M. P. Veerendra Kumar

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M. P. Veerendra Kumar
M. P. Veerendra Kumar DS.jpg
MP of Rajya Sabha for Kerala
In office
23 March 2018 – 28 May 2020
In office
3 April 2016 – 20 December 2017
Preceded byT. N. Seema
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byK. Muraleedharan
Succeeded byM. K. Raghavan
In office
Preceded byK. Muraleedharan
Succeeded byP. Sankaran
Personal details
Born(1936-07-22)22 July 1936
Died28 May 2020(2020-05-28) (aged 83)[1]
Political partyLoktantrik Janata Dal (from 24 March 2018)
Other political
JD(U) (till 20 December 2017)
As of 23 September, 2006
Source: [1]

M. P. Veerendra Kumar was an Indian politician, writer and journalist, who was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. He was a member of the Loktantrik Janata Dal political party and was the president of Kerala state unit of the party. He was also the chairman and managing director of the Malayalam daily newspaper Mathrubhumi. He died on 28th May 2020 due to cardiac arrest at Kozhikode in Kerala.


Kumar was born to Marudevi Avva and Padmaprabha Gowder, a leader of Socialist Party and former MLA, on 22 July 1936 in a popular Jain family in Kalpetta. After schooling in Kalpetta and at Kozhikode, he did his master's in philosophy from Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Madras.

An active politician, he was the treasurer and national committee member of the former Samyukta Socialist Party, state secretary of the Kerala Unit of the Socialist Party, one of the all India secretaries of the former Socialist Party, convener of the Opposition Co-ordination Committee in Kerala, vice president of the former Janata Party, and its president. He was arrested during the emergency. During 1987–91 he was elected member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. Later, in 1996 he was elected to the Lok Sabha, lower house of the Parliament of India from Kozhikode constituency and functioned as Minister of state for Labour and later Finance.


His works include:

  • Samanwayathinte Vasantham
  • Buddhante Chiri
  • Gattum Kanacharadukalum
  • Atmavilekkoru Theerthayathra
  • Prathibhayute Verukal Thedi
  • Changampuzha: Vidhiyute Vettamrigam
  • Thirinjhunokkumbol
  • Lokavyapara Samkhadanayum Oorakkudukkukalum (Gattinu Seshamulla Oranweshanam)
  • Roshathinte Vithukal
  • Adhinivesathinte Adiyozhukukal
  • Hymavathabhoovil
  • Ramantedhukkam
  • Vivekanandan: Sanyasiyum Manushyanum



He suffered a cardiac arrest and died at a private hospital in Calicut on 28 May 2020 . [4]


  1. ^ http://www.mpveerendrakumar.in/profile.html
  2. ^ "Minister calls for schemes to promote khadi". The Hindu online. 14 May 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Veerendra Kumar, Nanjil Nadan among Sahitya Akademi winners". The Hindu. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  4. ^ https://www.deshabhimani.com/news/kerala/news-national-28-05-2020/873941
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
K. Muraleedharan
Member of Parliament
for Kozhikode

1996 – 1998
Succeeded by
P. Sankaran
Preceded by
K. Muraleedharan
Member of Parliament
for Kozhikode

2004 - 2009
Succeeded by
M. K. Raghavan

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