T.M. Thomas Isaac

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Dr. T. M. Thomas Isaac
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Minister of Finance of Kerala
Assumed office
25 May 2016
Preceded by Oommen Chandy
Constituency Alapuzha
In office
18 May 2006 – 18 May 2011
Preceded by Vakkom Purushothaman
Succeeded by K.M. Mani
Personal details
Born 26 September 1952 (1952-09-26) (age 64)
Kottapuram near Kodungalloor, Travancore-Cochin, India
Political party Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Alma mater Centre for Development Studies, JNU
Occupation Politician, Economist
Website http://drthomasisaac.in/

Dr.T. M. Thomas Isaac (born 1952) is the Minister of Finance of the Indian state of Kerala and a central committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He represents Alappuzha constituency in the Kerala State Legislative Assembly. During his tenure as a member of the Kerala State Planning Board, he was in charge of the People's Plan campaign(PPC) in Kerala. This campaign is considered as a landmark in the history of decentralisation in India. He also served as the Finance Minister of Kerala from 2006 to 2011.

Personal life[edit]

The son of T. P. Mathew and Saramma Mathew, Isaac obtained a PhD [1] from the Centre for Development Studies, which is academically affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University. His PhD theis is titled Class Struggle and Industrial Structure: A Study of Coir Weaving Industry in Kerala 1859 - 1980.[2] While a student, he became involved in student politics, being involved with the Students Federation of India (SFI), an organisation which is politically linked with the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He has held posts in the SFI at college, district and state level.

Isaac was a professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram and has published a number of articles and books.[3]

Isaac is divorced from his wife Dr Nata Duvvury [4] who is currently a senior lecture at National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.[5] They have two daughters; Sara Duvisac, and Dora Duvisac.[6]



  1. Science for Social Revolution: The Experience of Kerala Shastra Sahithya Parishad With Dr. B. Ekbal (1989)
  2. Democracy at work in an Indian industrial cooperative: the story of Kerala Dinesh Beedi With Richard W. Franke and Pyaralal Raghavan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 1998
  3. Kalliasseri experiment in local level planning With P. V. Unnikrishnan, T. Gangadharan, Sreekumar Chathopadhya, Lalitha Bhai Sathyan, and Ajay Kumar Varma. Trivandrum: Centre for Development Studies. Monograph Series: Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development.1995
  4. Modernisation and employment: the coir industry in Kerala. With R. A. Van Stuijvenberg and K. N. Nair. Indo-Dutch Studies on Development Alternatives 10. New Delhi: Sage Publications. 1992
  5. Local Democracy and Development: People's campaign for decentralised planning in Kerala with Richard W. Franke. New Delhi: LeftWord Books. 2000


  1. The Withering Coconut (1985)
  2. Political Economy of Poverty (1985)
  3. Economics Crisis in the Capitalist World (1987)
  4. ABC of Political Economy (1987)
  5. The World Bank and IMF (1988)
  6. Kerala: Land and Man (1988) [Won Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 1989]
  7. Political Economy of Surrender (1992)
  8. Peoples Planning: Theory and Practice (1998)
  9. Peoples Planning: Questions and Answers (1998)
  10. Construction of False Consent : Critique of Malayalam Media 2000 - 2010 (with N. P. Chandrasekharan)


  1. ^ C D S D o c t o r a l S t u d i e s 1 9 7 5 - 2 0 1 2. http://cds.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Thesis-List_-Jan2013.pdf
  2. ^ C D S D o c t o r a l S t u d i e s 1 9 7 5 - 2 0 1 2. http://cds.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Thesis-List_-Jan2013.pdf
  3. ^ Isaac, T.M. Thomas. "Curriculum Vitae". Centro de Estudos Sociais. Retrieved 15 March 2009. http://www.ces.fe.uc.pt/emancipa/cv/gen/isaac.html
  4. ^ Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac's daughter Sarah to get married in New York. Retrieved 05 March 2017. http://www.ibtimes.co.in/kerala-finance-minister-thomas-isaacs-daughter-sarah-get-married-new-york-689479
  5. ^ People. Retrieved 05 March 2017. http://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/political-science-and-sociology/nataduvvury/
  6. ^ Shri. Dr. T. M. Thomas Isaac. Retrieved 05 March 2017. https://kerala.gov.in/dr-t-m-thomas-isaac

External links[edit]

  • Marxism is Relevant: Thomas Isaac [1]
  • Punchhi panel will not help: Thomas Isaac [2]