Susheela Gopalan

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Susheela Gopalan
Member of Parliament and Minister for Industries and Social Welfare, Kerala
ConstituencyAlappuzha and Chirayinkil
Personal details
Born(1929-12-29)29 December 1929
Muhamma, in Alappuzha, Kerala
Died19 December 2001(2001-12-19) (aged 71)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Political partyCommunist Party of India (Marxist)
A. K. Gopalan
(m. 1952; died 1977)
ChildrenLaila Gopalan

Susheela Gopalan (29 December 1929, at Muhamma, in Alappuzha, Kerala – 19 December 2001, at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala) was an Indian Communist leader and one of the founding members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). She was elected Member of Parliament twice, from Alappuzha (1980) and Chirayinkil (1991), and was a Minister in the Government of Kerala for a number of years. Born to the famous Ezhava kalari family, Cheerappanchira in Muhamma, she was educated in Alappuzha and Trivandrum and joined the Communist Party. She married A. K. Gopalan in 1952, one of the veterans of the party, who she had met during his years in hiding.[1]

She was one of the few women who held major responsibilities in the CPI (M) structure. She was a Minister in a number of LDF cabinets in Kerala. During her last term she was the Minister for Industries and Social Welfare. She lost by one vote to E. K. Nayanar in an election for chief ministership in the state committee of CPI(M), in whose cabinet she became the Minister for Industries and Social Welfare.


  1. ^ "Love in time of struggles". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 January 2018.

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