and degree from Sacred Hearts in Thevara. I’am Commerce graduate, and also pursued my law from Trivandrum Law College. But I could not complete my law course. My mother passed away when I was 4 years, and father passed away when I was 20. I’ve gained a lot of mental strength after all that I have gone through in my life. And I have reached a stage where I can prevail over anything that comes by way.
What do you have to tell our Kochivibe readers?
Being a Kochiite who was born and bought up here, I know every nook and corner of my city. And my election campaigns added to my knowledge about Kochi. Kochi has so much of potential which is unexplored, and I would say that it is the fastest growing city in the state. Young Kochi has a major role to play, and should act as a pressuring force. They should be more involved in the thought process. Each one of us has a social responsibility that needs to be fulfilled. And to all the young Kochiites out there, enjoy life to the fullest!