A. K. Antony

Arackaparambil Kurian Antony (born 28 December 1940) is the current Defence Minister of India and a Congress party leader.

Early life

A.K. Antony was born in the Cherthala Taluk, Alappuzha district of Kerala. He was raised in a Syrian Catholic family. Antony completed his primary education in Government High school, Cherthala and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from Maharajas College, Ernakulam andBachelor of Law from Government Law College, Ernakulam. His eldest sister is a nun in the Clarists Order.

Political Life

A.K. Antony entered into politics by organising students of Cherthala Taluk (Alleppy District). He came to the public's attention leading the student movements as an activist of Kerala Students Union (KSU). He has been an active leader of many strikes like Oru Ana Samaram (Single Penny Strike). He served as the president of KSU, Youth Congress and KPCC before becoming the AICC General Secretary in 1984. When he became KPCC president he was the youngest person ever to be elevated to that post. He was elected several times to the Congress Working Committee. He still serves as a CWC member. He is in charge of Karnataka state affairs of the Congress Party.

In 2004, He was succeeded by Oommen Chandy as the Chief Minister of Kerala because of factional politics and in-fighting within the Congress Party which led Antony to resign his Chief Ministerial post.

In 2005, A.K. Antony was appointed the Union Cabinet Minister for Defence. He is a member of the Rajya Sabha. Earlier he was the member of the House from 1985 to 91 and 1991 to 1995 and was the Minister for Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution in the Narasimha Rao ministry in the latter period.


There have been tussles in the Congress party regarding who should be the Chief Minister - Antony or K. Karunakaran

The Antony and Karunakaran factions are fierce rivals fighting for the main ministerial berths when they are in power.

As Chief minister of Kerala, he made a statement which was considered anti-minority statement; himself belongs to minority.

As Defense Minister, A. K. Antony announced that middlemen will not be involved in the dealing of arms. This was a decision hailed as a good decision by many as a way to reduce the unnecessary spending incurred in dealing with middle men.


* He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two sons named Anil Kurien Antony and Ajith Paul Antony.
* He has been appointed as the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the All India Congress Committee.

Positions Held

1970 - 1977, 1977 - 1979, 1995 - 1996,1996 - 2001, 2001 - 2005, Member, Kerala Legislative Assembly
2001 - 2005, 1977 - 1978, 1995 - 1996, Chief Minister, Kerala
April 1985 Elected to Rajya Sabha
April 1991 Re - elected to Rajya Sabha
1993 - 1995 Union Cabinet Minister of Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution
1996 - 2001 Leader of Opposition, Kerala Legislative Assembly
May 2005 Elected to Rajya Sabha





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