Bio Data of
Shri M. K. Narayanan
Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal
Shri Mayankote Kelath Narayanan was
born in New Delhi in 1934. He had his early education in Delhi and
Shimla before he went to Madras for his High School and University
education. He is an alumnus of the Loyala College, Madras, and
holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Madras.
Shri Narayanan joined the Indian
Police Service in 1955 and passed out as the best all-round officer
of his batch. After a brief stint as Sub-Divisional Police Officer
in the erstwhile State of Madras, he went on deputation to the
Intelligence Bureau in February 1959. The rest of his service
career was spent under the Government of India, mainly in the
Intelligence Bureau during which he dealt with a whole range of
issues concerning internal and national security. Shri Narayanan
was Director of the Intelligence Bureau from 1987 to 1992 and also
served as the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee of the
Government of India. He superannuated in 1992.
Shri Narayanan was awarded the
prestigious national award – Padma Shri – in 1992 for his services
to the country.
He remained closely connected with
security-related matters even after his retirement. He was a Member
of the Task Force on revamping the Intelligence System set up after
the Kargil Committee Report in 2000. Apart from this, he was
frequently consulted on security matters and was a Member on several
expert panels, specially in the area of counter terrorism and
Shri Narayanan was appointed by the
UPA Government in May 2004 as the Security Advisor to the Prime
Minister of India. In January 2005, he assumed charge as the
National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India. As the
National Security Advisor, his responsibilities included advising
the Prime Minister on foreign policy and defence matters, national
security issues, including internal security and intelligence, and
nuclear and space matters. He also led India in institutionalized
security and strategic dialogues with several countries including
Brazil, France, Japan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Russia, UK and the USA.
He was also the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for boundary
talks with China.
Shri Narayanan took over as the
Governor of the State of West Bengal on January 24, 2010.
Shri Narayanan’s family includes Smt.
Padmini Narayanan, his wife, and two children both of whom are