Krishna Menon, V. K. (1896-1974), was a prominent figure in India's independence movement. He was also a member of the government of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister. He was an excellent public speaker and fought vigorously for India's national interests.
Vengalil Krishnan Krishna Menon was born in Calicut in south India. He was educated there and in Madras (now Chennai) and later qualified as a lawyer. In 1924, he moved to London where he became the most prominent spokesman for the Indian National Congress in the United Kingdom (UK).
After India became independent in 1947, Krishna Menon held several important posts. First, he was Indian high commissioner to the UK. Later, he represented India at the United Nations, where he established an international reputation. From 1957, he served as India's minister of defence. Krishna Menon was forced to resign after India's poor showing in the war against China in 1962, and retired from active politics.
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