Rajya Sabha MP & Mathrubhumi MD Veerendra Kumar Passes Away at 83
- MP Veerendra Kumar, the managing director of leading Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi and a member of PTI’s board of directors, died Thursday at a private hospital following cardiac arrest, family sources said.
- Veerendra Kumar, a Rajya Sabha MP from Kerala and a former Union minister, was 83.
- “He was admitted to the hospital due to some health complications. But unfortunately he passed away a little before 11 pm,”
- He is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son, MV Shreyams Kumar, who is the joint managing director of Mathrubhumi.
- A well-known politician and literary figure in Kerala, Veerendra Kumar has made his impact in national and state politics and the world of media and literature. A man who won from Kozhikode twice as Lok Sabha member, Veerendra Kumar has also served as a minister at both the centre and state.
- Veerendra Kumar entered politics as a part of the political movement spearheaded by Jayaprakash Narayan. He strengthened the JP movement in the Malabar region of Kerala. He started his political career with the Socialist party. He has been with the Janata Dal and Janata Dal (United) too.
- Kumar was elected to the Kerala Assembly from his hometown Kalpetta in 1987 and served as an MLA till 1991. He has served as Minister of Forests in Kerala.
- He was elected to 11th and 13th Lok Sabha. He was a union minister for two years. Minister of State (MoS), Finance (Department of Expenditure) for a few months in 1997.
- He also served as MoS Labour (Independent Charge) with additional charges as MoS, Urban Affairs & Employment (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs between June 1997 to March 1998 in the IK Gujaral Cabinet.
- Veerendra Kumar, the Left Democratic Front-backed Independent candidate, was elected to the Rajya Sabha in the elections held for the lone seat from Kerala in March 2018. His last rites will be held at Wayanad tomorrow.
- He also received the Sahitya Akademi award for his travelogue, Haimavatha Bhhovil, in 2010. He has won over 100 awards for his literary works, including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award.
- He has also served as Chairman of the Press Trust of India between 1992-1993, 2003-2004 and 2011-2012.
About Kerela –
- Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.
- Capital – Thiruvananthapuram
- Chief minister– Pinarayi Vijayan
- Governor– Arif Mohammad Khan
जीके और दैनिक करेंट अफेयर्स अपडेट हिंदी में प्राप्त करें – क्लिक करें