|Govind Narain (left), 1981|
|8th Governor of Karnataka|
2 August 1977 – 15 April 1983
|Preceded by||Uma Shankar Dikshit|
|Succeeded by||A. N. Banerji|
5 May 1916|
Mainpuri, British Raj
|Died||3 April 2012
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). He is considered[by whom?] to be one of India's most senior and respected civil servants.
Early childhood and education
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.
- Official Profile and Biography at Governors Office, Karnataka
- Govind Narain, one of the last surviving ICS officers, dead
- Govind Narain: The young ICS who protected Aligarh university
- Former Governor Govind Narain passes away