Govind Narain

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Govind Narain
8th Governor of Karnataka
In office
2 August 1977 – 15 April 1983
Preceded by Uma Shankar Dikshit
Succeeded by A. N. Banerji
Personal details
Born (1916-05-05)5 May 1916
Mainpuri, British Raj
Died 3 April 2012(2012-04-03) (aged 95)
New Delhi, India

Govind Narain (5 May 1916 – 3 April 2012) was a member of the Imperial Civil Service and at the time of his death, among its last living Indian members. He previously served as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh (1958 to 1961), Home Secretary of India (1971 to 1973) and Defence Secretary of India (1973 to 1975).[1] He is considered[by whom?] to be one of India's most senior and respected civil servants.

Early childhood and education[edit]

He was born into a Kayastha family in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh.

Career[edit]

He was selected as a member of the Imperial Civil Service in 1939 and was Home Secretary of India and Defence Secretary of India before retirement. As Home Secretary, he played a crucial role during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. He then became Defence Secretary, a post he occupied between 1973 and 1975. He was also chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, and was deputised to build relations between India and Nepal in 1951 as Adviser to the King of Nepal.

Political career[edit]

He was named Governor of Karnataka and held the post between 1977 and 1983. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2009.

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