List of Saint Thomas Christians
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This is a list of Saint Thomas Christians also called Syrian Christians or Nasrani who have made significant contribution to public service, science, sports, literature and the arts.
- P. J. Kurien – eighteenth Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha (from August 21, 2012 – )
- A.K. Antony – Defence Minister of India (2006-2014); Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (1993–1995)
- K. V. Thomas – Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. (2009 – 2014)
- Oommen Chandy, tenth Chief Minister of Kerala. (2004-2006, 2011- )
- John Mathai – Finance Minister of India. (1948–1950).
- K.C. Abraham, eleventh Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 1978 to 1983
- P.C. Alexander
- P V Cherian, eighth Governor of Maharashtra from 1964 to 1969
- M. M. Jacob, Ministries of Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources and Home Affairs at different periods (1987–93) and ninth Governor of Meghalaya from 1995 to 2007
- A. J. John, Anaparambil, 4th Governor of Madras, from 1956 to 1957
- Joseph Mundassery – Minister for Education & Co-operation. Kerala. (1957–1959).
- C. M. Stephen - Minister for Communication (1980-1984)
- K.M. Mani – Finance Minister of Kerala (1975–1977), (1980–1986) & (2011-incumbent); Home Affairs Minister of Kerala (1977–1979); Irrigation Minister of Kerala (1987); Revenue Minister of Kerala (1991–1996) & (2001-2006).
- Mathew T. Thomas – Transport Minister of Kerala. (2006–2009).
- M.A. Baby – Education Minister of Kerala. (2006–2011)
- P. J. Joseph – Minister for Public Works (Kerala) (2006); Water Resoures. (2011-incumbent)
- Monce Joseph – Minister for Public Works (Kerala) (2007–2009)
- K. J. George- Minister of Home, Karnataka (2013–incumbent)
- C. P. Mathen – Member of Parliament (1952); Indian Ambassador to Sudan (1957–1960).
- Mathai Manjooran – Member of Rajya Sabha (1952–1954).
Judicial and government service
- Anna Chandy, First woman judge of an Indian High Court
- P. J. Thomas, Parakunnel - First Chief Economic advisor of Independent India
- Anna (George) Malhotra - First Woman IAS Officer of India
- K. K. Mathew – Judge at the Supreme Court of India(1971–1976).
- T.K. Thommen – Judge at the Supreme Court of India (1988– )
- K.T. Thomas – Judge at the Supreme Court of India(1996–2002)
- Cyriac Joseph – Judge at the Supreme Court of India(2008–2012).
- Ranjan Mathai, 28th Foreign Secretary of India
- Hormis Tharakan – Former Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing.
- P. J. Thomas – 14th Central Vigilance Commissioner of India.
- K. Koshy - Former Director General, Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) & Civil Defence
- John Mathai, former Chief Secretary of Kerala
- M. O. Mathai- Secretary to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
- Jacob Punnoose- Former DGP of Kerala
- Peter Varghese- Foreign Affairs Secretary of Australia
- Abraham Mathai - Chief Security Advisor, United Nations Human Rights Organisation, Geneva (1997-).
- Tessy Thomas- Director, Advanced Systems Laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Hyderabad and Project Director (Mission) Agni-V missile project
Films, Media and Performing Arts
- Nafisa Joseph- model and winner of Femina Miss Universe 1997 (Syrian Christian father and Bengali mother)
- Lisa Haydon- model and actor (Syrian Christian father and Australian mother)
- Malaika Arora Khan- model and actor (Syrian Christian mother and Punjabi father)
- John Abraham-actor (Syrian Christian father and Parsi mother)
- Amrita Arora- model and actor (Syrian Christian mother and Punjabi father)
- Asin- bollywood actor
- Nayantara- actor
- Meera Jasmine- actor
- Amala Paul- actor
- Mia George- actor
- Annie- actor
- Kunchacko Boban- actor
- Nivin Pauly- actor
- Dhanya Mary Varghese- actor
- Rima Kallingal- actor
- Ann Augustine- actor
- Surelee Joseph- model and actor
- Naveen Andrews – Actor.
- Appachan Maliampurackal Chacko Punnoose – Film Director / Producer.
- Kunchacko Maliampurackal Kunchacko – Film Producer.
- P.F. Mathews- Script writer, recipient of National Award
- Sabu Cyril- Art director
- John Matthew Matthan- Hindi film director.
- Benny Mathews – Hollywood director
- Berny-Ignatius – Music Director duo
- Ouseppachan – Music director.
- Alex Paul – Music Director
- Sabrina Setlur -German rapper/song writer and actor (Syrian Christian mother and Kannadiga father)
- Nikhil Mathew -Playback Singer
- Kim Thayil American musician and Guitarist, named 100th greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine
- Dan Nainan – American Comedian. (Syrian Christian father and Japanese mother)
Business and Commerce
- M G George Muthoot- chairman of Muthoot Group
- George Alexander Muthoot – Managing Director of Muthoot Finance and Muthoot Group.
- Joy Alukkas- chairman of Joyalukkas jewellery group
- Jos Alukkas- chairman of Jos Alukkas jewellery group
- Kochouseph Chittilappilly- chairman of V-Guard Industries Ltd. and Wonderla amusement parks
- K.C.G. Verghese- founder of Hindustan Group of Institutions
- Reji Abraham- Managing Director of Aban Group of Companies
- T K Kurien – CEO of Wipro.
- Thomas Kurian - Executive Vice President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation
- K.M. Mammen Mappilai – Founder of MRF Tyres & Manorama publications.
- Verghese Kurien – Founder Chairman of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd., founder of Amul and father of India's White Revolution
- Jimmy George- first indian player to play internaional club volleyball, former captain of India men's team (1985) and youngest volleyball player to win Arjuna Award (1976)
- Cyril C. Valloor- former international volleyball player and winner of Arjuna Award (1986)
- Anju Bobby George- first Indian to win a medal in World Championships in Athletics (2003-Bronze, 2005-Gold). Recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2003-2004)
- K. M. Beenamol- international athlete and 3rd Indian woman to reach an Olympics semi final after P. T. Usha & Shiny Wilson. Awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2002-2003) and Padma Shri (2004)
- Geethu Anna Jose- international basketball player and captain of Indian Women's team, first Indian women to play in International club basketball for Australia's Big V league
- Dipika Rebecca Pallikal- international Squash player and recipient of Arjuna Award (2012) and Padma Shri (2014)
- Tom Joseph- international volleyball player and recipient of Arjuna Award (2014)
- T. C. Yohannan- former international athlete and Olympian, recipient of Arjuna Award (1974)
- George Thomas- badminton player and winner of Arjuna Award (1999)
- Shiny Wilson- former international athlete and Olympian, recipient of Arjuna Award (1984) and Padma Shri (1998)
- M. D. Valsamma-former international athlete and Olympian, recipient of Arjuna Award (1982) and Padma Shri (1983)
- K. M. Binu- former international athlete and Olympian and recipient of Arjuna Award (2006)
- Mercy Mathew Kuttan- former international athlete and Olympian and recipient of Arjuna Award (1989)
- Abey Kuruvilla – former Indian cricket team player.
- Tinu Yohannan – former Indian cricket team player.
- C. V. Pappachan - Former Captain of India national football team
Literature, writing and journalism
- Dr. John Matthai – Recipient of Padma Vibhushan for Literature & Education. (1959)
- Shri Kandathil Mammen Cherian – media person and recipient of Padma Shri for Literature & Education. (1965) and Padma Bhushan (1971)
- Shri Pothan Joseph – Journalist and recipient of Padma Bhushan for Literature & Education. (1973).
- Arundhati Roy – Actress turned, Writer, awarded the Booker Prize in 1997 for 'The God of Small Things', which is set in Kerala.
- Sarah Joseph – Writer, Novelist, Sahitya Akademi Award winner (2003)
- Paul Zacharia – Writer and Sahitya Akademi Award winner (2004)
- P. C. Devassia (1906–2006) :Sanskrit scholar and poet who won the Sahitya Akademi Award (1980) for Sanskrit for his poem Kristubhagavatam.
- P. F. Mathews - Novelist, Short story writer and Screenwriter
- Shri Thayil Jacob Sony George – Writer and recipient of Padma Bhushan for Literature & Education. (2011).
- Sunnykutty Abraham- COO and Chief News Editor of JaiHind TV and noted political analyst.
- Sebastian Paul- Media critic.
- K. C. Mammen Mappillai- Founder of Malayala Manorama.
- K. M. Mathew- Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama.
- K. M. Roy- Journalist.
- Binoy Job – Former Group Deputy Editor of NDTV, and a founder Editor of Development Channel, currently Director- Media and Communications to Prime Minister's Office.
- Toms – Creator of the cartoon characters Boban and Molly.
Academia and Social Reformers
- Dr. Prakash Verghese Benjamin (Dr. P.V. Benjamin) – Recipient of Padma Shri for Medicine. (1955)
- Shri Thomas Kailath – Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and recipient of Padma Bhushan for Science & Engineering (2009)
- T. K. Alex- space scientist and recipient of Padma Shri for Science and Technology (2007)
- Mary Roy, women's rights activist.
- Abraham Verghese – Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Chair of Department of Internal Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.
- Thomas Thomas – First Indian to become Cardio-Thoracic surgeon.
- Dr Jose Chacko Periappuram- recipient of Padma Shri in Medicine for the first heart transplant Kerala.(2011)
- Geevarghese Mar Ivanios- First religious leader from the nasrani community to hold an M.A. degree.
- Eluvathingal Devassy Jemmis - Director of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram.
- Fr. Prasant Payyappilly Palakkappilly - social activist and environmentalist.
- Lieutenant General Philip Campose - Vice Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army.
- Lieutenant General Bobby Cherian Matthews – General officer commanding of Konark Corps.
- Lieutenant General Yohannan Chacko Tharakan - Director General Army Headquarters.
- Havildar Thomas Philipose - medal winner in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
- Air Commodore George Verghis, AVSM - Command Signals Officer, Western Air Command, Indian Air Force (1973-1976)
- Air Marshal K. J. Mathews – Former Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Forces Command.
- Vice Admiral EC Kuruvila- Western Fleet Commander during India-Pakistan War (1971), Chairman & Managing Director, Mazagon Dock, Mumbai (1972-1976)
- Vice-Admiral P. J. Jacob - Former Vice Chief of Naval Staff.
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- Gheevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala- Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
- Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception - First woman of Indian origin to be canonised as a saint by the Catholic Church.
- Kuriakose Elias Chavara - Social reformer and Syrian Catholic saint
- Euphrasia Eluvathingal- Syrian Catholic Saint
- George Mathan (1819–1870), First Native Anglican Priest and Writer
- Abraham Malpan (1795–1845), leader of reformation in Malankara Syrian Church
- Abraham Mar Thoma (1917–1947), Mar Thoma XVII of Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church
- Alexander Mar Thoma (1953–2000), Mar Thoma XIX of Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church
- Baselios Thoma Didymos I, Supreme Head & Catholicos of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
- Baselios Thomas I, Supreme Head & Catholicos of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
- Joseph Mar Thoma, Supreme Head & Marthoma XXI of Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church
- Cheppad Philipose Mar Dionysius (1825–1855), Mar Thoma XII
- George Menachery (born 1938), historian, editor of the St. Thomas Christian Encyclopedia of India
- Acharya K K Chandy, Founder Member- Christavashram, Kottayam.
- Joshua Mar Ignathios, Bishop of the Eparchy of Mavelikara.
- Juhanon Mar Thoma (1937–1976), Mar Thoma XVIII of Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church
- Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, Servant of God, OIC (1882–1953).
- Mar Abraham Kattumana, Former Titular Archbishop of Cebarades and pontifical delegate of Syro Malabar Church
- Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary (1818–1877), first bishop of Thamarasserry
- Mar Thoma I (1653–1670), first bishop of the Malankara Church
- Mathews Mar Athanasius Metropolitan (1818–1877), Mar Thoma XIII
- Sadhu Kochoonju Upadesi. Christian preacher, Poet and composer.
- V.C. Samuel Syrian Orthodox Theologian and Church Historian
- K. V. Simon, poet and Mahakavi (an honorific meaning Great Poet)
- Sebastian Kappen, liberation theologian
- Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly, Servant of God and the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Destitute.
- Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil, head and major archbishop of Syro Malabar Church
- Mar Joseph Powathil, Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Changanassery
- Cardinal Mar Antony Padiyara, Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Changanassery
- Devika, J. (2005). Herself. Popular Prakashan. p. xxiv.
- "Grit meets grace". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 11 March 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
- Fr. Thomas Inchakkalody, Archbishop Mar Ivanios, Vol. 1, (2006) pp. 72-74.
- "Keralite is chief of Western Army Command". The Hindu (Chennai, India). July 2, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
- "Lt Gen Mathews takes over as GoC of India’s only desert corps". The Indian Express (New Delhi, India). September 1, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
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