Rajya Sabha MP from Kerala and former union minister M P Veerendra Kumar passed away at 84 on Thursday, 28th May 2020 following a cardiac arrest. He was the Managing Director of Mathrubhumi and a member of PTI’s Board of Directors.
He was prominent figure in politics, arts and media in Kerala. He was in the forefront in the protests against environmental issues and showed solidarity in the Plachimada struggle against Coca Cola. He is the author of Samanyathinte Vasantham, Buddhante Chiri, Ramante Vasantham, and also wrote many travelogues like Kailasayathra, Haimavathabhoovil, Kailasayathra to name a few.
He was born on July 22, 1936 in Kalpetta, Wayanad. He completed his postgraduation in Philosophy from Vivekananda College, Madras and an MBA from University of Cincinati. He was honoured with over eighty awards and accolades in his career as a writer, CB Kumar Endowment Award, Mahakavi G Smaraka Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Vayalar Award, Balamaniyamma Purskaram, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Gandhi Smriithi Puraskaram to name a few.
Veerendra Kumar had served thrice as the Chairman of Press Trust of India, and at the time of his death was one of the directors in the news agency’s board.