K. M. Mani

K. M. Mani

name = K. M. Mani

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birth_place =Marangattupilly, Kerala
residence = Palai, Kerala
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party =Kerala Congress (M)
religion = Roman Catholic
spouse = Kuttiyamma
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Karinkozhakkal Mani Mani (K. M. Mani) is an Indian politician and the leader of Kerala Congress (M), one of the factions of the Kerala Congress. He holds the records of having presented the maximum number of eight budgets in the Kerala Legislative Assembly as Finance Minister. He holds the distinction of being the longest serving minister in the Government of Kerala and having continuously represented from Palai legislative constituency since its inception. [cite web |url=http://www.hindu.com/2006/04/15/stories/2006041507900500.htm |title=Mani leads the fight from the front |publisher=The Hindu Online]

Early life

He was born to Thomas Mani and Aleyamma Mani in 1933 at Marangattupilly village in Kottayam district of Kerala and is married to Kuttiyamma. They have a son and five daughters. His son Jose K Mani, who contested unsuccessfully from the Muvattupuzha parliament constituency in 2004. Mani practiced as a lawyer before entering into politics as an active member of Indian National Congress.

Political career

He was elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1965 from the Palai Assembly Constituency (now PALA) Constituency of Kottayam district, and since then he won all the ten elections that followed in 1967, 1970, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006. He was minister for Home Affairs (April 1977 to September 1978 and again from October 1978 to July 1979), Finance and Law (January 1980 - October 1981, December 1981-March 1982 and again from May 1982-March 1982-March 1986), Irrigation and law(1987), Revenue and Law(1987), Revenue and Law (June 1991 to March 1996),Revenue and Law(2001 to 2006). He has never lost an election to the Legislative Assembly.

In the faction ridden Kerala Congress, Mani is accued by political foes as having engineered many a split in the party. He is also famous for describing the Kerala Congress as a party "which splits as it grows and grows as it splits".

In his tenure as being a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), he is second only to K.R. Gowri Amma.


He advocates 'toiling class' theory which is for the liberation and upliftment of lower middle class through prograssive reforms and taxation policy. His 'toiling class' theorgy negates 'class struggle' whereas it stands for 'class collabration' Accoridng to Mani, 'toiling class' theory is an alternative to socialism and capitalism. In a recent seminar organised by Centre for Reform and Research, he stated that "left parties cannot resist global changes". [cite web |url=http://www.hindu.com/2008/01/26/stories/2008012656810800.htm |title=Left parties cannot resist global changes, says Mani |publisher=The Hindu Online]

He is the author of "Fiscal Problems of Kerala-Causes and Remedial Measures", "The People's Socialism" and "The Eighth Five Year Plan-An alternative approach". [cite web |url=http://www.niyamasabha.org/codes/min15.htm |title=(former) Minister for Revenue & Law |publisher=Kerala Niyamasabha]


Further read

[http://sify.com/news/politics/fullstory.php?id=14172873 K M Mani, the holder of many records] (published by sify.com)

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