Published On:29 January 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

M.O.H. Farook: A long innings in power & politics

Puducherry: Kerala governor and former chief minister of Puducherry M.O.H. Farook — who died at a private hospital in Chennai yesterday — had a long innings in politics and power, holding also the posts of Speaker, Union minister, ambassador of India in Saudi Arabia and the gubernatorial post in Jharkhand at various times.

The 74-year-old Congress leader was an astute administrator and contributed much to the development of Puducherry during his three terms as chief minister.

Beginning his career as a Congress volunteer in his early student days, he had the rare privilege of winning all the elections he contested in his life-time. He was chief minister of Puducherry for the first time between April 1967 and March 1968 when he was in the Congress.

Farook subsequently went over to the DMK in 1968 following the developments leading to the capture of power by the party in Tamil Nadu the next year.

He, however, returned to the Congress and contested the elections in 1974 as a Congress nominee. He served as Opposition leader, when the AIAMDK formed the government for the first time.

He abstained from political battle for three years from 1977 but was chiefly instrumental in formulating political strategies with a view to widening the Congress sway among the people.

He had the credit of providing a stable government in Puducherry. He headed a Congress government in 1985 which lasted in office for its full term till 1990.

After winning the Lok Sabha seat from Puducherry in 1991 (he won the seat also in 1996 and 1999), Farook became Union minister of state for civil aviation. He was chiefly responsible for laying the foundation of Puducherry airport.

Farook served as Speaker in late 1960's and in 1980. He was the youngest Speaker when he adorned the office in 1968. Such was his style of functioning that he never developed enmity with any political functionary including those in the Opposition.

When he was out of political activity, he groomed his son M.O.H.F. Shahjahan who contested from Lawspet in the 2001 and 2006 polls.

He has been hailed as the kingmaker of Puducherry politics. So much so, whenever the Congress there faced a political crisis, they would turn to Farook for a solution.

Farook held posts with distinction: CM

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy led the state in condoling the demise of Governor M.O.H Farook.

The chief minister, speaker G. Karthikeyan and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala were among the prominent leaders from the state who attended the burial in Puducherry.

Besides, several senior civil and police officials and Raj Bhavan officials also paid their last respects.Chandy said the death was a great loss for the State and the nation.

Farook had held several posts with distinction during the five decades of his public life. State ministers and prominent leaders condoled the death.

A public holiday had been declared for the day, as the state mourned the death.

Governor who had the shortest tenure

M.O.H Farook had the shortest tenure as Governor of the state — four months.

A total of 19 governors occupied the Kerala Raj Bhavan since the state formation in 1956. 

Farook took charge in September, 2011. Even during his short term, he had to deal with a couple of controversial issues confronting the state including the Mullaperiyar dam controversy and the KC(B) leader R Balakrishna Pillai's alleged violation of jail norms.

Farook was also the second governor in the state to pass away while in office - the first being Sikander Bakht.

Farook's swearing-in ceremony in September will always be remembered as one of the most colourful events in the Raj Bhavan.

Apart from the traditional bouquets and ponnada, the Raj Bhavan hall was flooded with people carrying silky and shining shawls, providing a colorful Tamil touch to the ceremony. A large number of his admirers from Puducherry and Tamil Nadu turned up for the swearing-in, indicative of his popularity there.

Very few knew that Farook, a devout Muslim, used to pray at the mosque located inside the Police Training College, Thycaud, every Friday. Days after taking over as the governor, Farook also paid a visit to the Beemapally Dargah Sharif and offered prayers there.

(Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle)

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