M. Krishnan Nair (politician)
Mannath Krishnan Nair
|Law Member of the Executive Council of the Governor of Madras|
B. Munuswamy Naidu,
Ramakrishna Ranga Rao of Bobbili
|Governor||George Goschen, 2nd Viscount Goschen|
|Preceded by||Sir C. P. Ramaswami Iyer|
|Dewan of Travancore|
11 May 1914 – 7 July 1920
|Preceded by||Sir P. Rajagopalachari|
|Succeeded by||T. Raghavaiah|
Diwan Bahadur Sir Mannath Krishnan Nair KCIE (1870–1938) was an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress and later, Justice Party who served as a member of the Madras Legislative Council and later, executive council of the Governor of Madras. He also served as the Diwan of Travancore from 1914 to 1920
Early life and political career
Krishnan Nair was born in 1870 in the Mannath family of landlords from the Malabar district of Madras Presidency. Krishnan Nair had his schooling in Malabar district and higher education at the Government College, Calcutta and Madras Christian College. Krishnan Nair studied law at the Madras Law College before enrolling as a lawyer.
Diwan of Travancore
In 1920, Nair joined the Justice Party and won the 1920 and 1923 elections, the latter by allegedly polarizing the communal atmosphere in the Malabar district in the wake of the 1922 Moplah riots.
When the Justice Party joined hands with the Swarajya Party against the Simon Commission, the then Governor of Madras, Lord Goschen appointed Krishnan Nair, then a Justice Party member, as his law member in order to woo the Justice Party. As law member, Krishnan Nair expressed support for the devadasi bill passed by Muthulakshmi Reddy.
Krishnan Nair died in 1938.
In January 1930, Krishnan Nair was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire.
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