Shri K.P. Prabhakaran, veteran Communist leader, was born as the son of Shri. Paran on 17th September 1926 at Manalur.
Even from his school days he took part in several students agitations as a member of All India Students Federation.
He joined CPI in 1942 and became its active worker. Shri. Prabhakaran participated in several agitations of Chethu Thozhilali Unions, especially in Anthikkad. Besides, he took leading role in the struggle of coir workers at Kandassankadavu in 1955 and participated in Trade Union activities of many industrial concerns in Thrissur District. When the Communist Party was banned, he was engaged in underground activities of the party, and had to spend three and a half years in jail during that time. He was awarded “Thamra Pathram” in 1972 in honour of his active participation in the Freedom Movement during 1942-47.
Shri. Prabhakaran had previously been elected to Travancore –Cochin Legislative Assembly in 1952 from Manalur. He was subsequently elected to KLA in 1977 from Cherpu constituency, and was the Minister for Public Health and Electricity from 18-11-1978 to 7-10-1979 in the P.K. Vasudevan Nair Ministry. In the VIth and VIIth KLA also he was elected as a member from Cherpu constituency as a CPI candidate.
During a long public life, he held several party positions as well. He is a Member of CPI State Executive Committee, AITUC General Council, and Vice-President of KSTUC. He has served as Joint Secretary and later, as President of Anthikkad Chethu Thozhilali Union. He was also Member, Director Board of Thrissur Taluk Toddy Producers’ Societies, Kerala Toddy Workers’ Welfare Fund Board and Thrissur Taluk Co-operative Union. Shri. Prabhakaran also served as the Secretary, Thrissur District Kera Karshaka Sanghom from 1966 to 1981, later becoming its President too.
Smt. K.R. Karthiayani is his wife and they have five sons.
His son Shri. K.P. Rajendran is the leader of the CPI Legislature party in the XI KLA and minister in XII KLA.
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