Homi J.H. Taleyarkhan

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Homi J.H. Taleyarkhan (1912 - 27 June 1998) was a Gandhian, Congress politician and a former Governor of Sikkim.[1]

Before his gubernatorial posting, Taleyarkhan had served as a Minister of Housing and Civil Supplies of the Government of Maharashtra[2] and as India's Ambassador to Libya.[3]

Taleyarkhan served as the second Governor of Sikkim from January 9, 1981 to June 17, 1984.[4] As governor, he persuaded the then Chief Minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari to merge his Sikkim Janata Parishad with the Indian National Congress but their relationship later soured.[5]

A member of the Parsi community, he served a member of the National Minorities Commission of India after his gubernatorial assignment from 1985 - 1990.[6] He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1991.[7] He was a prolific writer, especially on Gandhi and Gandhism. Some of his books include From Warfare to Welfare: The Ideal of National Integration[8] and the Splendor of Sikkim.[9]

Homi J.H. Taleyarkhan: a man of devotion, dedication, and commitment is his biography by Sheshrao Chavan.[10] He was married to Thrity Homi Taleyarkhan, a social activist and a former president of the Maharashtra State Women’s Council. The Homi J. H. Taleyarkhan Memorial Hospital and the Homi J. H. Taleyarkhan Memorial Hall in Mumbai have been named in his honour.[11]


  1. ^ "Obituary Events in 1998". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bel-Air Hospital of Indian Red Cross Society". 
  3. ^ Grover, Verinder. Africa and India's Foreign Policy. p. 463. 
  4. ^ "37 YEARS OF STATEHOOD". Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Sikkim. 
  5. ^ Bareh, Hamlet (2000). Encyclopaedia of North-East India: Sikkim. New Delhi: Mittal Publications. p. 80. 
  6. ^ "National Minorities Commission". 
  7. ^ Agrawal, S.P (1993). Development/digression Diary of India: 3D Companion to Information India. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company. p. 45. ISBN 8170223059. 
  8. ^ From Warfare to Welfare: The Ideal of National Integration. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. 
  9. ^ Splendor of Sikkim. Impression. 
  10. ^ Homi J.H. Taleyarkhan: a man of devotion, dedication, and commitment. Anurag Publications. 
  11. ^ "In Memoriam - Courage and concern".