K.M. Chandy (politician)

Kizhakkayil Mathai Chandy (6 August 1921 – 7 September 1998) was an Indian politician who served as the governor of the Indian states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Pondicherry. He is also the former president of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and chairman of Rubber Board.

Kizhakkayil Mathai Chandy
Prof. K. M. Chandy
8th Governor of Madhya Pradesh
In office
30 December 1987 – 30 March 1989
Chief MinisterMotilal Vora
Arjun Singh
Preceded byNarayan Dutta Ojha (Acting)
Succeeded bySarla Grewal
In office
15 May 1984 – 30 November 1987
Chief MinisterArjun Singh
Motilal Vora
Preceded byB. D. Sharma
Succeeded byNarayan Dutta Ojha (Acting)
6th Governor of Gujarat
In office
6 August 1983 – 26 April 1984
Chief MinisterMadhav Singh Solanki
Preceded bySharda Mukherjee
Succeeded byBraj Kumar Nehru
7th Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry
In office
15 May 1982 – 5 August 1983
Chief MinisterM. D. R. Ramachandran
Preceded byR.N. Haldipur
Succeeded byKona Prabhakara Rao
President of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee
In office
January 1978 – May 1982
Preceded byK. C. Abraham
Succeeded byS. Varadarajan Nair
Personal details
Kizhakkayil Mathai Chandy

(1921-08-06)6 August 1921
Pala, Travancore, British India (Now in Kerala, India)
Died7 September 1998(1998-09-07) (aged 77)
Lisie Hospital, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Mariakutty Chandy
(m. 1939; his death 1998)
ResidencePala, Kerala
Alma materSt. Berchmans College

University College Thiruvananthapuram
As of 11 July 2020
Source: [1]

He was elected unanimously to the State Legislature after Independence at the age of 26 and he was re-elected in 1952 and 1954. Chandy was mainly responsible for the establishment and growth of many big co-operative institutions in Kerala. The first ever Youth Congress Unit was started by him in the year 1953. He founded the Meenachil Co-operative Land Mortgage Bank.He was also the Founder of the Palai Co-operative Marketing Society. The Kerala State Rubber Marketing Federation was founded by him in 1971. He founded the Indian Rubber Growers Association in 1966. The present B. Tech. Course in rubber technology in the Cochin University is his brain child.It was at his instance that India joined the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC). He led a large number of delegations from India to conferences of International Rubber Study Group, Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries(ANRPC), International Rubber Research Development Board held at London, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore, etc. from 1972 to 1978.[1]

Early lifeEdit

K. M. Chandy was born on 6 August 1921 at Palai in Kottayam District as the son of Kizhakkayil Mathai and Mathai Mariyam. He had 3 younger brothers including Pala K.M Mathew (Former Member Of Parliament) and a sister.[2] He had his schooling in his home town palai and College education at Changanacherry and Trivandrum. He completed his M.A. in English Language and literature in 1942.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Mariakutty Chandy in the year 1939 at the age of 18. They have eight sons and two daughters.[3]


Chandy died on 7 September 1998, aged 77, at Lisie Hospital, Ernakulam.


He couldn’t complete his autobiography titled "Jeevitha Vazhiyorakazhchakal" due to his sudden death. But later it was published by Labour (India) publications in 1999 after his death.

A biography on him titled "Varika Varika Sahajare" was written by Pala K.M. Mathew published by Current Books in 2009.[4][5][6][7][8]


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  2. ^ "Genealogy of Prof. K.M. Chandy". Roots-The Kerala Christian Family Tree.
  3. ^ "Prof. K.M. Chandy(personal details)". Roots. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Prof. K.M. Chandy". Rajbhavan Madhya Pradesh (Govt. of Madhya Pradesh). Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Three instances when Governors didn't buckle under pressure". National Herald India. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Interview with Prof. KM Chandy (Freedom fighter, Congress leader,MLA,State Governor)".
  7. ^ "Bio-data of Prof.K.M Chandy". Prof.K.M Chandy Foundation. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  8. ^ "K.M. Chandy award for best rubber grower". The Hindu. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.