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Paravoor T. K. Narayana Pillai

(1890 – 1971) – (Kerala)

Paravoor Thazhathuveettil Krishnan Kartha Narayana Pillai (Aged 81) born on March 25, 1890, was an Indian freedom fighter during the British Raj in India and a member of the Indian National Congress (INC), which fought against British rule in India. He was commonly known as Parur TK and was the last Prime Minister of Travancore and the first Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin at the time of its formation in 1949.

In 1924, Parur TK became the taluk president of the Indian National Congress (INC), North Parur unit. He went on to become the Travancore-Cochin secretary of the INC in 1932 and its president in 1938. He was a founding member of the Travancore State Congress. In 1939, Parur TK was arrested along with several other leaders for their allegations against the Diwan of Travancore C. P. Ramaswami Iyer and was held until they withdrew the allegations.

In 1948, Parur TK became the president of the Aikya Thiruvithamcore-Cochin Grandhasala Sanghom, a group that promoted public libraries in Travancore and Cochin. On October 22, 1948, he became the second and last Prime Minister of Travancore. His government took large-scale measures to suppress the communist movement that was gaining strength in the state and organizing riots against feudal lords.

The next year, he became the first Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin after the new state was created by merging the princely states of Cochin and Travancore. Parur TK retired from politics and devoted his time to writing. He was bedridden for a few years with arthritis until his death, which occurred on June 23, 1971.