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V. K. Krishna Menon

Indian Politician
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Net worth 2018: $950,000
Residence: Kozhikode, Kerala
Country: Indian
BirthDay: 3 May 1896
Sigh: Gemini
Died On: October 6, 1974
BIOGRAPHY

V. K. Krishna Menon was bornon 3 May 1896 in Kozhikode, Kerala, Indian, is Indian Politician. Brilliant, astute, and point blank, V.K. Krishna Menon was undoubtedly one of the most successful yet aggressive diplomats and statesmen from India. He served at several top positions as the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s close political confidante. The power he held was so immense that it is no surprise that the ‘Time’ magazine called him the second most powerful man in India, after the then Prime Minister Nehru himself! Such was the power he commanded. He was very outspoken and did not think twice before uttering politically incorrect comments if he felt he was right. He was often seen as a bold champion for India in the Western world where he left no opportunity to speak up and defend his motherland. A highly intelligent and hard working man, he had served as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and as the country’s Defence Minister. As a young man he had been an active participant in India’s independence movement and had launched the India League in London to garner support for the cause. A headstrong person deeply devoted to his country, he dedicated his entire life to the services of the nation.

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1971

In 1971 parliamentary election, Menon contested from the constituency of Trivandrum, in his homestate of Kerala, and won the election

1969

In 1969, Menon contested the parliamentary election as an independent from constituency of Midnapore in West Bengal and won it

1967

In 1967, he resigned from the Congress and contested the parliamentary elections as an independent, after he was denied the party ticket from the North east Bombay constituency on the grounds that he was a non-Maharashtrian

1962

After India’s defeat to China in the 1962 Indo-China War, Menon’s role was severely criticized and he was forced to tender his resignation

1957

He delivered an eight-hour speech at the United Nation’s Security Council on 23 January 1957 defending India’s stand on Kashmir

1953

He became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1953 and joined the Union Cabinet in 1956 as Minister without Portfolio

1952

He was made the leader of the Indian delegation to the United Nations in 1952

1950

He was been against nuclear weapons and passionately opposed their proliferation throughout the 1950s by collaborating with Bertrand Russell

1947

Menon became the high commissioner to the United Kingdom in 1947 after India gained independence

1944

Pancras Arts and Civil Council in 1944 and was made the chairman of the Education and Public Library Committee the next year

1939

He was being prepared to be nominated as a candidate from the Dundee Parliamentary constituency in 1939 but the plan was derailed

1935

He took his career in publishing further by also working with the Penguin and Pelican Books in 1935

1930

He began his career in the 1930s as an editor for ‘Bodley Head’ and ‘Twentieth Century Library’

1924

In 1924, Annie Besant helped him to go to London for his higher studies at the University College, London after which he went to the London School of Economics

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