J. Alexander (politician)

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J Alexander
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Personal details
Born(1938-08-08)8 August 1938
Kandachira, Mangad, Kollam, British Raj
Died14 January 2022(2022-01-14) (aged 83)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Political partyIndian National Congress

J. Alexander (8 August 1938 – 14 January 2022) was an Indian bureaucrat and politician who served as Chief Secretary and Cabinet Minister, Karnataka State, India.

Early life[edit]

Alexander was born in Mangad, in Kollam District of Kerala State on 8 August 1938 in a middle-class family; one out of seven children of John Joseph and Elizabeth Joseph. His early education was in Kollam until he finished B.A in English Language and Literature. He did his M.A in English Literature from University College, Trivandrum and did his Ph.D in Philosophy from Karnataka University.[1]


He started his career as a lecturer in English in Fatima Mata National College, Kollam and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1963, where he was allotted to Karnataka State IAS cadre.[1]

He served for 33 years in various departments as District Commissioner and District Magistrate of Dharwad District, Karnataka, Revenue Commissioner of Karnataka State and Chairman, Karnataka State Revenue Appellate Tribunal, Commissioner and Chief Executive of Bangalore City Municipal Corporation. chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Karnataka state Urban water supply and sewerage Board, Slum Clearance Board, and housing Board.[citation needed]

He was also Chief Executive of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, Chairman and Managing Director, Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers, Mangalore, and chairman of several other enterprises. Finally, he was Chief Secretary of the State of Karnataka.[citation needed]

After retirement from the civil service, he joined the Indian National Congress, and contested elections to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He became a member of the Legislative Assembly from Bharathi Nagar (presently Sarvagnanagar) Constituency, Bangalore and became a Cabinet Minister for Tourism in S. M. Krishna Ministry of Karnataka State.[1] Later, he became Vice President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, Karnataka. He left the Indian National Congress in 2019, claiming that the party neglected Christians. However, he stayed on after being convinced by senior leaders.[2]

He served as President of Bangalore City YMCA for more than 30 years. He was also Advisory Board member in Global Organization of People of Indian Origin(GOPIO), Board of governors of Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Bangalore and Chairman of its branch in KOCHI, Kerala.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

Alexander was married to Delfin Alexander, with whom he had two sons. He died from a heart attack at a hospital in Bangalore, on 14 January 2022, at the age of 83.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "J Alexander, former Karnataka minister of Kerala origin, passes away". Onmanorama. Malayala Manorama Company Limited. Retrieved 15 January 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Former IAS, minister J Alexander dead". Deccan Herald. 14 January 2022. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b "കർണാടക മുൻ മന്ത്രിയും മുൻ ചീഫ് സെക്രട്ടറിയുമായ മലയാളി ജെ.അലക്സാണ്ടർ അന്തരിച്ചു". Malayala Manorama (in Malayalam). Retrieved 15 January 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)