T. M. Thomas Isaac

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Dr. T. M. Thomas Isaac (born 26 September 1952) is an Indian politician and economist, who served as the Minister for Finance and Coir of the Indian state of Kerala and a central committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

T. M. Thomas Isaac
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Minister for Finance and Coir, Government of Kerala
In office
25 May 2016 – 3 May 2021
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Minister for Finance, Government of Kerala
In office
18 May 2006 – 16 May 2011
Preceded byVakkom Purushothaman
Succeeded byK. M. Mani
Member of Kerala Legislative Assemby
In office
1 June 2011 – 3 May 2021
Preceded byA. A. Shukoor
Succeeded byP. P. Chitharanjan
In office
Preceded byV. S. Achuthanandan
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1952-09-26) 26 September 1952 (age 68)
Kottapuram, Kodungallur, State of Travancore–Cochin
(present day Thrissur, Kerala), India
Political partyCommunist Party of India (Marxist)
Dr. Nata Duvvury
(div. 1996)
  • T. P. Mathew
  • Saramma Mathew
Alma mater
  • Politician
  • Economist

He represented the Alappuzha constituency in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. During his tenure as a member of the Kerala State Planning Board, he was in charge of the Peoples Planning in Kerala. He also served as the Finance Minister of Kerala from 2006 to 2011 and 2016 to 2021.

Personal lifeEdit

The son of T. P. Mathew and Saramma Mathew, Isaac obtained a PhD from the Centre for Development Studies.[3] His PhD thesis is titled Class Struggle and Industrial Structure: A Study of Coir Weaving Industry in Kerala 1859 - 1980.[4] While a student, he became involved in student politics, being involved with the Students Federation of India (SFI), an organisation which is politically linked with the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He has held posts in the SFI at college, district and state level.

Isaac was a professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram and has published a number of articles and books.[5]

Isaac is divorced from his wife Dr. Nata Duvvury [6] who is currently a senior lecturer at National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.[7] They have two daughters; Sara Duvisac, and Dora Duvisac.[8]



  1. Science for Social Revolution: The Experience of Kerala Shastra Sahithya Parishad With B. Ekbal (1989)
  2. Democracy at work in an Indian industrial cooperative: the story of Kerala Dinesh Beedi With Richard W. Franke and Pyaralal Raghavan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 1998
  3. Kalliasseri experiment in local level planning With P. V. Unnikrishnan, T. Gangadharan, Sreekumar Chathopadhya, Lalitha Bhai Sathyan, and Ajay Kumar Varma. Trivandrum: Centre for Development Studies. Monograph Series: Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development.1995
  4. Modernisation and employment: the coir industry in Kerala. With R. A. Van Stuijvenberg and K. N. Nair. Indo-Dutch Studies on Development Alternatives 10. New Delhi: Sage Publications. 1992
  5. Local Democracy and Development: People's campaign for decentralised planning in Kerala with Richard W. Franke. New Delhi: LeftWord Books. 2000
  6. Building Alternatives: The Story of India's Oldest Construction Workers' Cooperative with Michelle Williams. New Delhi: LeftWord Books. 2017.


  1. The Withering Coconut (1985)
  2. Political Economy of Poverty (1985)
  3. Economics Crisis in the Capitalist World (1987)
  4. ABC of Political Economy (1987)
  5. The World Bank and IMF (1988)
  6. Kerala: Land and Man (1988) [Won Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 1989]
  7. Political Economy of Surrender (1992)
  8. Peoples Planning: Theory and Practice (1998)
  9. Peoples Planning: Questions and Answers (1998)
  10. Construction of False Consent : Critique of Malayalam Media 2000 - 2010 (with N. P. Chandrasekharan)


  1. ^ https://www.indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/after-k-m-manis-resignation-kerala-cm-oommen-chandy-to-hold-finance-portfolio/lite/
  2. ^ James, Anu (10 August 2016). "Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac's daughter Sarah to get married in New York". IB Times.
  3. ^ CDS Doctoral Studies 1975-2012. http://cds.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Thesis-List_-Jan2013.pdf
  4. ^ CDS Doctoral Studies 1975-2012. http://cds.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Thesis-List_-Jan2013.pdf
  5. ^ Isaac, T.M. Thomas. "Curriculum Vitae". Centro de Estudos Sociais. Retrieved 15 March 2009. http://www.ces.fe.uc.pt/emancipa/cv/gen/isaac.html
  6. ^ Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac's daughter Sarah to get married in New York. Retrieved 05 March 2017. http://www.ibtimes.co.in/kerala-finance-minister-thomas-isaacs-daughter-sarah-get-married-new-york-689479
  7. ^ People. Retrieved 05 March 2017. http://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/political-science-and-sociology/nataduvvury/
  8. ^ Shri. Dr. T. M. Thomas Isaac. Retrieved 05 March 2017. https://kerala.gov.in/dr-t-m-thomas-isaac