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Who is Gopalkrishna Gandhi?

Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi (born 22 April 1945) is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who served as the 23rd Governor of West Bengal serving from 2004 to 2009. He is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji). 

As a former IAS officer he served as Secretary to the President of India and as High Commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka, among other administrative and diplomatic posts. 

He was the United Progressive Alliance nominee for Vice President of India 2017 elections and lost with 244 votes against NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu, who got 516 votes.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi Biography, Wiki

77-year-old Gopal Krishna Gandhi is a former bureaucrat who has served an illustrious career as a diplomat and held several administrative positions. He has previously served as India’s High Commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka. He has also served as the 23rd Governor of West Bengal serving from 2004 to 2009. 

A former IAS officer, Gandhi has served as the Secretary to the former President of India (1987-92) and before that as the Secretary to Vice President of India (1985–1987). A prominent Tamil scholar, Gandhi was elected as the Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai in 2011, a position he held till 2014. He is also credited with translating the Tamil classic, the Tirukkural, into English, in 2015.

He was also the chairman of the governing body of Indian Institute of Advanced Study and President of its society from 2012 to 2014. At present, he is a Professor of History and Politics at Ashoka University.

He is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari on his mother’s side. Previously, Gandhi stoked controversy when he criticised the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a “department of dirty tricks”.

While delivering the 15th D P Kohli Memorial Lecture for CBI on “Eclipse at Noon: Shadows Over India’s Conscience” which was heard live by nearly 3,000 officers of the agency in the audience, Gandhi noted that “The CBI is seen as the government’s hatchet, rather than honesty’s ally”. 

He was also a critic of the capital punishment meted out to the 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict Yakub Memon. In 2015, he famously wrote a letter to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, to reconsider the rejection of the mercy plea of the 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict, Yakub Memon.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi Biography Wikipedia
Gopalkrishna Gandhi
BornGopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi
22 April 1945 (age 77)
Delhi, British India
Political partyIndependent
Other political
affiliations
United Progressive Alliance
Spouse(s)Tara Gandhi
RelationsTara Gandhi Bhattacharya (sister)
Ramchandra Gandhi
Rajmohan Gandhi (brothers)
Children2 daughters
Parent(s)Devdas Gandhi
Lakshmi Gandhi
Alma materUniversity of Delhi
OccupationProfessor of History and Politics at Ashoka University

Gopalkrishna Gandhi Career

He joined IAS as an Officer in 1968 and served in Tamil Nadu state till 1985. Thereafter, he remained Secretary to Vice-President of India (1985–1987), Joint Secretary to President of India (1987–1992).

In 1992 he became Minister (Culture) in High Commission of India, UK and Director of The Nehru Centre, London, UK. This was followed by various diplomatic and administrative positions for the rest of his career, including High Commissioner of India to South Africa and Lesotho (1996), Secretary to President of India (1997–2000), High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka (2000), and Ambassador of India to Norway, and Iceland (2002), before his retirement from IAS in 2003.

On 14 December 2004, he was appointed Governor of West Bengal following the expiry of the term of office of incumbent Viren J. Shah. He was succeeded by Devanand Konwar (the serving governor of Tripura), who was given additional charge of West Bengal. For a few months in 2006 he also took on additional duties as the Governor of Bihar.

He was the Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai from December 2011 to May 2014. In 2015, he translated the Tamil classic, the Tirukkural, into English. He was the chairman of the governing body of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and president of its society on 5 March 2012 and served until May 2014.

Mr. Gandhi teaches at Ashoka University, where he is a Professor of History and Politics.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi Controversies

While delivering the 15th D P Kohli Memorial Lecture for CBI on “Eclipse at Noon: Shadows Over India’s Conscience” with nearly 3000 officers of the agency in the audience, Gandhi noted that “The CBI is seen as the government’s hatchet, rather than honesty’s ally. It is often called DDT — meaning not the dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane, the colourless, tasteless, odourless insecticide it should be, but the department of dirty tricks.”

In 2015, he wrote a letter to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, to reconsider the rejection of the mercy plea of the 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict, Yakub Memon.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi Personal Life

His paternal grandfather was Mahatma Gandhi and maternal grandfather was C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji). He is the son of Devadas Gandhi and Lakshmi Gandhi.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the younger brother of Rajmohan Gandhi, Ramchandra Gandhi, and Smt. Tara Bhattacharjee (Gandhi). Gopalkrishna Gandhi and his wife Tara have two daughters.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi FAQ’s

Who is Gopalkrishna Gandhi?

Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi (born 22 April 1945) is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who served as the 23rd Governor of West Bengal serving from 2004 to 2009. He is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji). 

How old is Gopalkrishna Gandhi?

Gopalkrishna Gandhi is currently 77 years old.

What is Gopalkrishna Gandhi famous for?

Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

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