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R. Sankar (1909–1972)
R Shankar was the third Chief Minister of Kerala during the period 1962 -1964. He also served as deputy Chief Minister in Ministry of Pattom Thanu Pillai, during 1960 - 1962.
He was born to He was born to Raman and Kunchali Amma on 30th April1909 in Kuzhikkalidavaka village, Kottarakkara. He completed his formal education in the Primary School, Puthur and later continued in an English School in Kottarakkara. He earned degree in Chemistry and worked as a school teacher for a short period of time. After that He went for getting degree in Law from Thiruvananthapuram Law College and practiced as a lawyer in Kollam District Court. Later he became General Secretary of KPCC. He was also the General Secretary of the SNDP Yogam for 10 years and served as President for one year. He was also the editor of a newspaper called Dinamony. He was married to Smt. Lakshmikutty Amma and had one son and one daughter.
Political life of R. Sankar
R. Shankar stated his public life as a teacher and lawyer. He turned to politics with the birth of the Indian National Congress in Kerala State . Sankar emerged as a political leader during the end of the Nivarthana agitation. He was also participated in the freedom struggle and was arrested and put in jail. After India's independence he focused to strengthen the Congress party. Later, took a break from the Congress party and began to work with the SNDP Yogam and his work helped to bring backward class communities into the fold of the Congress party. He served SN Trust and held positions such as General Secretary, President and Chief of the SN Trust. Under his leadership the SNDP Yogam gave emphasis to the field of education and started many educational institutions.
In 1948, he was elected to the Travancore Assembly and also became a member of the Travancore-Cochin Assembly from 1949 to 1956. R.Sankar was a member of the Constituent Assembly and also a member of the Franchise and Delimitation Commission and the Reforms Committee constituted after the introduction of the Responsible Government. He became the leader of the Congress party as KPCC President during the period of Vimochana Samaram(Liberation Struggle).
In 1960 the Congress party won the elections and R. Shankar appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister in the Pattom Thanu Pillai ministry. During 1960-1962, He held the position Finance portfolio. When Pattom Thanu Pillai was appointed as Governor, R Sankar became the Chief Minister of Kerala from 26th September 1962 to 10th September 1964.
During the Period 1960-1964 he served as the Chairman of the Committee of Privileges. to 1964. R. Sankar died at the age of 63 on 6th November 1972.