A Congress party stalwart in Kerala and respected statesman, P.T. Chacko was born on 9 April 1915 at Chirakadavu, Kerala. He graduated from St. Joseph’s College, Trichy and went on to complete his law degree at the Law College, Trivandrum.
Chacko, though a lawyer by profession, gave up his lucrative legal practice to participate in the Indian independence movement. His participation in public life took many forms such as student activism, electoral politics and political activism.
Role in India’s Independence Movement:
Chacko became involved in the Indian independence movement in 1938. He fought vehemently for self-governance in the princely state of Travancore as a student leader during this period.
His political activism and involvement in the Indian independence movement resulted in his imprisonment on 5 occasions.
Contribution to Constitution Making:
Chacko played a very important role in Kerala politics after 1950. A popular leader among the masses in Kerala, he was addressed as ‘Chackochen’.Chacko was a member of the Travancore Legislative Assembly (1948 to 1949) and subsequently the Travancore-Cochin Legislative Assembly (1949 to 1952) when Travancore and Cochin merged.
He was a member of the Rajya Sabha (1952 to 1953).
Chacko was elected to the first (1957) and second (1960) Kerala Legislative Assembly and. He held the ministries of Home Affairs, Law, and Revenue in Kerala (1960 to 1964). In 1962, he established India's first open prison in Nettukaltheri near Neyyar, Trivandrum.
During his time as a legislator, he advocated for protection of civil rights, minority rights and right to education.
After a long and illustrious political life, Chacko passed away on 31 July 1964.
Chacko authored a book titled ‘Manuṣyanṛe vidyābhyāsaṃ’ in Malayalam in 1964.
Chacko was not a member of any Assembly Committees.