E. Ahamed


E. Ahamed
The portrait of the Minister of State for Railways, Shri E. Ahammed.jpg
Ahamed in 2014
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
16 May 2009 – 1 February 2017
Preceded byoffice established
Succeeded byPK Kunhalikutty
In office
Preceded byG. M. Banatwala
Succeeded byE. T. Mohammed Basheer
Minister of State for External Affairs
In office
23 May 2004 – 26 May 2014
Succeeded byVijay Kumar Singh
Personal details
Born(1938-04-29)29 April 1938
Cannanore, Madras Presidency, British India
(now Kannur, Kerala, India)
Died1 February 2017(2017-02-01) (aged 78)
Delhi, India
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
Political party Indian Union Muslim League
Spouse(s)Zuhara Ahamed
Children2 sons and 1 daughter
Alma materGovernment Brennen College, Thalassery

Edappakath Ahamed[1] (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).

Personal life

E. Ahamed was born on 29 April 1938 in a 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 has authored 4 books in English and Malayalam.

Ahamed's wife Zuhara died in a car accident in 1999. He has two sons and a daughter.[2] His son Ahamed Rayees is an educationalist and serves as the President of Muscat Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre, which is a frontal organization of Indian Union Muslim League. He is also serving as President of Indian School Al Ghubra in Oman.[3]

Political life

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. He was 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 Indira Gandhi. Ahamed has performed Hajj seven times - five times as Member of Government of India Haj Goodwill Delegation.[4]

Minister in different ministries

Sl No. Head of the Ministry Period Portfolio
1 K. Karunakaran 1982 – 1987 Industries (Kerala Legislative Assembly)
2 Manmohan Singh 17 May 2004 – 24 May 2014 External affairs, Railways, HRD (state)


Ahamed was admitted on 31 January 2017 at Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest in a joint session of Parliament, 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.[5][6][4] 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, P. K. Kunhalikutty got elected in the election held on April 2017.[7]

Lok Sabha
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Manjeri

1991 – 2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Ponnani

2004 – 2009
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of Parliament
for Malappuram

2009 – 2017
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Leader of the Indian Union Muslim League Party in the 16th Lok Sabha
Succeeded by


  1. ^ http://www.archive.india.gov.in/govt/loksabhampbiodata.php?mpcode=10
  2. ^ "Former Union Minister E Ahmed passed away". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ Indian School Al Ghubra Oman
  4. ^ a b "Kerala MP E Ahamed Dies After Suffering Heart Attack in Parliament".
  5. ^ "Former Minister E Ahamed Dies After Suffering Cardiac Arrest".
  6. ^ "E Ahamed Passed News Indian MP E Ahamed Funeral Video, Controversies". 1 February 2017.
  7. ^ Malappuram Election Result

External links

  • Members of Fourteenth Lok Sabha - Parliament of India website
  • Official website
  • http://www.mea.gov.in/Speeches-Statements.htm?dtl/20451/Opening+Statement+by+Honble+Minister+of+State+for+External+Affairs+Shri+E+AHAMED+at+the+plenary+of+the+PostForum+Dialogue+Partners+meeting+at+Rarotonga+Cook+Islands