B. Ekbal

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B Ekbal

Dr. Ekbal Bappukunju is a public health activist, a neurosurgeon, and an academic in Kerala, India. He was the vice-chancellor of the University of Kerala during the period 2000–2004.[1] He was a member of the Kerala State Planning Board from 1996 to 2000, during which he played a vital role in People's Plan Campaign, a decentralisation move by the Government of Kerala.[2]

He is currently the chairman of Kerala State Pollution Control Board.[3] He is also the convenor of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (Public Health Movement - India).[4]

He was the chairperson of the expert committee set up by the Government of Kerala to explore the possibility of setting up a new university structure of medical research and academics. The committee submitted its report on the proposed structure and functions of the university in April 2007.[5]

Ekbal is an activist of Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad and has held various offices of the organisation.

Ekbal is a follower of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) from which he was expelled in 2004 by left-wing hardliners. The reason given was that accepting foreign funds for development activities was against party policy.[2] But, most believe that the expulsion was due to his criticisms of direction taken by the left movements, like in his speech at Kerala Social Forum.[6] This speech had kicked up a debate in left-leaning circles in Kerala.[7] Such reformist actions were not seen kindly by the conservative faction of the party.[8] His membership was later restored.[9] He is married to Dr. A Meharunnisa, currently the principal of Govt. TD Medical College at Alappuzha. the couple is having a son [Amal] and a daughter [Aparna]


  1. ^ Former vice-chancellors of the University of Kerala [1] Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at [2])
  2. ^ a b CPI(M) expels Ekbal, Elamon [3] Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at [4])
  3. ^ Kerala state pollution control board members
  4. ^ Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (Public Health Movement - India)
  5. ^ Focus on promoting medical research in State [5] Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at [6])
  6. ^ Globalisation cannot be dismissed totally: Ekbal [7]. Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at [8])
  7. ^ Ekbal's remark kicks up a debate [9]. Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at [10])
  8. ^ Left hand drive: Even as a new generation of leaders rises to the top, there are fissures within the CPI(M) with the comrades divided over reforms [11]. Accessed: 2008-10-20. (Archived by WebCite at [12])
  9. ^ "Kerala Assembly Election - 2011 CPI (M) Candidates". Kerala: List of Candidates. CPI(M). Retrieved 5 December 2013. 


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