IMPORTANT PERSONALITIES

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z




JANAKY AMMA.P, JUSTICE

Born on 22 April 1920. Father: Anjattu Kumara Kaimal. Mother: Kunhilekshmy Amma Justice Janaky Amma adorned high positions in the field of law and justice. She came to the field at a time when women from noble families rarely accept this profession. She was an eminent judge and social worker. She started her career as an advocate and later appointed as District Judge. She was appointed as High Court Judge in 1974 as the second women Judge of a High Court. She was the founder President of Nature Cure Association of Eranakulam. She was the first woman Municipal Chairperson of Travancore-Cochin. She passed away on 29 June 2005.




JAYAKUMAR.K.

Born in 1952. Father: Krishnan Nair.M. Mother: Sulochana Devi. K.Jaya Kumar, IAS is a known poet, lyrist, orator and an excellent administrator. He joined IAS in 1978 and now serving as the Chief Secretary to the Goernment of Kerala. He enriched Malayalam films through his meaningful songs. He translated Rabindranatha Tagore's poems and works of Khaleel Jibran into Malayalam.

JOHN ABRAHAM

Born at Kuttanad in Alappuzha District. Father: V.T.Abraham. John Abraham was a celebrated cine director who produced and directed a handful of films classified under neo-realistic films. He was the Gold Medal winner of the Pune Film Institute. He founded Oddessa, a film society, which bring film to the common people. He used to make films out of money collected from poor rural folk and exhibited before them on free of cost. Cheriyachante Kroorakrithyangal, Agraharathil Kazhuthai, Amma Ariyan are some of his films.



JOHN.A.J.

Born on July 18, 1893 at Thalayolaparambu. A.J.John (Anaparambil Joseph John) started career as an advocate. In 1931 he joined congress and became a leader in the freedom struggle. In 1936 he was elected to the Travancore Legislative Assembly from Vaikom. Owing to his leadership in freedom struggle, he was imprisoned two times in 1938. In 1948 he was elected as a member to the Travancore Legislative Assembly and became the Speaker. In 1949 he had sworn in as the Finance Minister. In the elections held on 1951 he was elected from Poonjar constituency and he was chosen as the Chief Minister. Again in 1955 he held the office of the Minister for Finance and Home. He was appointed as the Governor of erstwhile Madras state (Now Tamil Nadu). He died on September 30, 1957.





JOSEPH MUNDASSERY

Born on 1903 July 17. Joseph Mundassery is the personality who marked his footprints in the history of Malayalam literature, education, social and political fields. He was an eminent teacher, renowned literary critic, an outstanding orator, and an able administrator. Joseph Mundassery was the first Education Minister of the Kerala State. On assuming office, he introduced the famous Education Bill in the Kerala Legislative Assembly suggesting radical reformations in the field of education. This bill aggravated communal forces and mangers of private educational institutions, which ultimately led to Vimochana Samaram (liberation struggle) and dismissal of the E.M.S. ministry, the first Communist Government elected through ballot in the world. Joseph Mundassery was the first Vice-Chancellor of the Cochin University of Science & Technology. There are more than 45 literary works at his credit. Kozhinja Elakal is his autobiography. Mattoli, Anthareeksham, Kavyapeedika, Prayanam, Natakantham Kavithwam are some of his works on literary criticism.





JOSEPH.M.C.

Born in 1887. M.C.Jospeh is a known rationalist and leader of rationalism in Kerala. He boldly questioned malevolent rituals, superstitious beliefs and irrational deeds prevalent in the society. He always maintained the belief that reason and logic are the sources of knowledge and truth. He led a life in accordance with logical terms and put into practice what he said in his life. He believed that unification of mankind could be attained through mixed marriages of different castes and classes. This conviction prompted him to form AKhila Kerala Misra Vivaha Sanghom (an association of mixed married couple of the state). He published a magazine titled Yukthivadi to propagate his ideas. Yukthi Prakasanam and Yukthivadi are his two works about rationalism. He died in 1981 and his dead body was given to the Medical College for educational purpose according to his last wish.





JOTHYDEV.K, Dr.

Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev,a research diabetologist is an alumnus of Government Medical College, Trivandrum and Mayo Clinic USA. His outstanding contributions to the field of diabetes include cost effective use of technology in multi disciplinary diabetes care integrating with tele-medicine. His pioneering works in insulin pump therapy, Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Diabetes Tele Management System won him global recognition.(www.jothydev.net). He has numerous scientific publications and presentations to his credit.He is the first speaker from Kerala at the prestigious American Diabetes Association and the International Diabetes Federation. (www.research.jothydev.com)
He is a much sought after speaker and has delivered innumerable lectures for doctors across the world. He reinforces the importance of diabetes awareness and education through more than thousands of television programs and educational articles in several magazines. He is the editor of JDC Diabetes Gems, a monthly internet based free newsletter for doctors, health care professionals and public (www.jothydev.com/newsletter).His diabetes educational video channel www.YouTube.com/jothydev is considered to cover every aspect of diabetes prevention and management. He is the CEO & Director of Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centers at Trivandrum and Kochi and Kesavadev Trust Basic Care Centre at Kumarapuram,Trivandrum. He is also the Managing Trustee of P.Kesavadev Trust, a charity organization working in the best interests of public for diabetes education. Diabscreen Kerala is a project of P. Kesavadev Trust which has completed more than 475 free diabetes detection, awareness and treatment camps, Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev being personally present in every camp delivering interactive educational lectures and treatment for public. (www.diabscreenkerala.net). Diabetes Kerala 2012, the massive diabetes awareness campaign first time ever in the history of Kerala was a well appreciated program of P. Kesavadev Trust supported by International Diabetes Federation. (www.diabeteskerala2012.net).

Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev is the only child of the legendary novelist and social reformer P. Kesavadev and novelist Smt. Seethalekshmi Dev. He lives with wife Ms. Sunitha Jothydev and only son Krishnadev Jothydev at Mudavanmugal,Trivandrum.