Saturday, October 18, 2014


The legend Shri.K. Karunakaran was an ideal Indian Politician who was one of the top leaders of Indian National Congress Party and member of AICC.He was very close to Smt.Indira Gandhi and Shri. Rajiv Gandhi.
He was fondly termed and called as ' Leader' even by those in the  opponent parties.He served as,Trade union Leader,Member of Legislative Assembly,State Minister,Chief Minister,Member of Parliament,Union Cabinet Minister etc.
With Former Indian President Smt.Pratibha Patil
Karunakaran with his wife Smt.Kalyanikutty Amma
He was humorous like Marxist Party leader and former Chief Minister of Kerala Shri E.K.Nayanar.Karunakaran's sarcasm and witty conversation amused his allies and all.This versatile personality and the Ultimate leader possessed qualities like generosity,enthusiasm,idealism,tactfulness,keenness,tolerance etc.He was very hard working and was responsible with swiftness and quick in all actions. 
Chief Minister Shri.Oommen Chandi,Shri.K.Karunakaran and Former Indian Defence Minister Shri A.K.Antony
K.Karunakaran was born on July 5, 1918 at Chirackal in Kannur District to parents Thekkedathu Ravunni Marar and Kannoth Kalyani Amma with birth star 'Karthika'.He studied at Vadakara in the LP and UP sections of schools and afterwards joind Thrissur MTI for drawing and painting diploma  course in which he had inborn talents.
He was an active member of Indian freedom  Struggle and he participated in the 1942 Quit India Movement also.
With Chief Minister Shri.Oommen Chandy
He became a  candidate for an election for  the first time in the  Thrissur Municipal Corporation election.
He became member of the Thrissur Municipal Council from 1945 to 1947 and from that period itself he was being called as  the 'Leader'.

In the year  1948 he won the Cochin State Assembly elections.
In the year 1949, 1952, and in 1954 he was elected to Travancore-Cochin Legislative Assembly.
He became an MLA in 1968 and won a total of seven times.
Karunakaran represented 'Mala Constituency' continuously for thirty years.
With Shri.E.M.S
During 67-69,78,80-81, and 87-91 he was leader of the Opposition at Kerala Legislative Assembly.
With Shri.Rahul Gandhi
He was the main  brain behind the formation of UDF and  the founder of UDF which helped a coalition  in 1970 by which likely political parties joined together to form a Government in Kerala.It was a great idea which was later followed in some other states and for the formation of Union Government also.
With Shri.Rajiv Gandhi
During 1971 to 77 he was a Minister  in Kerala Government during the period which Shri.C.Achutha Menon was the  Chief minister.
Karunakaran was the Home Minister during emergency period and after it he had to step down because of the controversial 'Rajan Case'.
Smt.Padmaja Venugopal
Karunakaran served as Chief minister for the full five year term from 1982 to 1987 only.
He became Chief Minister in 1991 but resigned in 1995 and shri.A.K.Antony took over as Chief Minister.
Karunakaran served as Union Cabinet Minister for Industries from 1995 to 1996.

With Matha Amrithanandamayi Devi

with Smt.Indira Gandhi

with Shri.Man Mohan Singh and Smt.Sonia Gandhi

He was member of Parliament from 1995 to 1998.
He formed a new political party 'DIC' in 2005 but returned back  to Indian National Congress very soon.
He Married his uncle's daughter Kalyanikutty Amma in 1954 at the Guruvayoor Temple.The couple have two Children, Shri.K.Muraleedharan and Smt.Padmaja Venu Gopal.Karunakaran's wife Kalyanikutty Amma passed away in 1993 and later he became a pure vegetarian.
Karunakaran was a firm believer of God and his love towards 'Guruvayoorappan' was well known.He used to visit Guruvayoor Temple on the 1st of all months according to Malayalam Calendar.
Shri.K Karunakaran passed away on 23 December 2010 aged 92, at a private Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.His funeral was attended by the  then Prime Minister Shri.Man Mohan Singh and AICC Chief Smt.Sonia Gandhi.

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