Narinder Nath Vohra

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Narinder Nath Vohra
Nariੰdara Nātha Voharā
J&K Governor N.N. Vohra.JPG
N. N. Vohra in 2016.
12th Governor of Jammu and Kashmir
Assumed office
25 June 2008
Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad
Omar Abdullah
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
Mehbooba Mufti
Preceded by S. K. Sinha
8th Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India
In office
1 July 1997 – 19 March 1998
Prime Minister I. K. Gujral
Preceded by T. R. Satishchandran
Succeeded by Brajesh Mishra
Home Secretary of India
In office
1 April 1993 – 31 May 1994
23rd Defence Secretary of India
In office
1 March 1990 – 1 April 1993
Preceded by T. N. Seshan
Succeeded by K. A. Nambiar
18th Defence Production Secretary of India
In office
1 May 1989 – 1 March 1990
Preceded by P. C. Jain
Succeeded by N. Raghunathan
Personal details
Born Narinder Nath Vohra
(1936-05-05) 5 May 1936 (age 82)
Punjab, British India
(Now Punjab, India)
Residence Raj Bhavan, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Alma mater Panjab University
Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford
Occupation Retired IAS officer
Awards IND Padma Vibhushan BAR.png Padma Vibhushan (2007)
Website jkrajbhawan.nic.in

Narinder Nath Vohra (often abbreviated as N. N. Vohra) (IAST: Nariੰdara Nātha Voharā) (born 5 May 1936) is a retired 1959 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre and the current and 12th Governor of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, he is the first civilian Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 18 years after Jagmohan. Vohra has also served as the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, Home Secretary of India, Defence Secretary of India and Defence Production Secretary of India.

From February 2003 until he became the governor of the state, Vohra had been the Government of India's interlocutor in Jammu and Kashmir.[1] He was awarded India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, for civil service, in 2007.[2][3][4]

Education[edit]

Narinder Nath Vohra is a postgraduate (MA) and topper in English from Panjab University.[5] Vohra also was a visiting fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.[5]

Career[edit]

Before IAS[edit]

Before being appointed as an IAS officer, Vohra served as lecturer in the Panjab University.[5]

As an IAS officer[edit]

Vohra served in key positions for both the Government of India and the Government of Punjab, like as Secretary (Home), Commissioner and Secretary (Industries), Finance Commissioner, Commissioner (Urban Development), Secretary (Urban Development), Punjab's labour commissioner, Director (Information) and as Director (Panchayati Raj) in the Government of Punjab,[1][5][6] and as the Union Home Secretary, Union Defence Secretary, Union Defence Production Secretary, additional secretary in the Department of Defence of the Ministry of Defence, joint secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and as an area organizer in the Cabinet Secretariat in the Government of India.[1][5][6]

Vohra also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO).[1][5][6]

Defence Production Secretary[edit]

N. N. Vohra was appointed as the Union Defence Production Secretary by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), he assumed the office of Defence Production Secretary on 1 May 1989,[1][5][6] and demitted it on 1 March 1990.[1][5][6]

Defence Secretary[edit]

N. N. Vohra was appointed as the Union Defence Secretary by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), he assumed the office of Defence Secretary on 1 March 1990,[1][5][6] and demitted it on 1 April 1993,[1][5][6] serving for more than three years.

Home Secretary[edit]

N. N. Vohra was appointed as the Union Home Secretary by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), he assumed the office of Home Secretary on 1 April 1993,[1][5][6] and demitted it and simultaneously superannuated from service on 31 May 1994.[1][5][6]

Post Retirement[edit]

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister[edit]

N. N. Vohra was appointed as the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, Inder Kumar Gujral, and the administrative head of Prime Minister's Office (PMO) by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) in June 1997, he assumed the office of principal secretary on 1 July 1997,[1][5][6] and demitted it on 19 March 1998.[1][5][6]

India’s Special Representative for carrying out the Jammu and Kashmir Dialogue[edit]

N. N. Vohra was appointed as India’s Interlocutor for carrying out the Jammu and Kashmir Dialogue by the Government of India in 2003,[1][5] he remained as India's Interlocutor till 2008,[1][5] when he was appointed as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

As the interlocutor, Vohra had been holding wide-ranging discussions with both the elected representatives in the state and also the separatists in a bid to forge a common ground for the all-round development of the state.[1]

Vohra taking salute from Jammu and Kashmir Police on 61st Republic Day of India.

Governor of Jammu and Kashmir[edit]

Vohra taking salute from Jammu and Kashmir Police 61st Republic Day of India.

N. N. Vohra was appointed as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir by the President of India in 2008,[1][1][7] his first act as the Governor of J&K was to rescind the controversial Amarnath shrine land transfer order.[8]

N. N. Vohra was re-appointed as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir by the President of India in 2013.[9][10][11]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Vohra, N. N.; Mathews, K. (1997). Africa, India & South-South cooperation. New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 9788124105030. 
  • Vohra, N. N.; Dixit, Jyotindra Nath (1998). Religion, politics, and society in South and Southeast Asia. Delhi: Konark Publishers in association with India International Centre. ISBN 9788122005295. 
  • Vohra, N. N. (1999). Culture, society, and politics in Central Asia and India. Delhi: SHIPRA Publications India International Centre. ISBN 9788175410404. 
  • Vohra, N. N.; et al. (2000). Issues before the World Trade Organization: India's perspective: report on a seminar held on 20 March, 1999, at the India International Centre. New Delhi: Mosaic Books, in association with India International Centre. ISBN 9788185399515. 
  • Vohra, N. N. (2001). Culture, democracy, and development in South Asia. New Delhi, India: Shipra Publications. ISBN 9788175410701. 
  • Vohra, N. N. (2002). India and East Asia: culture and society. Delhi, India: Shipra Publications. ISBN 9788175411067. 
  • Vohra, N. N.; Bhattacharya, Sabyasachi (2002). Looking back, India in the twentieth century. New Delhi: National Book Trust, India in association with India International Centre. ISBN 9788123737508. 
  • Vohra, N. N. (2003). Emerging Asia: challenges for India and Singapore. New Delhi, India: India International Centre Manohar. ISBN 9788173044847. 
  • Vohra, N. N. (2003). History, culture, and society in India and West Asia. Delhi, India: Shipra Publications. ISBN 9788175411234. 
  • Vohra, N. N. (2004). India and Australasia: history, culture, and society. Delhi: Shipra Publications. ISBN 9788175411685. 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Sinha, Amitabh (12 June 2008). "Vohra: Just the man for Kashmir". The Indian Express. New Delhi. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Padma Vibhushan for Nariman, Khushwant, Naresh Chandra". The Indian Express. New Delhi. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Padma Vibhushan for Khushwant, Nariman". The Hindu. New Delhi. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Padma Vibhushan for Fali Nariman, Khushwant Singh". Daily News and Analysis. New Delhi. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Present Governor - N. N. Vohra". Raj Bhavan, Jammu and Kashmir. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "N N Vohra - Executive Record Sheet". Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "VOHRA APPOINTED JK GOVERNOR". Greater Kashmir. Srinagar. 10 June 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Vohra saves J&K Govt, rescinds Amarnath land order. Retrieved on 9 July 2008.
  9. ^ "Vohra gets fresh term as J&K Governor". The Hindu. New Delhi. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "N N Vohra gets a fresh term as J&K governor". The Times of India. New Delhi. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "Vohra re-appointed as Jammu and Kashmir governor". News 18. New Delhi. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 

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Preceded by
Srinivas Kumar Sinha
Governor of Jammu & Kashmir
2008–to date
Succeeded by
incumbent