R N Ravi assumes charge as TN Governor

Chennai: R N Ravi today assumed charge as the 26th Governor of Tamilnadu at Raj Bhavan today. Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Justice Sanjib Banerjee administered oath of office to Ravi.

Chief Minister M K Stalin, Ministers and top officials were part of the event.

A note from the Raj Bhavan said Ravi, who was hitherto the Governor of Nagaland,’continues to discharge’ his responsibility as the Union government’s interlocutor for the Naga peace talks. He was appointed as the Deputy National Security Adviser in October 2018.

Ravi, born in Patna, Bihar, joined the Indian Police Service in 1976 and served in Kerala initially. Then, he was shifted to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Intelligence Bureau. He also served as the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in the Prime Minister’s Office.

He holds a master’s degree in physics and has had a brief stint in journalism before becoming an IPS officer of Kerala cadre in 1976. He held positions in the CBI, the country’s premier investigative agency, and in the IB, the premier intelligence agency.

An official release from Raj Bhavan said Ravi, who specialised in the dynamics of human migration in South Asia, worked extensively on the political sociology of border population.

He played a crucial role in conflict resolutions in areas affected with ethnic insurgencies. ‘He was the architect of India’s international cooperation in counter terrorism and intelligence sharing,’ the release said.

As chairman of the joint intelligence committee in the Prime Minister’s office, he coordinated the agencies to meet the intelligence needs of the country.

Ravi’s predecessor Banwarilal Purohit was transferred from Assam to Tamilnadu in October 2017 and completed that term. He has since taken oath as the Governor of Punjab.


NT Bureau