E. Ahamed

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E. Ahamed
Minister of state for External Affairs
In office
16 may 2004 – 17 May 2014
Succeeded by Vijay Kumar Singh
Member of Parliament for
Assumed office
May 2009
Preceded by office established
Personal details
Born (1938-04-29) 29 April 1938 (age 78)
Malappuram, Kerala
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian Union Muslim League
Spouse(s) Late Zuhara Ahamed
Children 2 sons and 1 daughter
Residence Kannur
Religion Islam
Website http://eahamed.com/
As of 27 May, 2014

E. Ahamed (born 29 April 1938) is the former Minister of State for External Affairs of India. He represents the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency of Kerala and is the National President of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).


Mr. E. Ahamed graduated from Govt. Brennen College in Tellicherry, Kerala and later obtained a law degree from the Government Law College in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1967, 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1987. From 1982 to 1987, he served as Cabinet Minister for Industries, Government of Kerala.

From 1971 to 1977, Mr. Ahamed was the Founding Chairman of the Kerala State Rural Development Board. From 1979 to 1980 he was the Executive Chairman of the Kerala State Small Scale Industries Development Corporation. From 1981 to 1983 he was the Chairman of the Municipal Council in Kannur, Kerala.

He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009. During 2004 -2009, he served as the Minister of State for External Affairs. From April 2009 to January 2011, he was Minister of State for Railways. He assumed charge again as Minister of State of External Affairs on 24 January 2011. Mr. Ahamed also held the additional charge of the Ministry of Human Resource Development from July 2011 to October 2012.

Mr. Ahamed is currently the National President of the Indian Union Muslim League. During his tenure in the Parliament, he has been a member of several parliamentary committees including External Affairs, Railways, Civil Aviation and Tourism, Public Undertakings, Science and Technology, Environment and Forests. Mr. Ahamed was also the Chairman of the Government Assurance Committee. Nominated by the Government of India as Co-Chairman for the High Level Monitoring Mechanism (HLMM) between India and Qatar in November 2011.

Mr. Ahamed is widely traveled and has represented India in the United Nations 10 times between 1991 and 2014. In 1984, he was sent to GCC countries as an Emissary of the then Prime Minister late Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Born on 29 April 1938, Mr. Ahamed has performed Hajj seven times - five times as Member of Government of India Haj Goodwill Delegation. He has also authored 4 books in English and Malayalam.

He was married to Late Mrs. Zuhara Ahamed. Mr. Ahamed has two sons and one daughter.

His hobbies include reading, writing and watching sports.

Special Accomplishments[edit]

  • Led a high-level trade delegation of Government of India to Gulf Countries in 1984.
  • Served as Special Emissary of the then Prime Minister Late Smt. Indira Gandhi and met Heads of States of the Gulf Countries, 1984
  • Member of Indian Delegation in the UN General Assembly for consecutive six times from 1992-97.
  • Fact finding team leader of Mina Fire Tragedy, Saudi Arabia in 1997.
  • Member of Indian Delegation to World Social Summit Copenhagen, 1995.
  • Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegations to various countries, 1994-2001
  • Represented Indian Parliament in Commonwealth Parliamentary Joint Colloquium at Buckinghamshire, UK in 1998
  • Member of Indian World Parliamentary Conference, Amman, Jordan in 2000
  • Chairman, Crisis Management Group during Iraq hostage crisis in August–September 2004.
  • Led the Indian delegation to Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Co-operation Ministerial Meeting at Colombo in August 2004.
  • Led the Indian delegation to signing of Sudan Peace Agreement at Nairobi in January 2005
  • Led the Indian delegation to Small Island developing States Meeting at Mauritius in January 2005
  • Led the first Indian high-level delegation to League of Arab States Summit at Algiers in March 2005
  • Led the Indian delegation to Sudan donors Conference at Oslo in April 2005
  • Led the Indian high-level delegation as special emissary of Prime Minister to South Summit/G-77 Ministerial Conference at Doha, Qatar in June 2005
  • Led the Indian delegation to the Review Conference on Financing for Development at United Nations General Assembly in June 2005.
  • Led the Indian delegation to the Regional Ministerial Meeting of Asia & Pacific on Millennium Development Goals at Jakarta in August 2005
  • Led Indian delegation to Lebanon & Syria on a bilateral visit from 27 September 2005 to 1 October 2005.
  • Led Indian delegation to 26th Session of SAARC Summit in Dhaka from 10 to 13 November 2005
  • Led Indian delegation to Islamabad for International Donors Conference at Islamabad from 18 to 22 November 2005
  • Represented India along with Hon’ble Vice President, Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in the funeral of Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Makhtoum Rashid Al-Makhtoum on 5 January 2006.
  • Led Indian delegation to Tehran for 6th Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation Ministerial and Senior officials meeting on 20 to 22 February 2006.
  • Chaired the meeting of Heads of Indian Missions of GCC countries in Doha on 18 & 19 March 2006.
  • Led Indian delegation to Sudan for Eighteenth Summit of League of Arab States held in Khartoum on 28–30 March 2006.
  • Led Indian delegation to Tunisia for 10th Session of India-Tunisia Joint Commission meeting on 5–8 February 2007.
  • Led Indian delegation for the 7th Council of Ministers meeting of Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) on 3-8 March 2007.
  • Led Indian delegation to Seoul, South Korea for 6th Asia Cooperation Dialogue Ministerial Meeting.
  • Led Indian delegation to Tehran, Iran for NAM Ministerial Meeting on Human Rights and Altoral Diversity on 3–4 September 2007.
  • Led Indian delegation to Tashkent for the Heads of State Council meeting of the Member & Observer States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on 1–3 November 2007.
  • Led Indian delegation to New York for the 62nd Session at the UNGA, New York on 29 November – 3 December 2007.
  • Accompanied Vice President of India to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan on 4–10 April 2008.
  • Accompanied the Prime Minister of India to Oman and Qatar on 8–9 November 2008.
  • Led Indian delegation to Colombo, Sri Lanka for 31st Session of SAARC Council of Ministers meeting on 27 February 2009.
  • Led Indian delegation to Havana, Cuba for the NAM Ministerial Meeting on 29–30 April 2009.
  • After the formation of UPA Government, India was invited for the first time to the Arab League Summit. Mr. Ahamed led the high-level Indian delegation to League of Arab States Summit at Algiers in 2005, Khartoum in 2006, Riyadh in 2007, Damascus in 2008 and Doha in 2009.
  • Mr. Ahamed was able to persuade for India specific Amnesty in gulf countries – Oman, UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and this has helped thousands of workers who were illegal immigrants in these countries to regularize their stay or return home.
  • On 9.12.2008 represented India in the United Nations Security Council to present its case before the International community in the wake of Mumbai terror attack (26/11) and successfully persuaded the international community to ban the extremist outfits in Pakistan unanimously.
  • On 17.9.2004 visited Palestine and met H.E. Yasser Arafat as an emissary of Hon’ble Prime Minister. It was an historical visit when the Palestinian people were facing hardship and agony. India has given 15 million dollar, 15 specially made vehicles and medical assistance to the tune of 5 million dollar in two spells.
  • Release of Mr. Naushad, whose eye was to be gorged out as ordered by the Court of Law in Saudi Arabia, was another milestone in the service of humanity rendered by Mr. Ahamed.

Hostage Crisis[edit]

In August–September 2004 three Indians were abducted by a group of militants in Iraq. Government of India constituted a Crisis Management Committee consisting of four Joint Secretaries of Ministry of External Affairs and the Committee was headed by Mr. Ahamed. With the timely and wisely intervention and constant touch with various authorities in and outside Iraq, Mr. Ahamed was able to release all the six hostages from the clutches of the militants unhurt and brought them back home safely. This was a landmark achievement which was appreciated by one and all in and outside the country.

Haj Quota[edit]

Till 2004, the total number of Hajees performed Haj through the Haj Committee of India was 72000. With the sincere efforts and persuasion with the Saudi authorities, Mr. Ahamed has been able to increase the quota from 72000 to 170000 put together.


External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
E Ahamed
Leader of the Indian_Union_Muslim_League Party in the 16th Lok Sabha