By Brad Miska
Minister of State for External Affairs
Born on April 29, 1938 in Kannur (Kerala) Mr. E. Ahamed had his education in Government Brennen College, Tellichery and Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram from where he completed his B.A. and B.L. degrees. He started his career as a Lawyer.
Mr. Ahamed was a Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly consecutively for 5 terms from 1967 to 1991. From 1982 to 1987 he was Cabinet Minister in Kerala in charge of the Department of Industry. He was elected to the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) for the first time in 1991. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in all subsequent elections. Mr. Ahamed is representing Ponnani constituency in the current Lok Sabha (fifth term). He was a member of several high-level governmental delegations and Parliamentary Committees during this period. He was a member of the Indian delegation to the UN General Assembly consecutively for six years from 1992 to 1997. Mr. Ahamed is associated with several educational, cultural and social institutions. He is the author of three books.
Mr. Ahamed took office as the Minister of State for External Affairs in May 2004.
Since 1967 Mr. Ahamed has been a member of Kerala State Muslim League Working Committee. He is holding the position of National Secretary, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) from 1995 onwards.