Life

N. Sreekantan Nair MA

Born on 15th June 1915 in Trivandrum as the son of late N. Neelakanta Pillai and late Janaki Amma.He had Education at N.S.S English High SchoolChanganacherry,M.G.M High School Thiruvalla, S.B College Changanacherry and Arts College Trivandrum.Took M.A degree in English literature .Joined the Indian National Congress in 1936 and was elected as General Secretary of All Travancore youth league in 1937. Joined the Travancore state congress in 1938 and played a leading part in the struggle for Responsible Government. Arrested and imprisoned on 23rd August 1938 for ‘offences’ of rioting and assaulting police men, and released after two months.

Led the historic strike of Coir Factory workers of Alleppey in 1938. Became a member of all Travancore Congress Committee in 1939. Again sentenced on 1st November 1939 in criminal appeal No 11/115 of session court Alleppey to subsequent imprisonment for three months and fined Rs 50/- in default of which one month further subsequent imprisonment. Was however released on 22nd January 1940 and was detained in karukachal police station lockup under Rule 26 of D.T.R for 19 months from 16th April 1940.Sreekantan Nair suffered imprisonment for 4 ½ years on independence movement. Spent two years in jail during Post Independence Period. Became a member of Travancore state Congress committee in 1945.Resigned membership of working committee of Travancore state Congress on difference of opinion on the question of nationalization of education. Joined the congress socialist party in 1946 and became a member of its organizing committee for Kerala. Resigned from the congress socialist party and organized the Kerala socialist party in 1947 . Joined the Revolutionary Socialist Party of India in 1948 and became the founder of Revolutionary Socialist Party of Kerala, Secretary of Kerala Revolutionary Socialist Party and Member of its central committee.

Married Smt K. Maheswary Amma in 1948 daughter of eminent Freedom Fighter of Travancore Late. K.K Kunchupillai. K.K. Kunchu pillai had been an agile and prominent member of the Freedom movement, the contemporary of Sri. Pattom Thannupillai. K.K Kunchupillai was a lawyer and social worker who died before Independence. Smt Maheswary Amma later turned as an aurdent , selfless social worker and contributed much for the upliftment and welfare of women through Mahilasamajams from 1952. She was later elected to Gramapanchayath Committee and District panchayath committee. Become vice president of Alappuzha District panchayath. She has been awarded several times for her whole hearted commitment for the welfare of women and children. she chaired a large number of committees and Boards in the government . The service rendered by her for 16 years as Chairperson of the Block Development Committee Ambalapuzha is immemorable . They have an adopted daughter M.Naja (daughter) of her sister Late K. Meenakshy Amma , she has one Brother and three Sisters . Maheswary Amma has written a book ‘Mahamerukkalude Nizhalil’ published by D.C Books on 2011,in which she has described the sufferings of a family of Freedom Fighters. A Documentary named “Orikkalum Marikkatha Sathyangal” was released based on her services rendered for the empowerment of women.

Sreekantan Nair was elected to the Lok sabha in 1952 and kerala Legislative assembly from Quilon and Mavelikara constituency and he opted to the parliament. Again elected to Lok sabha from Quilon constituency in 1962, 1967, 1971, and 1977. He was well known as an outstanding labour leader of kerala. The union activities in Plantation of Travancore started by 1940 through the formulation of the All Travancore Estate Workers Union , started its operation in plantations of Kerala in 1950’s under the able and enthusiastic leadership of N.Sreekantan Nair . The UTUC in plantations in that time was made militant to restrict the attack by the Management and Goondas .As a trade union activist , Sreekantan Nair was of great inspiration since he was an exceptional and brave leader who felt the pain of workers. He was known as “Roaring Lion” of the Indian Parliament.

Sreekantan Nair was the President of Quilon Textile Workers Union ,Travancore Tile workers union,Travancore Titanium Workers Union ,Factory Workers Union,Kundara Ceramics,Rubber Plantion Workers Union, Kerala University Teachers, ISRO Mechanical Staff Association, HMT Wrorkers Union Kalamassery, Travancore Dewasom employees union, All Kerala Cashewnut Factory Workers Union, Rubber Plantation Workers Union etc. He was the National President of UTUC from 1955. Vice president of Akhila Kerala Navika Thozhilali Sangam. He held presidentship of somany Trade Unions in the State.As a Trade Union Leader he has visited China,Malaya, Singapore and Russia during 1953 again visited Russia in 1957.

He was a Member of Kerala University Senate and Syndicate, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation,Board of Directors of Kerala Premo Pipe Factory Chavara.His valuable contribution as a member of Atomic Energy, Space and Electronics Consultative Committee is worth mentioning.

He held the position of ‘’Patron ‘’ of kerala sahithya Academy and worked as a Member of Editorial Board of Academy Publication Sahithya Lokam.His famous books are My Mother, Vanchikkapetta venadu, Kazhinja kala chithrangal (3 volume) , Chalo Delhi. His English translation of Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillais “ Kayar” was printed and published by Kendra Sahithya Academy .He was an active player of volley Ball , Basket Ball, Football and Tennis.

His adventours, self less service in the Trade Union as well as Political field is uncomparable and continued until his unexpected demise on 20th July 1983 at the age of sixty eight.N.Sreekantan Nair is an outstanding Political and Trade Union Leader. The story of his life is one of unending struggle and sacrifice.Patriotism and idealism are the strength of his character.