Freedom Fighters of India
Name : V. K. Krishna Menon
Full Name : Vengalil Krishnan Krishna Menon
Date of birth : 3 May 1897
Date of Death : 6 October 1974
Place of birth : Calicut, Kerala
Place of death : New Delhi
Father : Vengola Komath Krishna Kurup
Mother : Lekshmykutty Amma
Stamp Issue Date : 24/10/1975
V.K. Krishna Menon (1897 - 1974) was an Indian nationalist and politician. Menon was born at in Calicut, Kerala, into the powerful Vengalil family of South India.Menon had his early education in Tellicherry and he took his B.A. degree from Presidency College, Chennai. While studying in the Law College of Madras, he became involved in Theosophy and actively associated with Annie Besant and the Home Rule Movement. He was a leading member of the 'Brothers of Service', founded by Annie Besant who spotted his gifts and helped him travel to England in 1924. In London, Menon pursued further education at the London School of Economics and University College London, and at the same time he became a passionate proponent of India's freedom. In England, he worked hard for Indian independence as a journalist and secretary (1929 - 1947) of the India League, and became associated with fellow Indian nationalist leader Jawaharlal Nehru. After India gained independence in 1947, Menon was appointed high commissioner to the United Kingdom, a post in which he remained until 1952.
Krishna Menon became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1953. On February 3, 1956, he joined the Union Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio. In 1957 he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bombay, and in April of that year he was named minister of defence under Prime Minister Nehru. However, after India's staggering defeat in the Sino-Indian War of 1962, he resigned from office for the country's apparent lack of military preparedness. In 1967 he lost his parliamentary seat but was re-elected in 1969. He passed away on October 6, 1974.
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