A member of the Lok Sabha  for more than 25 years  and a member of the Kerala legislative assembly for 18 years , E. Ahamed was the president of the Indian Union Muslim league when he died.

Ahamed the longest-serving union minister from kerala , was a key figure in India’s diplomatic relation with the Arab Countries. Born on April 29, 1938 in to a merchant family in Kannur, he went to Brennan college in Thalassery and the government law college in Thiruvanthapuram. When he was a student of Brennan college he worked as a reporter of Chandrika newspaper, later he made up the rank up to the executive director. As a football fan he also worked as a sports correspondent.


He practiced Law in the district court in Thalassery and Kerala High Court in Kochi. He made his debut in to Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1967, when he was elected from Kannur. He was later elected from Koduvally in 1977 and Thanoor in 1980, 1982 and 1987. He was chosen to be the Industrial Minister in 1982.

He was the founder- chairman of the State Rural Development Board which was formed in 1971. He also served as the executive chairman of the Kerala Small-Scale Industries Development Corporation. He was elected the Kannur Municial Chairman during 1981-83.

Ahmed was elected to Lok Sabha from Manjeri for four consecutive terms starting 1991. In 2004 he shifted to Ponnani. After the constituency delimitation, he chooses the context from Malappuram, from where he was elected in 2009 and 2014.

He was appointed a minister of state for external affairs in the first UPA government. In 2009, he served as a minister of state for Railways, external affairs and human resources.

He had represented India in the United Nations multiple times between 1991 and 2014. He wrote four books.