Father - PM Alexander, was one of the first degree holders in Kollam , served as Head Master in different schools in Kollam. Hailed from Iravipuram, from a family of contractors specialized in the construction of dams and bridges. Baby’s paternal grandfather, Marian Contractor, was the Chief Contractor of the Pechipara Dam near Nagarkoil. Shri P M Alexander, did not inherit any ancestral assets or own any wealth due to his own personal ethics.
Lilly Alexander, housewife, hailed from Prakkulam Aradan Family.
They had 8 children. Baby is the eighth. Four of them died at their early childhood.
Lost his father when he was studying in the 7th standard.
Was active in student organization activities from school days.
Used to be an altar boy in the church. Works of rationalists like Kuttippuzha Krishna Pillai, M C Joseph and translations of Bertrand Russell transformed him into a Rationalist. However his rationalism respects humanist values in each religion. Does not practice any religious rituals. Is an atheist.
Had to experience severe police and goonda brutality during college days and during the internal emergency period, when the Central Govt under Mrs Indira Gandhi abrogated all democratic rights and civil liberties of people and muzzled the press
Following the murder of President Allende, organized protest demonstration against the role of CIA, in the Coup D’ etat in Chile.
Elected to the Central Executive Committee of SFI as its youngest member at an age
of nineteen, during the second All India Conference of SFI at Calcutta.
1,2,3 SFI Elected as the Kerala State President of SFI at the Trivandrum SFI
Participated in the CPIM Kerala State Camp at Calicut. Due to the declaration of Emergency, proceedings of it was abruptly concluded with a speech of EMS.
Organised student conventions at Kannur and Kollam with AKG’s participation.
Organised signature campaign among students demanding student union election in colleges. As a result of this, from 1976 onwards, indirect student union elections have been introduced in college campuses.
Organised solidarity programme with students and people of South Africa following the brutal massacre of students in Soweto,
Organised solidarity campaign with the fighting comrades of Vietnam.
Organised two underground study camps for the SFI cadres at Trivandrum and Calicut, led by EMS.
As part of the underground activities during emergency period, participated in the
SFI Conference at Trichur.
Elected to the CPI(M) District Committee, Kollam.
Participated in the international festival of youth and students organized by WFDY
(World Federation Of Democratic Youth) and International Union of Students ( IUS )
in Hawana, Cuba along with Prakash Karat, Bimen Basu, Manik Sarkar, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, T P Dasan, Vivan Sundaram, Ramu Kariyat, Mullappilly Ramachandran, Indrani Mazumdar, Ashok Lata Jain and others.
Elected as the All India President of SFI, during the third SFI All India Conference
at Patna. Headquarters of work was shifted to Delhi.
Elected as the DYFI All India Jt Secretary, from the Calicut DYFI All India
Elected as the Kerala State Committee Member CPI(M) at its Ernakulam State
MP Rajya Sabha – first term. Was one of the youngest Rajya Sabha Members and was also on the panel of Chairmen in Rajya Sabha.
DYFI All India President from the Chennai All India Conference.
Elected to the Central Committee of CPI(M), at the Trivandrum Party
Founded Swaralaya, along with some like-minded friends.
(Swaralaya is a fraternity which promotes classical music and dance art forms)
MP Rajya Sabha – second term
Chairman – Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation.Gave a report suggesting changes in Statute Book ensuring gender justice.
CPI(M) Central Secretariat Member.
Had been one of the General Secretaries of AIPSO.
(All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation).
CPI(M) State Secretariat Member from Palakkad Conference. Was dropped from the Central Secretariat.
Was a member of the delegation of Parliamentarians to the UN General Assembly and had an opportunity to address from the UN General Assembly Hall.
2006 May - Elected as the Member of Legislative Assembly
from Kundara Assembly Constituency
Sworn in as the Minister for Education & Culture, Govt. of Kerala
Elected to the PB at the Calicut Party Congress.