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Updated: February 21, 2014 13:41 IST

Veteran CPI leader Parvati Krishnan passes away

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Veteran CPI leader Parvati Krishnan. File photo
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Veteran CPI leader Parvati Krishnan. File photo

Parvati was the daughter of Dr. P. Subbarayan, the premier of the then Madras Presidency, and sister of Mohan Kumaramangalam, who later became a Minister in Indira Gandhi’s cabinet.

Senior CPI leader and four-time MP Parvati Krishnan, who was in the forefront of trade union movement in the country, died in Coimbatore on Thursday. She was 94 and is survived by daughter Indirani, a doctor, residing in the US.

She was a member of the central executive committee of CPI and vice-president of the All India Trade Union Congress.

She was elected from Coimbatore Lok Sabha constituency first in 1957. Later she won the by-election held in 1974 and again in 1977. She had also represented the party in the Rajya Sabha once.

Parvati was the daughter of Dr. P. Subbarayan, the premier of the then Madras Presidency, and sister of Mohan Kumaramangalam, a communist leader and barrister who later joined the Congress and became a Minister in Indira Gandhi’s cabinet.

Her eldest brother was late Gopal Kumaramangalam, who was the chairman of the Coal India Ltd., and another brother late Paramasivam Kumaramangalam was the Chief of Army.

“They are the members of the Kumaramangalam Jameen, holding over 5000 acres. When they came to public life, the family distributed the land to the landless poor,” said M. Arumugam, CPI Legislative party leader, who knows her since 1972.

In his condolence message, CPI State secretary D. Pandian said that though she had been born in a rich and celebrated family and studied in western country, she left everything and joined the CPI and spent her life for the cause of the downtrodden of the country.


Remembering ParvathiFebruary 21, 2014

Parvati Krishnan is one of the examples of outstanding politicians and trade unionists. CPI and CPM have betrayed the workers cause and gone to support big capitalists such as Tatas and Ambanis. It is the new generation of communists and youth should take up the cause of Communism and revolution in India.

from:  Satyakumar
Posted on: Feb 23, 2014 at 09:02 IST

We used to live very close to her house in R S Puram Coimbatore and used
to meet her with my grand father who was also a staunch communist. Last
had the fortune of meeting her in Delhi in the early 80s. I also had the
fortune of visiting her brother General P P Kumaramangalam in Hosur
where he had a farm house and my cousin was their immediate neighbour.
Coming from Very illustrious family, the lady was soft spoken and not
like the present day politicians whose only aim is only power and money

Posted on: Feb 22, 2014 at 10:02 IST

Parvathi Krishnan was a great person and the family was a socialist family in the real sense. In fact, Rangrajan Kumaramangalam, who was a member of the Atal Behari Vaypayee cabinet, also belonged to this illustrious family. Rangaji,as he was affectionately called, was the leader of the post & telegraph union.Unfortunately, Rangaji had a untimely death.

from:  Vaidyanathan
Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 at 16:05 IST
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