Shri Edappakath Ahamed (29 April 1938 – 1 February 2017) was an Indian politician who served as Minister of State for External Affairs in the Manmohan Singh government (2004–14). He represented the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency of Kerala and was the National President of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).
On 31 January 2017, he suffered a cardiac arrest during the President’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament. He was admitted critically in ICU in RML Hospital at Capital. On 1 February 2017, the hospital officially announced his death at 2.15 am (IST).
Edappakath Ahamed was born on 29 April 1938 in a wealthy merchant family in Kannur, as the son of Abdul Khader Haji and Edappakath Nafeesa. After completing his studies, he graduated from Government Brennen College, Thalassery, Kerala and later obtained a law degree from the Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1967, 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1987. From 1982 to 1987, he served as Cabinet Minister for Industries, Government of Kerala.
From 1971 to 1977, Ahamed was the Founding Chairman of the Kerala State Rural Development Board. From 1979 to 1980 he was the Executive Chairman of the Kerala State Small Scale Industries Development Corporation. From 1981 to 1983 he was the Chairman of the Municipal Council in Kannur, Kerala.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009. During 2004 -2009, he served as the Minister of State for External Affairs. From April 2009 to January 2011, he was Minister of State for Railways. He assumed charge again as Minister of State of External Affairs on 24 January 2011. Ahamed also held the additional charge of the Ministry of Human Resource Development from July 2011 to October 2012.
Ahamed was the National President of the Indian Union Muslim League from 2008 till his death in 2017. During his tenure in the Parliament, he has been a member of several parliamentary committees including External Affairs, Railways, Civil Aviation and Tourism, Public Undertakings, Science and Technology, Environment and Forests. Ahamed was also the Chairman of the Government Assurance Committee. Nominated by the Government of India as Co-Chairman for the High Level Monitoring Mechanism (HLMM) between India and Qatar in November 2011.
Ahamed widely travelled and has represented India in the United Nations 10 times between 1991 and 2014. In 1984, he was sent to GCC countries as an Emissary of the then Prime Minister late Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Ahamed has performed Hajj seven times - five times as Member of Government of India Haj Goodwill Delegation. He has also authored 4 books in English and Malayalam.
Ahamed was admitted on 31 January 2017 at Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest while both houses of parliament were being jointly addressed by President Pranab Mukherjee. He was shifted to the RML trauma centre's ICU where he was put on ventilator. He died in the early hours on 1 February 2017 at the hospital. Ahamed's wife Zuhara died in a car accident in 1999. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. He was buried with full state honours at Kannur City Juma Masjid Qabarstan.The election held on the constituency in which E Ahamed was the MP, PK Kunhalikutty got elected in the election held on April 2017