Pattom A. Thanu Pillai

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Pattom A. Thanu Pillai

Pattom A. Thanu Pillai (15 July 1885 – 27 July 1970) was a participant in the Indian independence movement who later served as the Chief Minister of Kerala from 22 February 1960 to 25 September 1962. He was known as the 'Bhishmacharya' of Kerala politics.

Born into prominent Nair family, A. Thanu Pillai at Thiruvananthapuram, he was the son of Varadaraja Ayyar and Eswari Amma.[1]

After gaining his degree he worked briefly as a lawyer before abandoning that in favour of involvement in the Indian National Congress.[1]

The Communist-led government subsequently collapsed as a consequence of the movement known as the Vimochana Samaram (Liberation Struggle). Elections were held in 1960 and Pillai became the second Chief Minister of Kerala, as head of a PSP-Congress coalition administration.[1]

He was Governor of Punjab from 1962 until 1964, and Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 1964 to 1968.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pattom. A. Thanu Pillai". Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 2006-03-22. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Prime Minister of Travancore
1948– 1948
Succeeded by
Parur T. K. Narayana Pillai
Preceded by
A. J. John, Anaparambil
Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin
1954– 1955
Succeeded by
Panampilly Govinda Menon
Preceded by
E. M. S. Namboodiripad
Chief Minister of Kerala
1960– 1962
Succeeded by
R. Sankar
Government offices
Preceded by
Narahar Vishnu Gadgil
Governor of Punjab
1962 – 1964
Succeeded by
Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim
Preceded by
S. M. Shrinagesh
Governor of Andhra Pradesh
1964 – 1968
Succeeded by
Khandubhai Kasanji Desai