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K. N. Choksy

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Minister of Finance of Sri Lanka
In office
12 December 2001 – 6 April 2004
President Chandrika Kumaratunga
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by Chandrika Kumaratunga
Succeeded by Sarath Amunugama
Minister of Constitutional & State Affairs
In office
1992 – 19 August 1994
President Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
Ranasinghe Premadasa
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
National List Member of Parliament
In office
Personal details
Born (1933-02-07)7 February 1933
Colombo, British Ceylon
Died 5 February 2015(2015-02-05) (aged 81)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party
Other political
United National Front
Spouse(s) Freny Choksy
(née Cooper)
Children Jamsheed, Khursheed, Vishtasp
Profession Lawyer

Kairshasp Nariman Choksy, PC, MP (7 February 1933 – 5 February 2015) (known as K. N. Choksy) was a Sri Lankan lawyer, politician and a former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

He was Cabinet Minister of Finance under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. He had also served as Cabinet Minister of Constitutional & State Affairs from 1993 to 1994 under President D. B. Wijetunga and was a member of parliament from 1989 to 2010 continuiosly.

Early life

Kairshasp N. Choksy belongs to the small, yet well established and respected, Parsi community of Sri Lanka, of which he was the Anjuman former chairman. He was born in Colombo on 7 February 1933. His paternal grandparents had migrated to Colombo from Surat, North of Bombay, in the year 1885 to manage an established business house in the Coconut oil industry at Colombo, belonging to a Bombay Parsi family.

Choksy received his primary education at S. Thomas' Preparatory School, Kollupitiya, being one of the first students to be admitted to the school at its founding in 1938. He then continued his secondary education at S. Thomas' College Mount Lavinia.

Political career

He entered the Sri Lanka Parliament in February 1989 as a nominated Member on the National List.

He held office in Parliament as Minister for Constitutional Affairs and State Affairs from 1993 to 1994, and thereafter as the Country's Minister of Finance of Sri Lanka from 2001 to 2004. Choksy was a Member of Parliament from 1989 to 2010 continuiosly.


K.N Choksy & Family
K.N Choksy, Mrs. Choksy, son Vishtasp & his wife Sirini

Choksy married Freny (née Cooper) from Bombay.They had three sons. The eldest, Jamsheed, is Professor of Central Eurasian Studies and History and Director of Middle Eastern Studies. He is a scholar in Zoroastrianism and has published several books on religion. The second son, Khursheed, is Executive Director at the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington. The third son, Vishtasp, has taken to the family tradition of the Law and practices as a Lawyer in Colombo, the third generation of Choksys to excel in his chosen profession.

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