K.P. Unnikrishnan

K. P. Unnikrishnan (born 1936) is a former politician, writer, Union Minister and parliamentarian of Vatakara.[1]

K.P. Unnikrishnan
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Badagara
In office
Preceded byA. Sreedharan
Succeeded byO. Bharatan
Personal details
Born (1936-09-20) 20 September 1936 (age 84)[citation needed]
Coimbatore, Madras Presidency
Political partyIndian National Congress (I)
ProfessionJournalist, Political & Social worker and writer
As of 23 September, 2006
Source: [1]


K.P. Unnikrishnan was born on 20 September 1936 in a family from Malabar Coast. His fathers name was E. Kunhikannan Nair. He was educated at Madras Christian College. He completed his law also from Chennai. He was associated with Socialist Party and Praja Socialist Party during this period. In the 1960s he joined Indian National Congress and became a member of All India Congress Committee in 1962.

He used to write articles for Mathrubhumi and other periodicals as special correspondent. He entered into electoral foray when he first represented Vatakara constituency in 1971 as anIndian National Congress candidate. He remained unbeaten in the next five LS polls (1977, 1980, 1984, 1989, 1991) despite switching over to the Indian National Congress (U) in 1980 and later to Indian Congress (Socialist) in 1984.[2] In the period 1981 -84 he was the leader of Congress (Secular) in the parliament. In the period 1980-82 he was also a member of Public Accounts Committee (India). He had served as the Minister for Telecommunications, shipping, surface transport in the Vishwanath Pratap Singh ministry (1989–90).[3] During his tenure as minister he oversaw the evacuation of Indians during Gulf War.[4][5][6]

His only defeat in the constituency came in 1996. Unnikrishnan later quit active politics, shifted his base to New Delhi and then to his ancestral house at Panniyankara in Kozhikode, and dedicated himself to reading and writing books.

In 1977, married Amrita Unnikrishnan. They have two daughters.


  1. ^ "The Stalwarts Who Faded Away". The New Indian Express.
  2. ^ January 29, india today digital; November 30, 2015 ISSUE DATE; March 30, 1979UPDATED; Ist, 2015 17:40. "Who's who: Divergence in diversity". India Today. Retrieved 5 May 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Arif Muhammed Khan visits his old friend KP Unnikrishnan". Deccan Chronicle. 15 September 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  4. ^ May 9, K. R. Rajeev / TNN / Updated; 2020; Ist, 16:15. "Foot the bill and bring NRIs home: Ex-Union minister | Kozhikode News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 May 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ September 30, Salil Tripathi DILIP BOBB; September 30, 1990 ISSUE DATE; October 1, 1990UPDATED; Ist, 2013 13:54. "For thousands of Indians, Gulf crisis becomes a nightmare without end". India Today. Retrieved 6 May 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Planning Made Kuwait Airlifting a Success: Ex-Minister". Outlook (India). Retrieved 6 May 2021.