M. V. Raghavan

Melathu Veettil Raghavan (5 May 1933 – 9 November 2014) was a veteran Communist leader and a former Minister in Kerala state of India.[1] He was the General Secretary of the Communist Marxist Party, an alliance partner in the United Democratic Front. Prior to the formation of the CMP he was a prominent leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).[2][3]

M. V. Raghavan
Personal details

(1933-05-05)5 May 1933
Cannanore, Malabar District, Madras Presidency, British India
(present day Kannur, Kerala, India)
Died9 November 2014(2014-11-09) (aged 81)
Political party
Children4 (incl. M. V. Nikesh Kumar)

He was expelled from the CPI(M) following an inner party struggle in which he advocated alliance with the Kerala Congress and Indian Union Muslim League against the official line of keeping these two parties out of Left Democratic Front (LDF). He then formed the CMP and later joined the United Democratic Front (UDF). He was a minister in UDF governments a number of times.

He belongs to Kannur district in the North Malabar area of Kerala. His district is one of the developing zones in the country. Raghavan set up the first co-operative sector medical college in the country, Pariyaram Medical College in Kannur District. He was the key person to build the first Visha Chikitsa Kendram (Snake Venom Removal Centre) in the state at Pappinisseri. His other major achievement has been the setting up of a Snake Park in Dharmasala, which has become a major tourist attraction. [4]

Positions heldEdit

  • Member, 4th Kerala Legislative Assembly from Madayi – CPI(M)
  • Member, 5th Kerala Legislative Assembly from Thaliparamba – CPI(M)
  • Member, 6th Kerala Legislative Assemble from Kuthuparamba – CPI(M)
  • Member, 7th Kerala Legislative Assemble from Payyannur – CPI(M)
  • Member, 8th Kerala Legislative Assemble from Azhikode – CMP
  • Member, 9th Kerala Legislative Assemble from Kazhakkootam – CMP
  • Member, 11th Kerala Legislative Assemble from Trivandrum-West-CMP[5]
  • Minister for Co-Operation, Government of Kerala, 24 June 1991 to 9 May 1996
  • Minister for Co-Operation and Ports, Government of Kerala, 17 May 2001 to 20 April 2006
  • President, Pappinissery Panchayat, Kannur (16 years)

Personal lifeEdit

Raghavan was born to Shankaran Nambiar on 5 May 1933 in Kannur.[6] He was married to Janaki. The couple have three sons,[7] notable being M. V. Nikesh Kumar, a journalist[8] and a daughter.

Since 2005, Raghavan was bed-ridden with advanced Parkinson's disease. He died on 9 November 2014.[9] at the age of 81.[10] He was cremated with full state honours at Payyambalam Beach Crematorium, near the memorials of Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai, A. K. Gopalan, K. G. Marar and E. K. Nayanar.


  1. ^ "Minister for Co-operation". Kerala Legislative Assembly, Thiruvananthapuram. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  2. ^ http://www.firstpost.com/politics/marxist-communist-party-founder-mv-raghavan-passes-away-1794239.html
  3. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/m-v-raghavan-communist-leader-who-took-on-cpm-in-kerala-dead/
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Members - Kerala Legislature".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.marunadanmalayali.com/index.php?page=newsDetail&id=29875
  8. ^ "Writing with light". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 4 February 2005. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011.
  9. ^ "എം വി രാഘവൻ അന്തരിച്ചു; യാത്രയായത് കേരളം കണ്ട ഏറ്റവും തന്റേടിയായ രാഷ്ട്രീയ നേതാവ്; അവ".
  10. ^ "CMP leader M.V. Raghavan passes away". The Hindu. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2019.

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