List of Governors of Tamil Nadu

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The state of Tamil Nadu in India has had 25 Governors since 1946

The Governor of Tamil Nadu is the constitutional head of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Like all states, the governor is a nominal head and representative of the President of India. The governor is appointed by the president for a five-year term. This list includes both nominated and acting heads of state in the history of the state of Tamil Nadu in India since 1946. The area under the present-day state of Tamil Nadu has been part of different territorial configurations under Madras Presidency and Madras State in its history.[1]

The current governor is Konijeti Rosaiah, the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, who took office on 31 August 2011.[2]

Governors[edit]

Madras Presidency and Madras State[edit]

Madras Presidency in 1909, southern portion

Headquartered in Fort St. George, Madras Presidency was a province of British India. It comprised present day Tamil Nadu, the Malabar region of North Kerala, the coastal and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh, and the Bellary, Dakshina Kannada, and Udupi districts of Karnataka. It was established in 1653 to be the headquarters of the English settlements on the Coromandel Coast. After India's independence in 1947, Madras State, the precursor to the present day state of Tamil Nadu, was carved out of Madras Presidency. It comprised present-day Tamil Nadu and parts of present-day Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.[3]

Tabular
# Name Took Office Left Office Term[nb 1]
1 Lieutenant-General Sir Archibald Edward Nye[4] 6 May 1946 7 September 1948 1
2 Maharaja Sir Krishna Kumarasinhji Bhavsinhji 7 September 1948 12 March 1952 1
3 Sri Prakasa 12 March 1952 10 December 1956 1
4 A. J. John, Anaparambil 10 December 1956 30 September 1957 1
5 Pakala Venkata Rajamannar (acting) 1 October 1957 24 January 1958 1
6 Bhishnuram Medhi 24 January 1958 4 May 1964 1
7 Maharaja Sir Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Bahadur 4 May 1964 24 November 1964 1
8 P. Chandra Reddy (acting)[5] 24 November 1964 7 December 1965 1
9 Maharaja Sir Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Bahadur[nb 2] 7 December 1965 28 June 1966 1
10 Sardar Ujjal Singh (acting till 16 June 1967) 28 June 1966 14 January 1969 1
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Tamil Nadu[edit]

Madras State was renamed as Tamil Nadu (Tamil for Tamil country) on 14 January 1969. Governors have similar powers and functions at the state level as that of the President of India at the Central government level. The Governor acts as the nominal head of the state while the Chief Ministers of the states and the Chief Minister's Council of Ministers are invested with most executive powers.

Tabular
Surjit Singh Barnala is the only appointed Governor to have served two terms in office
K. Rosaiah, incumbent governor
# Name Took Office Left Office Term[nb 1] President
who appointed the Governor
1 Sardar Ujjal Singh 14 January 1969 27 May 1971 1 Dr. Zakir Hussain
2 Kodardas Kalidas Shah 27 May 1971 16 June 1976 1 Varaha Venkata Giri
3 Mohan Lal Sukhadia 16 June 1976 8 April 1977 1 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
4 Justice P. Govindan Nair (acting)[6] 9 April 1977 27 April 1977 1
5 Prabhudas B. Patwari 27 April 1977 27 October 1980 1 Basappa Danappa Jatti
6 Justice M. M. Ismail (acting) 27 October 1980 4 November 1980 1
7 Sadiq Ali 4 November 1980 3 September 1982 1 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
8 Sundar Lal Khurana, IAS (Retired) 3 September 1982 17 February 1988 1 Giani Zail Singh
9 P. C. Alexander, IAS (Retired) 17 February 1988 24 May 1990 1 R. Venkataraman
10 Sardar Surjit Singh Barnala 24 May 1990 15 February 1991 1 R. Venkataraman
11 Bhishma Narain Singh 15 February 1991 31 May 1993 1 R. Venkataraman
12 Marri Chenna Reddy 31 May 1993 2 December 1996 1 Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma
13 Krishan Kant (additional charge)[6] 2 December 1996 25 January 1997 1
14 Justice M. Fathima Beevi 25 January 1997 3 July 2001 1 Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma
15 Dr. C. Rangarajan (additional charge) 3 July 2001 18 January 2002 1
16 P. S. Ramamohan Rao, IPS (Retired) 18 January 2002 3 November 2004 1 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
17 Sardar Surjit Singh Barnala 3 November 2004 31 August 2011 2
18 Konijeti Rosaiah 31 August 2011 "Incumbent" 1 Pratibha Patil
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Records[edit]

  • Surjit Singh Barnala is the only appointed Governor to have served two terms in office (24 May 1990–15 February 1991 and 3 November 2004–31 August 2011).
  • The longest term in office was that of Surjit Singh Barnala who served as the Governor for a period of almost six and a half years (3 November 2004–31 August 2011).
  • The shortest term in office was that of M. M. Ismail who served as the acting Governor for a period of nine days (27 October 1980–4 November 1980).

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The ordinal number of the term being served by the person specified in the row in the corresponding period
  2. ^ This term is a continuation of the Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Bahadur's first term. P. Chandra Reddy served as the acting Governor while Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Bahadur was on foreign tours.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Governors of Tamil Nadu since 1946, (Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, 15 September 2008)
  2. ^ Rosaiah "Rosaiah appointed Tamil Nadu Governor". The Hindu. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Tamil Nadu Secretariat — Brief History (Government of Tamil Nadu, 17 September 2008)
  4. ^ [Formerly the last Governor of the Madras Presidency.]
  5. ^ HON'BLE SRI JUSTICE P.CHANDRA REDDI (High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, 20 September 2008)
  6. ^ a b Past Governors (Raj Bhavan, Chennai, 20 September 2008)

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