Vayalar Ravi

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Vayalar Ravi
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Vayalar Ravi
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 30, 2006
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Minister of Science and Technology
In office
14 August 2012 – 28 October 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Vilasrao Deshmukh
Succeeded by Jaipal Reddy
Minister of Earth Sciences
In office
14 August 2012 – 28 October 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Vilasrao Deshmukh
Succeeded by Jaipal Reddy
Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
In office
14 August 2012 – 28 October 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Vilasrao Deshmukh
Succeeded by K. H. Muniyappa
Minister of Civil Aviation
In office
January 19, 2011 – December 18, 2011
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Praful Patel
Succeeded by Chaudhary Ajit Singh
Personal details
Born (1937-06-04) June 4, 1937 (age 77)
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Mercy Ravi
Children Ravi Krishna (Unni)
Liza Rohan (kunchie)
Lakshmi Ravi (chuckky)[citation needed]
Residence Kerala
Religion Hinduism

Vayalar Ravi (born June 4, 1937[1]) is a prominent Indian politician, former Union Cabinet Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs. He is a member of the Rajya Sabha.

Political Life[edit]

Ravi was born in Vayalar, Cherthala, Alappuzha District, Kerala.He was the Founder President of the Kerala Students Union (KSU), the students' wing of Indian National Congress in Kerala.[1][2][3] Ravi was elected to the 5th Lok Sabha in 1971[1][3] from Chirayinkil in Thiruvananthapuram district;[3] he was re-elected to the 6th Lok Sabha in 1977,[1][3] serving until 1979.[1] He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1982,[1][3] and he served as Home Minister of Kerala from 1982 to 1986[2][3] before resigning from that position due to a disagreement with Chief Minister K. Karunakaran.[2] He was re-elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1987,[3] serving until 1991.[1] He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in July 1994 and again in April 2003.[1] He became Union Cabinet Minister for Overseas Affairs on January 30, 2006.[3]

After the Congress reelection in 2009, Ravi was re-inducted to the Cabinet for the second UPA government and retained the portfolio of Overseas Indian Affairs. He was given the additional responsibility of Ministry of Civil Aviation on January 19, 2011. He resigned from the office after Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh succeeded him.

Personal life[edit]

Ravi met his wife Mercy, while they were both active in the Kerala Students Union and he married her after a brief courtship. Mercy Ravi died on September 5, 2009 following a kidney failure, aged 64.[4]

In February 2010, Vayalar Ravi along with Indian Ambassador Shamma Jain were injured in a car accident in Monrovia, Liberia, while on an official visit to African countries.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Biographical sketch at Rajya Sabha website.
  2. ^ a b c "New Minister for NRI affairs", nriol.com.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Profile at Ravi website.
  4. ^ "Vayalar Ravi's wife passes away". Times of India. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Vyalar Ravi out of danger after accident in Liberia". Times of India. February 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs
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Incumbent