Gopalkrishna Gandhi


Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Gopalkrishna Gandhi (Bengali: গোপালকৃষ্ণ গান্ধি "Gopalkrishno Gandhi"; born April 22 1945) is the governor of West Bengal since 2004. He is the youngest grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and son of Devadas Gandhi and Lakshmi Gandhi. His maternal grandfather was C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji). Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the younger brother of Rajmohan Gandhi, and Ramchandra Gandhi, all of whom are distinguished in their own right.

As a former member of the Indian Administrative Service, he served as Secretary to the President of India and as High Commissioner to South Africa, among other administrative and diplomatic posts.

Gandhi graduated with a master's degree in Literature from St. Stephen's College of Delhi University. He has authored one novel and a play.

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam made the appointment on 14 December, 2004 following the expiry of the term of office of incumbent Viren J. Shah.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi and his wife Tara have two married daughters.

Career

* 1968 - 1985 Joined as an IAS Officer and served in Tamil Nadu
* 1985 - 1987 Secretary to Vice President of India
* 1987 - 1992 Joint Secretary to President of India
* 1992 Retired from IAS
* 1992 Minister (Culture) in High Commission of India, UK and Director, The Nehru Centre, London, UK.
* 1996 High Commissioner of India, South Africa and Lesotho
* 1997-2000 Secretary to President of India
* 2000 High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka
* 2002 Ambassador of India, Norway, and Iceland
* 2004 Governor of West Bengal
* 2006 Governor of Bihar (Additional Charge)

References

* [http://www.wbgov.com/e-gov/English/Governor_new.asp Profile] of the West Bengal government website.
* [http://rajbhavankolkata.gov.in/html/governor.htm Current Governor profile at official website Raj Bhavan, Kolkata]


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