M. P. Veerendra Kumar

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M. P. Veerendra Kumar
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
23 March 2018 (2018-03-23) – 28 May 2020 (2020-05-28)
Succeeded byM. V. Shreyams Kumar
In office
3 April 2016 (2016-04-03) – 20 December 2017 (2017-12-20)
Preceded byT. N. Seema
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
2004 (2004)–2009 (2009)
Preceded byK. Muraleedharan
Succeeded byM. K. Raghavan
In office
1996 (1996)–1998 (1998)
Preceded byK. Muraleedharan
Succeeded byP. Sankaran
Personal details
Born(1936-07-22)22 July 1936 [1]
Wayanad, Kerala, India
Died28 May 2020(2020-05-28) (aged 83) [2]
Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Political partyLoktantrik Janata Dal
(from 24 March 2018)
Other political
Janata Dal (United)
(till 20 December 2017),
Socialist Janata (Democratic),
Janata Dal (Secular)
  • M. K. Padmaprabha Goudar
  • Marudevi Avva
Alma mater
As of 23 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Maniyankode Padmaprabha Veerendra Kumar (22 July 1936 — 28 May 2020) was an Indian politician, writer and journalist, who was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. He was a member of the Loktantrik Janata Dal political party and president of the Kerala state branch of the party. He was also the chairman and managing director of the Malayalam daily newspaper Mathrubhumi.


Veerendra Kumar was born on 22 July 1936 to Marudevi Avva and M. K. Padmaprabha Goudar, a leader of Socialist Party and former MLA, in Kalpetta. The eldest of their eight children, he had six younger sisters and a younger brother. After schooling in Kalpetta and Kozhikode, he did his master's in philosophy from the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College.

As a politician, he was treasurer and a national committee member of the former Samyukta Socialist Party, state secretary of the Kerala Unit of the Socialist Party, one of the all India secretaries of the former Socialist Party, convener of the Opposition Co-ordination Committee in Kerala, vice president of the former Janata Party, and its president. He was arrested during The Emergency. From 1987–91 he was a member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. Later, in 1996 he was elected to the Lok Sabha, lower house of the Parliament of India from Kozhikode constituency and served as Union Minister of State for Finance in Deve Gowde Ministry from 21 February 1997 to 7 June 1997. He also served as Union Minister of State for Labour (Independent charge) with additional charges as Minister of State, Urban Affairs & Employment (Independent charges) and Parliamentary Affairs in I.K.Gujral Ministry from 10 June 1997 to March.

He died on 28 May 2020 due to cardiac arrest at Kozhikode in Kerala.[3] He was aged 83 when he died, and was suffering from many age-related illnesses. He was cremated with full state honours at the premises of his ancestral home in Kalpetta. He is survived by his daughters Asha, Nisha and Jayalakshmi, son M.V. Sreyamskumar (Also a politician, currently serving as the Managing Director of Mathrubhumi), and many grandchildren. Usha Veerandrakumar, his wife, too outlived for two years, dying on 28 October 2022.


His works as an author include:

  • Samanwayathinte Vasantham
  • Buddhante Chiri
  • Gattum Kanacharadukalum
  • Atmavilekkoru Theerthayathra
  • Prathibhayute Verukal Thedi
  • Changampuzha: Vidhiyute Vettamrigam
  • Thirinjhunokkumbol
  • Lokavyapara Samkhadanayum Oorakkudukkukalum (Gattinu Seshamulla Oranweshanam)
  • Roshathinte Vithukal
  • Adhinivesathinte Adiyozhukukal
  • Hymavathabhoovil
  • Ramantedhukkam
  • Vivekanandan: Sanyasiyum Manushyanum



  1. ^ https://amp/s/theprint.in/india/born-comrade-with-feudal-roots-veerendra-kumar-had-one-last-wish-united-socialist-party/431732/%3famp
  2. ^ "Profile : M P Veerendra Kumar".
  3. ^ "എം പി വീരേന്ദ്രകുമാർ എം പി അന്തരിച്ചു".
  4. ^ "Minister calls for schemes to promote khadi". The Hindu online. 14 May 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Veerendra Kumar, Nanjil Nadan among Sahitya Akademi winners". The Hindu. 21 December 2010. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Kozhikode

1996 – 1998
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Kozhikode

2004 - 2009
Succeeded by

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