|Name A. Menon|
Education University of Madras
Ambat Ravunni Menon (1886-1960), popularly known as Dr. A. R. Menon, was an Indian National Congress politician and a doctor from Thrissur City in Kerala, India. He was the first Minister of Health in Kerala Legislature and the Chairman of Thrissur Municipality. He was the first MLA from Thrissur Assembly Constituency to Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1957.
Menon was born on 6 April 1886 in Chittoor, then a part of the erstwhile Kingdom of Kochi and currently in Palakkad district. He completed school, college and medical education with high marks. He was active in social field even while continuing his practice as a doctor. He always kept his interest in people's interests from a young age.
He was a member of Cochin Legislative Assembly from 1925 to 1945. During this period, he was the Minister for Rural Development for five years. He also served as the Chairman of Thrissur and Palakkad municipalities. He was also a member of Madras University Senate and A.T.C.C.
Menon later resigned from Congress, and contested as an Independent candidate. After the formation of Travancore-Cochin state, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1954. In the elections which followed the formation of the current Kerala state, he was elected from Thrissur constituency by defeating K. Karunakaran, then a Trade Union (INTUC) leader, who later grew up as a stalwart politician, and served as the Chief Minister of Kerala. He was one of the three Independent members in the first elected Communist Ministry in Asia headed by E. M. S. Namboothirippad, along with V. R. Krishna Iyer and Joseph Mundassery.
Menon was re-elected to the Legislative Assembly in the second Legislative Assembly elections in 1960 from the erstwhile Parali constituency. He died in office on 9 October 1960 aged 74 after multiple health issues. He was cremated with full state honours in his home premises.