Arackaparambil Kurien Antony is an Indian National Congress politician, a former Chief Minister of Kerala, and the current Defence Minister of India.

Early life and Education:-A. K. Antony was born on December 28, 1940 at Cherthala, near Alleppey in Travancore, as the son of Arackaparambil Kurien Pillai and Elikutty.He completed his primary education in Holy Family Boys High school (Lower primary) and Government Boys High school (Upper primary).He completed his Bachelor of Arts from Maharajas College and Bachelor of Law from Mahatma Gandhi University.

Career:-A. K. Antony entered into politics as a student leader in Cherthala Taluk (Alleppey District) as an activist of Kerala Students Union.He became the youngest president of Kerala Students Union in 1966 and also served in the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) before becoming an All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary in 1984. When he became KPCC president in 1972 he was the youngest person to hold that post. He was elected again as KPCC president in 1987, and was defeated by Vayalar Ravi in the KPCC presidential elections in 1991.Congress (A) was a political party founded by Antony.On accusations in the Rajan case, K. Karunakaran resigned and Antony was made the 8th Chief Minister of Kerala. Antony thus became the youngest Chief Minister of the state,at the age of 37 serving from years April 27, 1977 to October 27, 1978.
Again, when K. Karunakaran resigned in connection with the ISRO case, Antony was made the 16th Chief Minister of Kerala serving from years March 22, 1995 to May 9, 1996. He was the Leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly during 1996 to 2001. Antony was elected and served the third term from May 17, 2001 to August 29, 2004.In 2005, A. K. Antony entered the Rajya Sabha and was inducted into the Union Council of Ministers as Defence Minister following Natwar Singh’s expulsion from the Congress and Pranab Mukherjee’s transfer to the Ministry of External Affairs. After the Congress again won the elections in 2009 and formed the government once again under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Antony retained the portfolio of Defence for the second term.

Personal life: He is married to Elizabeth Antony and they have two sons named Anil Kurien Antony who is a graduate of Stanford University and Ajith Paul Antony who is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.