Early life of Vayalar Ravi
Vayalar Ravi was born on 1937 to Shri M.K. Krishnan and Shrimati Devaky Krishnan at Vayalar, Distt. Alappuzha (Kerala) in a middle class family. His father was a veteran freedom fighter, a social activist who fought against untouchability and served as Secretary of SNDP Taluka Committee for a long period. His mother was a prominent political congress leader of Kerala. She was the President of Kerala State Mahila Congress. She contested elections in the citadel of communists since 1960. Vayalar Ravi studied at S.D. College, Alappuzha, Maharajas College, Ernakulam and Law College, Ernakulam and gained B.A., M.A., and B.L degrees.
Political Career of Vayalar Ravi
Vayalar Ravi is a member of Indian National Congress. The positions that he held throughout his political career are:
He has also served as former President, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (I); prominent trade union leader; President, (i) Cochin Port Staff Association, (ii) Cochin Thuramukha Thozhilali Union and (iii) Cochin Port Wharf Staff Association (C.P.W.S.A.); Founder Leader, Kerala Students' Union, the pioneer student movement in 1957; was in charge, Students Wing of All India Congress Committee (A.I.C.C.) and organized National Students' Union of India (N.S.U.I.); was Convener, State Youth Congress in 1965; was General Secretary, Indian Youth Congress; Member, (i) A.I.C.C. since 1967, (ii) Congress Working Committee in 1972 and (iii) Indian Delegations to U.N.; General Secretary, A.I.C.C.
He was appointed as the Union Cabinet Minister for Overseas Affairs on January 30, 2006. He was given the responsibility of Ministry of Civil Aviation on January 19, 2011. He resigned from the post after Ajit Singh Chaudhary succeeded him.
Personal Life of Vayalar Ravi
Vayalar Ravi married Shrimati Mercy Ravi on 9th June 1969. The couple has two daughters and one son. Mercy Ravi died on September 5, 2009 as she was suffering from a kidney failure.