Thomas Isaac

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T. M. Thomas Isaac
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Member of Legislative Assembly (Former Finance Minister) of Kerala
Constituency Mararikulam, Kerala
Personal details
Born (1952-09-26)September 26, 1952
Kottapuram near Kodungalloor, India
Political party Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Alma mater Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Occupation Politician, Economist
As of October 23, 2008
Source: Official Website

T. M. Thomas Isaac (born 1952) is a central committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and represents Alappuzha constituency in the Kerala State Legislative Assembly. During his tenure as a member of the Kerala State Planning Board, he was in charge of the People's Plan campaign(PPC) in Kerala.People's Plan Campaign is considered as a landmark in the history of decentralisation experience not only in Kerala but all over India. He was the Finance Minister of Kerala during from 2006 through 2011.

The son of late T. P. Mathew and Saramma Mathew, Isaac obtained a PhD in Economics from Centre for Development Studies, which is academically affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. While a student, he became involved with political life, he became involved with the Students Federation of India (SFI), an organisation which is politically linked with the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He has held posts in the SFI at college, district and state level.

Isaac had been a professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram and has published a number of articles and books.[1]



  1. Democracy at work in an Indian industrial cooperative: the story of Kerala Dinesh Beedi With Richard W. Franke and Pyaralal Raghavan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 1998
  2. Kalliasseri experiment in local level planning With P. V. Unnikrishnan, T. Gangadharan, Sreekumar Chathopadhya, Lalitha Bhai Sathyan, and Ajay Kumar Varma. Trivandrum: Centre for Development Studies. Monograph Series: Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development.1995
  3. Modernisation and employment: the coir industry in Kerala. With R. A. Van Stuijvenberg and K. N. Nair. Indo-Dutch Studies on Development Alternatives 10. New Delhi: Sage Publications. 1992
  4. Local Democracy and Development: People's campaign for decentralised planning in Kerala with Richard W.Franke. New Delhi: LeftWord Books. 2000


  1. The Withering Coconut (1985)
  2. Political Economy of Poverty (1985)
  3. Economics Crisis in the Capitalist World (1987)
  4. ABC of Political Economy (1987)
  5. The World Bank and IMF (1988)
  6. Kerala: Land and Man (1988) [Won Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 1989]
  7. Science and Social Revolution (1989)
  8. Political Economy of Surrender (1992)
  9. Peoples Planning: Theory and Practice (1998)
  10. Peoples Planning: Questions and Answers (1998)
  11. Construction of False Consent : Critique of Malayalam Media 2000 - 2010 (with N. P. Chandrasekharan)


  1. ^ Isaac, T.M. Thomas. "Curriculum Vitae". Centro de Estudos Sociais. Retrieved 15 March 2009.

See also[edit]

  • Marxism is Relevant: Thomas Isaac [1]
  • Punchhi panel will not help: Thomas Isaac [2]