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M. P. Veerendra Kumar is an Indian politician, writer and journalist, who was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the Janata Dal (United) political party and the president of Kerala state unit of the party. He is also the chairman and managing director of the Malayalam daily newspaper Mathrubhumi.

M. P. Veerendra Kumar
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MP of Rajya Sabha for Kerala
Assumed office
3 Apr 2016 - 20 Dec 2017
from 24 Mar 2018
Preceded byT. N. Seema, CPI(M)
Personal details
Born (1936-07-22) 22 July 1936 (age 83)[1]
Political partyIndependent (from 24 March 2018)
Other political
JD(U) (till 20 December 2017)
As of 23 September, 2006
Source: [1]


Born to Marudevi Avva and Padmaprabha Gowder, a leader of Socialist Party and former MLA, on 22 July 1936 in a popular Jain family in Kalpetta, and after schooling in Kalpetta and at Kozhikode, he did his master's in philosophy from Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Madras.

An active politician, he was the treasurer and national committee member of the former Samyukta Socialist Party, state secretary of the Kerala Unit of the Socialist Party, one of the all India secretaries of the former Socialist Party, convener of the Opposition Co-ordination Committee in Kerala, vice president of the former Janata Party, and its president. He was arrested during the emergency. During 1987–91 he was elected member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. Later 1996 he was elected to the Lok Sabha, lower house of the Parliament of India from Kozhikode constituency and functioned as Minister of state for Labour and later Finance.


His works include:

  • Samanwayathinte Vasantham
  • Buddhante Chiri
  • Gattum Kanacharadukalum
  • Atmavilekkoru Theerthayathra
  • Prathibhayute Verukal Thedi
  • Changampuzha: Vidhiyute Vettamrigam
  • Thirinjhunokkumbol
  • Lokavyapara Samkhadanayum Oorakkudukkukalum (Gattinu Seshamulla Oranweshanam)
  • Roshathinte Vithukal
  • Adhinivesathinte Adiyozhukukal
  • Hymavathabhoovil
  • Ramantedhukkam



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  2. ^ "Minister calls for schemes to promote khadi". The Hindu online. 14 May 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Veerendra Kumar, Nanjil Nadan among Sahitya Akademi winners". The Hindu. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2014.

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