Jagmohan Malhotra

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Jagmohan Malhotra[1] is an Indian politician. He was born 25 September 1927 in Hafizabad, Punjab in British India.

  • He is a former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir state in India.
  • He was in government service for many years.
  • During his tenure as the Governor from 1984 to 1989, militancy in Jammu and Kashmir was at his peak and he was credited with providing capable administration to the state. Benazir Bhutto in a series of speeches notoriously threatened to make him "Bhagmohan" (implying he would flee out of fear) and "Ham us ko jag jag mo mo han han bana denge" (implying he would be cut/torn to pieces by militants). In Jammu & Kashmir, Jagmohan is credited for bring order to one of the most revered shrines of Hindus, called Mata Vaishno Devi. He created a board that continues to provide administration for the shrine. Infrastructure was developed and that continues to facilitate pilgrims..
  • During the Indian Emergency (1975–1977), he was vice-chairman of Delhi Development Authority and was a confidant of Sanjay Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. He is credited with large-scale demolition of slums during this time for "beautification" purposes.[2]
  • In 1982, as New Delhi hosted the Asian Games, Jagmohan served as Lt. Governor of Delhi; he was later credited with capable administration. Later India hosted the Non-Aligned Summit, which was also a success.
  • In 1989, when militancy re-exploded in Jammu & Kashmir, Jagmohan was there to work as Governor when requested by V.P. Singh government. Till then Jagmohan had enjoyed the confidence of Indian National Congress (INC). He was also a confidant of Indira Gandhi's other son Rajiv Gandhi. However, he fell out of INC due to different views on Jammu and Kashmir and joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) though politically BJP is the largest opponent of INC. He became Member of Parliament as a BJP candidate and served under Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Allegations persist that he was involved in extra-legal crackdowns in Kashmir engineered by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed [3]
  • Jagmohan was formerly a member of Lok Sabha and a minister in the central BJP government. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1971 and the Padma Bhushan in 1977.

Positions held[edit]

  • 1980–81: and Lt. Governor, Delhi (two times)
  • 1981–82: Lt. Governor, Goa, Daman and Diu
  • 1984–89: and Governor, Jammu and Kashmir (two times)
  • 1990–96: Member (nominated), Rajya Sabha
  • 1996: Elected to 11th Lok Sabha from New Delhi
  • 1996–97: Chairman, Committee on Energy Member
  • 1998: Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term) from New Delhi
  • 1998–99: Member, Committee on External Affairs
  • 1998-December: Union Cabinet Minister, Communications
  • 1999-June–October: Union Cabinet Minister, Urban Development
  • 1999: Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term) from New Delhi
  • 1999-October–November: Union Cabinet Minister, Urban Development
  • 1999-November: Union Cabinet Minister, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
  • 2001-September: Union Cabinet Minister, Tourism; Programme Implementation and Statistics
  • 2001-November-2004-April: Union Cabinet Minister, Tourism and Culture

Books authored[edit]

  1. Rebuilding Shahjahanabad-Walled City of Delhi
  2. Island of Truth
  3. The Challenge of our Cities
  4. My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir
  5. Reforming Vaishno Devi and a Case For Reformed, Reakenened And Enlightened Hinduism


  1. ^ The current Council of Ministers
  2. ^ [1], "Slum demolitions in Delhi since the 1990s: An Appraisal" by Veronique Dupont, EPW, 12 July 2008, pages 84–85.
  3. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/mufti-and-jagmohan-ordered-massacres-in-j&k-in-the-90s-omar-abdullah/1/188759.html

External links[edit]

  1. http://www.indian-elections.com/keycontenders/jag-mohan.html
  2. http://www.rediff.com/news/2005/may/11malik.htm