Panampilly Govinda Menon

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Panampilly Govinda Menon
Former
Personal details
Born (1906-10-01)1 October 1906
Kakkad nearChalakudy, British India
Died 23 May 1970(1970-05-23) (aged 63)
Statue of Panampilly Govinda Menon which used to be at Chalakudy Junction. This was broken in a vehicle accident.

Panampilly Govinda Menon (Malayalam: പനമ്പിള്ളി ഗോവിന്ദമേനോന്‍) (1 October 1906 – 23 May 1970) was an Indian politician, freedom fighter, and lawyer.

He was born in a village Kakkad/ Kathikkudam near Chalakudy and started his lawyer practice there as a junior to Adv. M. C. Joseph (a rationalist). He was the first treasurer of Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham. He moved his practice to Ernakulam afterwards.

Later in the 1930s he became prominent in the politics of the Kingdom of Cochin and served briefly as the Prime minister of Cochin state in 1947.

After the union of Travancore and Cochin, he served as minister for education under Parur T. K. Narayana Pillai and minister for finance under A. J. John, Anaparambil. He was the Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin in 1955–1956.

He represented Mukundapuram (Lok Sabha constituency) from 1962 till his death.

He became Union Minister for Law and Railways (1969–1970) and Minister of state for Food and Agriculture.

He was also the political mentor of K. Karunakaran.

In 2006, the birth centenary celebrations of Panampilly Govinda Menon were inaugurated by the then President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.[1][2][3]

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Further reading[edit]

  • L. V. Harikumar: Panampilly Govinda Menon: Charithravazhiyile Deepashikha - Biography, 2nd Edition published by Kerala State Institute of Languages, Thiruvananthapuram, ISBN 978-81-7638-832-0