C. Divakaran

C. Divakaran (born 4 September 1942) is an Indian politician, from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He is a State Executive Member of Communist Party of India (CPI), and National Working Committee Member of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC). A former Minister of Food and Civil Supplies in the Government of Kerala.[1] He represented the Karunagappalli constituency in Kollam district from 2006 to 2016 and presently representing Nedumangad constituency in Thiruvananthapuram, in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.[2] He is a vivid writer and published 3 books.

C. Divakaran
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In office
Preceded byPalode Ravi
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byA. N. Rajan Babu
Succeeded byR. Ramachandran
Kerala State Minister of Food & Civil Supplies
In office
Preceded byAdoor Prakash
Succeeded byT.M. Jacob
Assumed office
Preceded byPalode Ravi
Personal details
Born (1942-09-04) 4 September 1942 (age 78)
Thiruvananthapuram, Travancore, British India
Political partyCommunist Party of India
ChildrenOne son and one daughter
ResidenceThiruvananthapuram, Kerala
EducationB.A., BEd

Early Life and FamilyEdit

Divakaran was born on 4 September 1942 to C. K. Shivarama Panikkar and Ammukuttyamma at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. His initial schooling was in Kamaleshwaram Government School and then at SMV High School, Thiruvananthapuram. In 1957, he was appointed as the first prime minister of the school parliament, a new concept introduced by the efforts of the then efforts of the Education Minister Prof. Joseph Mundassery in E.M.S.Namboodhiripad's ministry. This marked as a turning point in his school and political career. Later he joined Thiruvananthapuram University College to do his degree course.

He was elected as a General Secretary of MG college pre-university association and magazine editor at University college. His writing His own preaching style and a prominent personality made C Divakaran the favorite in the college.

After his B.A. and BEd degrees he started working as a teacher at Ottasekharamangalam and K.S.Abhraham Memorial Higher Secondary school at Thirumala, Thiruvananthapuram. He is living with his wife Smt. T.V.Hemalatha and 2 children in Manacaud at Thiruvananthapuram.[3]

Political careerEdit

C Divakaran is active in politics for over 50 years, based out of the capital city Thiruvananthapuram. He is a prominent and popular leader of the Communist Party of India. He started his political journey during college days. After graduating, he started working as a teacher, but to concentrate on party affairs he quit teaching and became full-time party worker.

C Divakaran held many positions and responsibilities before contesting in the assembly election. In 1972 he was elected as CPI district council assistant secretary. He was jailed in connection with "Job or Jail" strike.[4] During his political career, he held several posts, including State General Secretary of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), State Secretariat member of CPI, National Executive member of CPI, and All India Vice-President of AITUC.

From 2006–2016, he represented Karunagappalli constituency in the state assembly. In the year 2006-2011 he was the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection, Dairy Developments, Milk Co-operatives, and Animal Husbandry[5] in V.S.Achudhananthan ministry.

In the year 2016, he won the assembly election in Nedumangad constituency. He was the LDF candidate[6] for Thiruvananthapuram in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, but defeated by UDF candidate Shashi Tharoor

He is also the Chairman of Prabhath Book House, the publishing house of Communist Party of India in Kerala. He had published many books including an essay collection titled "lokathe njetticha vediyochakalkku pinnil" (Behind the gunshots that shook the world), a travelogue titled Nirangalude China (The Colorful China), Rashtriyam Smarana Prabhashanam (collection of articles).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Council of Ministers - Kerala". Kerala Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Members of Legislative Assempbly". Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  3. ^ https://www.veethi.com/india-people/c._divakaran-profile-9603-19.htm
  4. ^ "C. Divakaran". Government of Kerala. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Kerala Government- Council of Ministers (Cabinet) 2006-2011". keralaassembly.org. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  6. ^ "CPI names C Divakaran to fight Shashi Tharoor, 3 others in Lok Sabha polls". hindustantimes.com. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.

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