Saleha Jaffer, a farmer’s daughter from Telangana’s Nalgonda district, became Mayor of Lambeth in the United Kingdom on April 13 2016.
She is the first Muslim lady to become Mayor of Lambeth, and aunt of Telangana’s first International Peace Ambassador M.A. Najeeb. Prior to becoming Mayor, she served as Deputy Mayor of Lambeth.
Amb. Najeeb was scheduled to attend the ceremony along with dignitaries from the state, and address the council. He said he could not make it to the event due to personal reasons.
However, he conveyed best regards to her on being appointed as Mayor of Lambeth. “H.E. Saleha makes all Telanganites proud. It’s a great honor for all of us here in Hyderabad as well.”
She studied at Kamala Nehru College in Nampally, before moving to London a few decades ago. Her father was a gazetted officer.