P. G. N. Unnithan

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P. G. N. Unnithan
Dewan of Travancore
In office
19 August 1947 – 24 March 1948
Monarch Chithira Thirunal of Travancore
Preceded by C. P. Ramaswami Iyer
Succeeded by State of Travancore dissolved
Personal details
Born 1898
Died 1965
Spouse(s) Bhargavi Amma
Alma mater Presidency College, Madras
Occupation lawyer,
Profession Sub-Collector, Statesman

P. G. N. Unnithan was the last Diwan (Prime Minister) of independent Travancore (Thiruvithamkoor). He succeeded Sir C.P. Ramaswami Iyer on 20 August 1947 following the latter's resignation (subsequent to the attempt on Sir CP's life at the Swathi Thirunal Music academy on 25 July 1947). He chaired the Travancore Constitutional Reforms Committee. He relinquished office on 24 March 1948 when a people's government led by Sri Pattom Thanu Pillai as Prime Minister took over.[1]

Sri PGN Unnithan hailed from the Edassery Pattaveettil Family of Mavelikkara which had a history of high military service to the Travancore Royal Family. His father Ittamar Koil Thampuran was from the Haripad Palace and nephew of Kerala Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran. He married Bhargavi Amma, the daughter of Sri PG Govinda Pillai (Government advocate at Alappuzha) of Pullampilla Pichanattu (Viruthiyathu) Family of Chengannur, who was among the earliest women of the region to support the national movement starting with the boycott of foreign clothes at Alleppey organised and led by the veteran freedom fighter and PGN Unnithan's classmate K. Kumar of Travancore. His sister was married to the son of famed Artist Raja Ravi Varma of the Royal Family of Mavelikkara. He had four children. He died on 5 April 1965.

Unnithan Lane at Sasthamangalam in Thiruvananthapuram is named after him.


  1. ^ Desai, Hari (27 February 2017). "Travancore: First to declare Independence". Retrieved 3 June 2017.