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Name - M.Arunachalam
Father - Moockiah
Mother - Muthammal
Born on - 4th March 1944
Place of birth - Vellanaikottai
Schooling - Govt. Elementary School
Govt. High School
Pulliangudi & Vasudevanallur

College Studies

P.U.C. 1961-1962 - V.O.Chidambram College
B.A. Economics 1962- 1965 - St.Xaviers College
M.A. Rural Development
Sociology 1966-1968
- Gandhi Gram University
B.L. 1969-1972 - Dr.Ambedkar Law College
Career - Started Working as an
advocate in Sankarankovil &


Marriage - 12th July 1974
Wife - Amala Arunachalam

- Mohan Arunachalam
Sangeetha Johnson
Priya Joseph Wilson
Deepan Arunachalam
Sons-in-law - Felix Johnson                            A.Joseph Wilson
Grand Daughters - Irene Lakshitha Johnson
Marina Joseph

Positions Held

  • National Small Savings Corporation, Chennai.
  • All India Radio Trichirapalli - News Reporter

In Politics

1972 1977 - District Youth Congress Secretary Tirunelveli District
1977 1979 - Member Of Parliament (1st time)
1977 1981 - President Tamil Nadu Youth Congress
1980 1984 - Member of Parliament (2nd time)
1985 1989 - Union Minister of State for Industries
1989 1991 - Member of Parliament
Jan.1990 to Sept.1990 - Member, Committee on Subordinate Legislation
1991 1993 - Union Minister of State for Urban Development
1993 1995 - Union Minister of State for Small Scale and  Agro Industries
1996(few months) - Union Cabinet Minister for Urban Development and Employment
1996(Aug) 1997(may) - Union Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Labour
1997(Jun Dec) - Union Cabinet Minister Chemicals and Fertilizers

Other Information

       Imprisoned in 1978 for protesting against the arrest of Smt. Indira Gandhi in Tihar Jail along with late Shri Sanjay Gandhi, arrested and imprisoned in 1990 in Chennai for naming Marai Malai Nagar as Kamaraj Nagar.

May 1990 Member, - Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled (Castes and Scheduled Tribes)
1990 - Member, Consultative Committee,
Ministry of Agriculture

Social and Cultural Activities

  Upliftment of Harijans, the downtrodden and the weaker sections of society.

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