Banwari Lal Joshi

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Banwari Lal Joshi
Ex. Governor of Uttar Pradesh
In office
28 July 2009 – 17 Jun 2014
Preceded by T. V. Rajeswar
Succeeded by Aziz Qureshi
Personal details
Born (1936-03-27) 27 March 1936 (age 78)
Choti Kathu, Rajasthan
Nationality Indian
Profession Indian Police Service

Banwari Lal Joshi (born 27 March 1936 ) is an Indian political figure who was Governor of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh from 2009 till 24th June 2014.[1] He was previously Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi from 2004 to 2007, Governor of Meghalaya in 2007, and Governor of Uttarakhand from October 2007 to July 2009.

Born in a small Rajasthan village of Choti Kathu of Nagour district,[2] Shri B. L. Joshi began his career in 1957 with the state police service in Rajasthan and moved to the Govt. of India in 1962.

During a long service career, Shri Joshi worked in different administrative positions including in the Ministry of Home Affairs, with Prime Ministers - Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri and Smt. Indira Gandhi, with the High Commissions of India at Islamabad and London, and with the Embassy of India at Washington D.C.. He took voluntary retirement from the I.P.S. in 1991 and got involved in social work.

Shri Joshi moved to the United States of America in 1993, where he worked with two large American Software Companies and also as Executive Director of an NGO located in California, which awards scholarships to bright and needy students in India.

On his return from the U.S. in March 2000, Shri Joshi was appointed 'Member' of the Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission, a position equivalent to a High Court Judge, where he worked for four years.

He assumed the post of the Lt. Governor of Delhi on 9 June 2004[2] and relinquished this responsibility on being appointed as Governor of Meghalaya in April 2007.[3] In October 2007, he was appointed as Governor of the State of Uttarakhand.[4] He was sworn-in as Governor of Uttar Pradesh on 28 July 2009.[5]

On June 17, 2014 he resigned from the post of Governor of Uttar Pradesh.[1]

Shri Joshi has traveled extensively in India and abroad. He takes keen interest in social work and is also associated with several social service groups and agencies.


  1. ^ a b "Banwari Lal Joshi resigns as Governor of Uttar Pradesh". IANS. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "B.L. Joshi sworn in as new Delhi L-G", The Hindu, June 9, 2004.
  3. ^ "Jacob makes way for Joshi", PTI (The Telegraph, Calcutta), April 12, 2007.
  4. ^ "BL Joshi appointed Uttarakhand Guv", IST, PTI (The Times of India), October 29, 2007.
  5. ^ "B L Joshi new UP Governor, Maragret Alva Uttarakhand Governor", PTI, July 18, 2009

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