Gopala Ramanujam

Gopala Ramanujam (1915–2001) was an Indian politician and co-founder of the Indian National Trade Union Congress.[1] He was born on 28 May 1915 at Edircottal village, Ramanathapuram District in Tamil Nadu, India.[2] He was a recipient of the third highest Indian civilian award of the Padma Bhushan.[3]

Gopala Ramanujam
Governor of Odisha
In office
18 June 1995 – 30 January 1997
Preceded byB. Satya Narayan Reddy
Succeeded byK.V. Raghunatha Reddy
Governor of Odisha
In office
13 February 1997 – 13 December 1997
Preceded byK.V. Raghunatha Reddy
Succeeded byK.V. Raghunatha Reddy
President Indian National Trade Union Congress
In office
In office
1985 – 3 August 1994
General SecretaryKanti Mehta
TreasurerGopeshwar Das
Preceded byBindeshwari Dubey
Succeeded byG. Sanjeeva Reddy
Personal details
Born(1915-05-28)28 May 1915
Ramanathapuram, Madras Presidency, British India
Died26 June 2001(2001-06-26) (aged 86)

Trade UnionEdit

He was trained in trade union work during 1945 to 1947 at the Hindusthan Mazdoor Sevak Sangh and Majur Mahajan, Ahmedabad, an institution founded by Mahatma Gandhi. He was the president of the INTUC from 1958 to 1960, and general secretary from 1964 till 1984. In 1985, he was again elected president, and held the post until 3 August 1994.

To honour his commitment to trade unionism, the Chennai-based National Centre for Industrial Harmony conducts the annual G. Ramanujam Memorial Lecture. There is also a permanent chair in his name at The Tamil Nadu Institute of Labour Studies.[4]


He was Governor of Goa from 4 August 1994, to 15 June 1995,[5] before being transferred to Odisha. He was sworn in as Governor of Odisha on 18 June 1995,[3] and stepped down on 30 January 1997. He did another stint from 13 February 1997, to 13 December 1997.[6]

He held additional charge of Andhra Pradesh, from 22 August to 23 November 1997, when incumbent Krishan Kant was elected vice-president.[7]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ a b "List of Odisha Governors" (PDF). Orissa Annual Reference. 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
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  5. ^ "Governors Since Liberation". Raj Bhavan Goa. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Preceded by
B. Satya Narayan Reddy (first term);
K.V. Raghunatha Reddy (second term)
Governor of Odisha
18 Jun 1995 – 30 Jan 1997 (first term);
13 February 1997 – 13 Dec 1997 (second term)
Succeeded by
K.V. Raghunatha Reddy (first term);
K.V. Raghunatha Reddy (second term)