R.Nallakannu is an Indian politician and also Senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader. He was the former State Secretary of the Communist Party of India of Tamil Nadu. On 1999, Nallakannu stands for Coimbatore constituency on loksabha elections. Even though, He secured 43.21 percent of total votes, he was defeated by CP Radhakrishnan. On 14 August 2007, Nallakannu receives "Sahayogi Puraskar" award from Governor Surjit Singh Barnala of Tamil Nadu. On 2008, The State Government of Tamil Nadu headed by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has chosen senior Communist Party of India leader Nallakannu for the 2007 "Ambedkar Award" for his outstanding contribution to public life, especially to the poor and the downtrodden. On 3 October 2008, Nallakannu receives "Gandhian award" for social service from All India Mahatma Gandhi Social Welfare Forum. Nallakannu was honored by "Jeeva Award" from District Writers Association on 21 January 2009 at Thiruchirapalli.