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N. Sreekantan Nair

Born July 15, 1915
Died July 20, 1983
Political party Revolutionary Socialist Party
Spouse(s) MaheshwariAmma
Children Naja (D)

N. Sreekantan Nair was a Politician, Freedom Fighter, Trade Unionist and Writer.


Early life

He was born to Sri. N. Neelakanta Pillai M.A., a writer of Malayalam and Smt.JanakiAmma in July 15, 1915 as their only son. He married Smt.Maheshwari Amma, Socio, Cultural & Political Activist and daughter of Freedom Fighter Shri.K.K. Kunju Pillai. They have a daughter Naja.


Sreekantan Nair passed his S.S.L.C. from M.G.M High School, Thiruvalla in the year 1932. He joined the Changanassery St.Berkman College where he completed his Intermediate in 1934. He passed his B.A.(Hons.) degree in English with First Class from Maharajas College (now University College,Trivandrum) in 1937.

Political life

He is one of the Founder member of the State Congress in the erstwhile state of Travancore, Founder of the Kerala Socialist Party which later merged into the Revolutionary Socialist Party. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in the General Elections of 1952 from Quilon cum Mavelikara constituency but was defeated in the 1957 elections by V. P. Nair but won the four consecutive elections there after (1962, 1967, 1971, 1977) representing Kollam Parliament Constituency. The whole of his political life was devoted towards the founding of the trade union sector in Kerala


He was not only a Political leader but also a prolific writer. He took a Major task of translating the most accomplished book 'Kayar'(Coir)of Jnanpith winner Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai into English. He was the Director board member of the Sahithya Pravarthaka Saharkarna Sanghom and Member of Kerala Sahitya Akademi.

Major works

  • Ithuthanne Marxism
  • Aikya Keralam
  • Vanchikkapetta Venad
  • Ente Amma
  • My Mother ( Translation of Ente Amma to English)
  • Maotse Tung Vansai
  • Kazhinjakala Chithrangal (3 volumes)
  • Sahithya Salakangal


  • Coir (English) (Translation of Kayar by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai)
  • Chalo Delhi (Malayalam)(Translation of Road to Delhi by M.Sivaram)


  • Vekthiyum Prasthanavum Biography on him written by Navaikulam Sukumaran Nair

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