C. K. Chandrappan

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C. K. Chandrappan
C. K. Chandrappan
Secretary of the Communist Party of India Kerala State Committee
In office
14 November 2010 – 22 March 2012
Preceded byVeliyam Bhargavan
Succeeded byPannyan Raveendran
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Kannur
In office
Preceded byA.K. Gopalan
Succeeded byK. Kunhambu
Personal details
Born(1935-11-10)10 November 1935
Cherthala, Alappuzha, Kerala
Died23 March 2012(2012-03-23) (aged 76)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Political partyCommunist Party of India (CPI)
Spouse(s)Bulu Roy Chowdhary

C. K. Chandrappan (Malayalam: സി.കെ. ചന്ദ്രപ്പന്‍) (10 November 1935 – 22 March 2012) was a politician from Kerala, India. He was the Kerala state secretary[1] of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the president of Kisan Sabha at the time of his death. He was a member of the Lok Sabha of India representing the Cannanore (Lok Sabha constituency) from 1971 to 1980 and Thrissur (Lok Sabha constituency) from 2004 to 2009. Chandrappan served as Member of the Legislative Assembly of Kerala from 1991 to 1996 representing the Chertala Assembly Constituency. He was educated at University College, Thiruvananthapuram and became a Social Worker.

Early life[edit]

Born on 10 November 1935 to C. K. Kumara Panicker and Ammukkutty in Muhamma, Alappuzha district of Kerala state. He was the 3rd son of the couple. His father, C. K. Kumara Panicker, was a famous leader of CPI and was known as Vayalar Stalin. Panicker was one of the frontline fighters in the Punnapra-Vayalar uprising. Chandrappan passed MA from University College, Thiruvananthapuram.

Political life[edit]

Chandrappan started his political life when he was a student. He was an active member of leftist youth federations in the 1970s. He took part in the Goa liberation movement and was jailed as a political prisoner on various occasions in Delhi, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram. He won 3 times in Loka Sabha Elections 1971 (Thalassery), 1977 (Kannur) and 2004 (Thrissur). In 1987 Vayalar Ravi defeated Chandrappan in Cherthala assembly constituency. In 1991 he defeated Vayalar Ravi. After that in 1996 A. K. Antony defeated Chandrappan. He was the national president of All India Youth Federation (AIYF) and All India Students Federation (AISF). Also he was the Chairman of KTDC and Managing Director of Prabhath Book House.

In 2010 November, he took over as Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary from Veliyam Bhargavan. At that time he was the national president of Kisan Sabha and member of CPI national secretariat. In 2012 February 11 he was elected as state secretary at the state party congress held at Kollam. C. K. Chandrappan, the former CPI MP from Trichur, was adjudged the top performer by the National Social Watch, an NGO. However he could not be re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha. He attended the 25th Congress of Communist Party of Soviet Union in 1975, Bulgarian Communist Party Congress in 1981,Young Communist League in Moscow, World Youth Festival in Sofia, and World Food summit in 1994 at Rome. Was the Editor of Youth Life a Journal in English, Yuva Vedi (Hindi) Krishikkaran Monthly in Malayalam and was the Chief Editor of Janayugom Daily.

O. N. V. Kurup and C. K. Chandrappan in CPI State meeting at Kollam in 2012

Personal life[edit]

Chandrappan was married to Bulu Roy Chodhary on 28 October 1978, a political activist from West Bengal. The couple did not have children. His mother Ammukkutty belonged to the Cheerappanchira family mentioned in the tales of Sabarimala Ayyappan. Incidentally Chandrappan was the cousin of Susheela Gopalan who was also from the Cheerappanchira family.


C. K. Chandrappan died in Thiruvananthapuram on 22 March 2012 at the age of 76, due to cancer.[2] He was cremated with full state honours at Valiya Chudukadu crematorium in Cherthala on the next day. His wife Bulu Roy Chowdhury died on 19 February 2016.


  1. ^ "The Hindu : States / Kerala : Hazare's detention denial of right to dissent: Chandrappan". The Hindu. 16 August 2011. Archived from the original on 8 September 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  2. ^ "C. K. Chandrappan dead". The Hindu. 22 March 2012. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.

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