Shri. R. Shankar stated his public life as a teacher and lawyer. He turned to politics with the birth of the Indian National Congress in Kerala State. Shri. R. Sankar emerged as a political leader during the end of the Nivarthana agitation. He has also participated in the freedom struggle and was arrested and put in jail. After India's independence, he focused to strengthen the Congress party.
Later, took a break from the Congress party and began to work with the SNDP Yogam and his works helped to bring backward class communities into the fold of the Congress party. He served SN Trusts and held positions such as General Secretary, President and Chief of the SN Trusts. Under his leadership, the SNDP Yogam gave emphasis to the field of education and started many educational institutions.
Shri. R. Shankar was the third Chief Minister of Kerala during the period 1962 -1964. He also served as deputy Chief Minister in Ministry of Pattom Thanu Pillai, during 1960 - 1962. He was born to Raman and Kunchali Amma on 30th April 1909 in Kuzhikkalidavaka village, Kottarakkara. He was the General Secretary of the SNDP Yogam for 10 years and served as its President for one year. Besides, he has chaired the editorial of a newspaper called Dinamony.