Son of Shri. C.K. Shivarama Panikkar and Ammukuttyamma; born at Manacaud in Thiruvananthapuram on September 4, 1942; B.A., B.Ed.
Entered politics through Students Federation; He was a teacher earlier and resigned the profession for joining fulltime politics. Jailed in connection with Job or Jail agitation. Served as District Leader of Students Federation; Secretary of the A.I.S.F.; State General Secretary of AITUC; CPI State secretariat member; Office bearer of various trade unions in the state; now serving as CPI State executive member; CPI National council member, AITUC All India Vice President. Visited seven countries and Published a travelogue- Nirangalude China.