K.P. Unnikrishnan

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K. P. Unnikrishnan
കെ.പി. ഉണ്ണികൃഷ്ണൻ
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
1971 (1971)–1996 (1996)
Preceded byA. Sreedharan
Succeeded byO. Bharathan
Personal details
Born (1936-09-20) 20 September 1936 (age 86)[citation needed]
Coimbatore, Madras Presidency, British India
(present day Tamil Nadu, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress (I)
Amrita Unnikrishnan
(m. 1977)
Alma materMadras Christian College, Chennai
  • Journalist
  • Social worker
  • Writer
As of 23 September, 2006
Source: [1]

K. P. Unnikrishnan (born 20 September 1936) is an Indian former politician, writer, Union Minister and parliamentarian of Vatakara constituency.[1]


K. P. Unnikrishnan was born on 20 September 1936 in a family from Malabar Coast. His father's name was E. Kunhikannan Nair. He was educated at the Madras Christian College, Chennai. He completed his law also from Chennai. He was associated with Socialist Party and Praja Socialist Party during this period. In the 1960s, he joined Indian National Congress and became a member of the All India Congress Committee in 1962.

He used to write articles for the Mathrubhumi and other periodicals as special correspondent. He entered into electoral foray when he first represented Vatakara constituency in 1971 as an Indian National Congress candidate. He remained unbeaten in the next five Lok Sabha polls (1977, 1980, 1984, 1989, 1991) despite switching over to the Indian National Congress (U) in 1980 and later to Indian Congress (Socialist) in 1984.[2] In the period 1981–84, he was the leader of Congress (Secular) in the parliament. In the period 1980–82, he was also a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He had served as the Minister for Telecommunications, Shipping, Surface Transport in the Vishwanath Pratap Singh ministry (1989–90).[3] During his tenure as minister he oversaw the evacuation of Indians during Gulf War.[4][5][6]

His only defeat in the constituency came in 1996. Unnikrishnan later quit active politics, shifted his base to New Delhi and then to his ancestral house at Panniyankara in Kozhikode district, and dedicated himself to reading and writing books.

In 1977, he married Amrita Unnikrishnan. They have two daughters.


  1. ^ "The Stalwarts Who Faded Away". The New Indian Express.
  2. ^ "Who's who: Divergence in diversity". India Today. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Arif Muhammed Khan visits his old friend KP Unnikrishnan". Deccan Chronicle. 15 September 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  4. ^ K. R. Rajeev (9 May 2020). "Foot the bill and bring NRIs home: Ex-Union minister | Kozhikode News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  5. ^ Salil Tripathi DILIP BOBB (30 September 1990). "For thousands of Indians, Gulf crisis becomes a nightmare without end". India Today. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Planning Made Kuwait Airlifting a Success: Ex-Minister". Outlook (India). Retrieved 6 May 2021.