Panampilly Govinda Menon

Panampilly Govinda Menon (Malayalam: പനമ്പിള്ളി ഗോവിന്ദമേനോന്‍) (1 October 1906 – 23 May 1970) was an Indian politician, freedom fighter and lawyer.

Panampilly Govinda Menon
Minister of Railways
In office
4 November 1969 – 18 February 1970
Preceded byRam Subhag Singh
Succeeded byGulzarilal Nanda
Personal details
Born(1906-10-01)1 October 1906
Kakkad near Chalakudy, British India
Died23 May 1970(1970-05-23) (aged 63)
Statue of Panampilly Govinda Menon which used to be at Chalakudy Junction. This was broken in a vehicle accident. A new one has been placed in 2017.

He was born in a village near Kathikkudam and completed graduation from St.Thomas College, Thrissur. He started his legal practice as a junior to Adv. M. C. Joseph. He was the first treasurer of Kerala Yukthivadi Sangham. He moved his practice to Ernakulam afterwards.

Later in the 1930s he became prominent in the politics of the Kingdom of Cochin and served briefly as the Prime Minister of Cochin state in 1947. After the union of Travancore and Cochin, he served as minister for education under Parur T. K. Narayana Pillai and minister for finance under A. J. John, Anaparambil. He was the Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin in 1955–1956. He represented Mukundapuram (Lok Sabha constituency) from 1962 until his death. He became Union Minister for Law and Railways (1969–1970) and Minister of state for Food and Agriculture. He was also the political mentor of K. Karunakaran.

In 2006, the birth centenary celebrations of Panampilly Govinda Menon were inaugurated by the then President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.[1][2][3] Later in his memory a college was built in Chalakudy named Panampilly Memorial Government College.


  1. ^ "Emulate leaders of the past, President tells politicians". The Hindu. 21 December 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  2. ^ "President's Address at the Inauguration of the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Panampilly Govinda Menon". Press Information Bureau: Government of India. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Panampilly's services recalled". The Hindu. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.

Further readingEdit

  • L. V. Harikumar: Panampilly Govinda Menon: Charithravazhiyile Deepashikha - Biography, 2nd Edition published by Kerala State Institute of Languages, Thiruvananthapuram, ISBN 978-81-7638-832-0

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