Menon, Vengalil Hrishna
|born on||3 May 1896 at 21:48 (= 9:48 PM )|
|Place||Calicut, India, 11n15, 75e46|
|Timezone||LST m80e15 (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||13°42' 02°45 Asc. 29°40'|
Indian nationalist, diplomat and statesman, described as the second most powerful man in India by Tim emagazine and others, after his ally and intimate friend, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Noted for his eloquence, brilliance, and forceful, highly abrasive persona, Menon inspired widespread adulation and fervent detraction in both India and the West; to his supporters, he was an unapologetic champion of India in the face of Western imperialism, who famously “taught the white man his place”; to his Western detractors, “Nehru’s evil genius”. US President Dwight Eisenhower characterised him as “menace (…) governed by an ambition to prove himself the master international manipulator and politician of the age”, while Indian President K.R. Narayanan eulogised him as a truly great man; decades after his death, Menon remains an enigmatic and controversial figure.
Characterised as "vitriolic, intolerant, impatient, and exigent – yes, but generous, sensitive, considerate, a great teacher too, and a great man" by Lord Listowell, the last British secretary of state for India, Menon cut an influential figure on the world scene. As a young man, Menon served as co-founding editor of Penguin Books, and led the overseas wing of the Indian independence movement, launching the India League in London, aggressively campaigning within the United Kingdom to win public support for Indian independence, and rallying the support of such superpowers as the Soviet Union. In the immediate wake of independence, Menon emerged as engineer of and spokesman for India’s foreign policy, and, more generally, architect of the non-aligned movement; he headed India’s diplomatic missions to the United Kingdom and the United Nations, and distinguished himself in diplomatic matters varying from the Kashmir issue to the Suez crisis.
Returning to India, he was repeatedly elected to both houses of the Indian parliament from constituencies as varied as Bombay, Bengal, and his native Kerala, and served as Minister of Defense, overseeing the modernisation of the Indian military and development of the Indian military-industrial complex, and spearheading the Indian annexation of Goa. He resigned in the wake of the Sino-Indian war, following allegations of India’s military unpreparedness, but remained counselor to Nehru, member of parliament and elder statesman until his death on 6 October 1974.
- friend relationship with Nehru, Jawaharlal (born 14 November 1889)
Sy Scholfield quotes T. J. S. George, "Krishna Menon, A Biography" (New York: Taplinger, 1965). p. 14: "V. K. Krishna Menon was born on May 3rd, 1896, at Panniankara in Calicut at 9.48 p.m. The birth was registered by the municipal authorities of Calicut. Some time later confusion crept into the records and today almost all available biographical references on him mention 1897 as his year of birth. Material put out by the Government of India itself has helped to establish the mistake. Menon's family records give precise details of the event. The karanavar of his father's household, Komathu Govinda Kurup, was a meticulous man who maintained a voluminous diary, notebook after notebook of family details written in Malayalam, his mother tongue, in a neat and steady hand on carefully lined pages. ... in the entry under 25 Medam 1071 (Malayalam era), he wrote: 'Tonight at 7 o'clock a servant came from Vengalil house with information that nephew Kunji- Krishnan's wife Lakshmi Kutty gave birth to a male offspring on Sunday the 22nd of this month after sunset at 48 minutes past 9 o'clock under the sign of Uthratam."
Previously Taeger quoted Astrological Association quoting Astrology Magazine vol 46 Nr. 4 p. 381 for 9:27 p.m.
- Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political
- Vocation : Politics : Diplomat