Xavier Arakkal

Xavier Arakkal was an Indian politician from Kerala. He represented Paravur Assembly constituency in 5th Kerala Legislative Assembly. After that he was twice elected to the Indian parliament (Lok Sabha), first in 1980 and then in 1996.

Xavier Arakkal
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byK. V. Thomas
Succeeded bySebastian Paul
In office
Preceded byHenry Austin
Succeeded byK. V. Thomas
Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byK. T. George
Succeeded byA. C. Jose
Personal details
Born(1935-04-16)16 April 1935
Kingdom of Cochin, British India
Died9 February 1997(1997-02-09) (aged 61)
Kerala, India


Xavier Arakkal was born on April 16, 1935, the youngest of Manjummal Arakkal Varghese's six children.[1] He studied at St. Albert's College, Ernakulam, St. Joseph's College, Thrissur and Thevara Secred Hearts College.[1] He then studied in the United States with the help of Archbishop Joseph Attipetti of Verapuzha.[1] He also held a Master of Science in International Relations degree from the University of Chicago, a master's degree from Loyola University[disambiguation needed] and a law degree from the University of London.[1] Xavier stayed in the US and UK till 1970 and returned to India.[2]

After return, Xavier worked as government pleader in Kerala High Court during 1974–77.[2] He held several other positions including convenor of National Forum of Lawyers and Legal Aid and chairman of Kerala Weightlifting Association.[2]

Personal life and deathEdit

While in England, he met and married Jamaican woman Lereice. They have two daughters.[2] He died on February 9, 1997, of kidney failure.

Political careerEdit

Winning the 1977 Kerala Legislative Assembly election, Xavier Arakkal represented Paravur Assembly constituency in 5th Kerala Legislative Assembly as an Indian National Congress candidate.[2] After that he was elected to the Indian parliament (Lok Sabha) in 1980 in Congress ticket.[3] In the 1984 elections after the martyrdom of Indira Gandhi, on the instructions of the then Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Xavier Arakkal was dropped and K. V. Thomas, a lecturer at Thevara College, was nominated.[4][3] Rajiv Gandhi directly called back Xavier, who was about to contest as a rebel candidate.[4]

In 1995 Xavier left Congress and became a follower of left wing politics.[1] In 1996 he was again elected to the Lok Sabha as an independent candidate with the support from Left Democratic Front.[3] He died in 1997, before completing his term as an MP.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "സേവ്യർ അറയ്‌ക്കലിന്റെ വേർപാടിന്‌ കാൽനൂറ്റാണ്ട്‌". Deshabhimani (in Malayalam). Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Legislators of Kerala" (PDF). p. 268.
  3. ^ a b c d Sudhi, K. S. (10 April 2014). "Ernakulam, the ground for political somersaults". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  4. ^ a b rasheed. "എറണാകുളം ഇത്തവണ എങ്ങോട്ട് ചായും?". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd (in Malayalam). Retrieved 14 May 2022.