Born to Paranganat Raman and Parvathi Amma on 7.10.1934 in an agricultural family at village Ellvally in Trichur district of Kerala, P R Krishnan had primary education in Vaduthala L P School and Parakkad L P School. He landed in Mumbai in the year 1950.
During the 50’s he worked in some hotels, mills and factories. While working, he studied in the night school run by the Bombay Keraleeya Saksharata Prachara Sabha. Initially, it was in the social, cultural and educational fronts of the Keralites that Krishnan began working. He became a card-holder of the Communist Party of India in September 1953, at the age of 18. During this period he participated and was in the forefront of a number of agitations and struggles. He chose the working class movement for his political and trade union work. During 1960 to 1964 he was a member of AITUC Maharashtra State Committee. He played an important role in the formation of CPI (M) in Maharashtra and is its Bombay Committee member from its inception in 1964. His role in the formation of CITU in Maharashtra is equally significant. He is Secretary of CITU’s Maharashtra State Committee from 1974. He is also the President of Bombay Committee of CITU since its formation. In addition, he was Vice President of Goa State committee of CITU for 9 years. He has been a member of the All India General Council of CITU for 20 years. During the past 62 years in Mumbai, Krishnan has worked in different capacities in the social, cultural, literary, educational, political, trade union and legal fields. As a labour law practitioner he has more than 1200 reported judgments to his credit.
He took active part in the movement for reorganisation of States on linguistic basis, and got arrested in the agitation for Samyukta Maharashtra. He was also an active participant in the movement for liberation of Goa-Diu-Daman, Pondicherry and Mahe.
He was twice Member, V K Krishna Menon Election Campaign Committees. He was also the Election programme coordinator in Mahrashtra for Justice V R Krishna Iyer when he was the Presidential Candidate against R Venkataraman in 1987. He has been the Bombay correspondent of People’s Democracy, the mouth peace of CPI (M) since 1974. He is also the Maharashtra correspondent for Working Class, the official organ of CITU and contributes to other journals on contemporary issues.
He participated in many anti-imperialist and trade union related International Conferences abroad as CITU representative, in Czechoslovakia (1981), Thailand (1985), Cuba (1994), Vietnam (1997), Spain (2004) and Sri Lanka (2006).
He was in the Organizing Committees and office-bearer of many All-India Conferences held in Maharashtra, like All-India Conference of CITU in 1975 and 1987, 2nd All-India Conference of Student Federation of India (SFI) (1981), 2nd All-India Conference of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) (1982), 31st All-India Kisan Sabha Conference (2005), He was also a Member, Organising Committee and the Publicity Committee of World Social Forum (2004).
He was a Founder member, Bombay Labour Law Practitioners’ Association, twice elected as member of the Managing Committee and twice as Vice President; Member, State Advisory Contract Labour Board, Government of Maharashtra for 5 years; Member of Maharashtra Government Legal Aid Committee for five years; Member, Central Advisory Board on Workmen’s Compensation Act (Central Government); Member, Committee for Simplification of Labour Laws, constituted by the State Industrial and Investment Corporation of Maharashtra (SICOM), and Member, Industrial Relations Joint Committee, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 5 years, and twice member of the Adalat constituted by the Industry and Labour Department, Government of Maharashtra, for settlement of industrial disputes.
He was Guest Lecturer, Maharashtra Institute of Labour Studies, Government of Maharashtra, and National Institute of Fashion Technology, Government of India.
He is a Director of Kerala Non Resident Keralites Welfare Board of Government of Kerala. In a survey conducted by `Malayala Manorama’ in 1986, he was ranked as one of the `Prominent Malayalees Outside Kerala’. In a survey undertaken by `Jwala’, a Malayalam magazine in January 2000, he was ranked as one of the prominent figures amongst the 20th Century Malayalees outside Kerala. He is also a Communist functionary honoured by Comrade B T Ranadive Memorial Trust in Maharashtra (1998).
He led underground life during anti-Communist clamp-down by the Government (1965-66) and was imprisoned under Defence of India Rules (1966-67) for 1½ years. But prior to that, his tenement at Bandra came to be confiscated by Government as a vindictive measure because he was underground.
P R Krishnan has already published three books so far, two in Malayalam and one in English., apart from co-authoring a book on “Survey of Pay Packets in Mumbai-Thane Region”: (i) Atichamarthalum Cheruthunilpum, Olivile Lekhanangal (Malayalam] [Oppression & Resistance – Writings of Underground Days]; (ii) Olimangaatha Ormakal, Oru Pravasiyude Viplavajeevitha Smaranakal (Malayalam] [Unfading Memories of a Revolutionary Migrant] and (iii) Milestones Revisited (English). His fourth book Flames From Battlefields (English) is under print.
Family – Wife: Sathyabhama, Children: Premkumar, Shaju, Sindhu
Address: Communist Party of India (Marxist),
ENSA Barrack `E’, Mahapalika Marg,
Azad Maidan, Mumbai 400001