K. Karunakaran

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K. Karunakaran
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Former Chief Minister of Kerala
Personal details
Born (1918-07-05)5 July 1918
Kannur, British India
Died 23 December 2010(2010-12-23) (aged 92)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Kalyanikutty Amma (Late)
Children K. Muraleedharan and Padmaja Venugopal
Residence Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram

Kannoth Karunakaran (July 5, 1918 – December 23, 2010) was a politician from Kerala, India belonging to the Indian National Congress party. He was close to Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.[1] K.Karunakaran is the founder of United Democratic Front(UDF) and a coalition Government system in Kerala state.

Karunakaran died on 23 December 2010, aged 92, at Ananthapuri Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. He was suffering from respiratory problems, fever and other age related diseases and had been hospitalized on 21 October 2010. His condition worsened following a stroke and death occurred following a cardiac arrest. His death was confirmed by doctors at 5:30 PM. It was coincidental that his death and Narasimha Rao's death was on same date. Karunakaran had played key role in backing the Rao Government and later Rao had dismissed Karunakaran from the chair of Chief Minister of Kerala.[2][3] His funeral was attended by the prime minister Manmohan Singh and the AICC chief Sonia Gandhi.

Controversies[edit]

K. Karunakaran was the home minister of Kerala during the emergency period. After the Emergency, the Rajan case rocked Kerala politics like no other issue before and Karunakaran was forced to step down as the case attracted national attention. It was a habeas corpus petition filed by T.V. Eachara Warrier asking the state machinery to produce his son Rajan (a student of Regional Engineering College, Calicut who actively participated in protests against the emergency declared by the Indira government), in court. Rajan was allegedly killed by the police at Kakkayam police torture camp and the body disposed off Mad. The legal battle led by Rajan's father became one of the most remembered human rights fight in the state and the legal struggle by his father T.V. Eachara Warrier had diminished Karunakaran's popularity. The book Memories of a father is a lamentation of a father over his son's brutal death. He was an accused in the Palmolein Oil Import Scam, which was pending before the Supreme Court at the time of his death.

Biographies[edit]

The first biography on him titled 'K.Karunakaran' was written by Vrindavanam Venugopalan. Published by Islamiya Books, Aluva in 1992.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who was K Karunakaran?. Press Trust of India. NDTV. Retrieved December 23, 2010
  2. ^ Karunakaran passes away. The Hindu. Retrieved on 23 December 2010
  3. ^ Joe A Scaria (23 December 2010). "Karunakaran passes away, bringing curtains down on era in Kerala politics". The Economic Times. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
C. Achutha Menon
Chief Minister of Kerala
1977
Succeeded by
A. K. Antony
Preceded by
E.K. Nayanar
Chief Minister of Kerala
1981–1987
Succeeded by
E.K. Nayanar
Preceded by
E.K. Nayanar
Chief Minister of Kerala
1991–1995
Succeeded by
A. K. Antony