This prominent Indian Politician took office in 2005 as General Secretary of the Communist (Marxist) Party of India. He had previously helped to establish the Students Federation of India (SFI), a youth branch of the Communist Party.
A member of the Malayali ethnic group, he grew up in Burma as the son of a railway worker. In his late childhood, he relocated with his family to India and eventually earned an honors degree in economics from the Madras Christian College. He later received a graduate degree from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland).
A radical and Activist during his youth, he participated in underground circles and was twice arrested.
He married fellow communist Politician