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Banwari Lal Joshi
18th Governor of Uttar Pradesh
In office
28 July 2009 – 17 June 2014
Preceded byT. V. Rajeswar
Succeeded byAziz Qureshi
3rd Governor of Uttarakhand
In office
29 October 2009 – 5 August 2012
Preceded bySudarshan Agarwal
Succeeded byMargaret Alva
18th Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
In office
9 June 2004 – 9 April 2007
Personal details
Born(1936-03-27)27 March 1936
Chhoti Kathu, Jodhpur State, British India
Died22 December 2017(2017-12-22) (aged 81)
New Delhi, India
Residence(s)G-3, Yamuna-Path, Durga Marg, Bani-Park, Jaipur
ProfessionIndian Police Service

Banwari Lal Joshi (27 March 1936 – 22 December 2017)[1] was an Indian civil servant and government official who was Governor of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh from 2009 to 24 June 2014.[2] He was previously Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi from 2004 to 2007, Governor of Meghalaya in 2007, and Governor of Uttarakhand from October 2007 to July 2009.

Born in a small Rajasthan village of Choti Kathu of Nagour district,[3] Joshi began his career in 1957 with the state police service in Rajasthan and moved to the Government of India in 1962.

During a long service career, Joshi worked in different administrative positions including the Ministry of Home Affairs, with Prime Ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi, with the High Commissions of India at Islamabad and London, and with the Embassy of India at Washington D.C. He took voluntary retirement from the Indian Police Service in 1991 and got involved in social work.

Joshi moved to the United States in 1993, where he worked with two large American software companies and also as executive director of an NGO located in California, which awards scholarships to bright and needy students in India.

On his return from the U.S. in March 2000, Joshi was appointed Member of the Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission, a position equivalent to a High Court Judge, where he worked for four years.

He assumed the post of the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi on 9 June 2004[3] and relinquished this responsibility on being appointed Governor of Meghalaya in April 2007.[4] In October 2007, he was appointed Governor of the State of Uttarakhand.[5] He was sworn-in as Governor of Uttar Pradesh on 28 July 2009.[6]

On 17 June 2014 he resigned from the post of Governor of Uttar Pradesh.[2]

Joshi has traveled extensively in India and abroad. He took a keen interest in social work and was also associated with several social service groups and agencies.


  1. ^ "Former UP Governor BL Joshi passes away".
  2. ^ a b "Banwari Lal Joshi resigns as Governor of Uttar Pradesh". IANS. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b "B.L. Joshi sworn in as new Delhi L-G", The Hindu, 9 June 2004.
  4. ^ "Jacob makes way for Joshi", PTI (The Telegraph, Calcutta), 12 April 2007.
  5. ^ "BL Joshi appointed Uttarakhand Guv", IST, PTI (The Times of India), 29 October 2007.
  6. ^ Joshi had the distinction of being sworn-in second time as Governor,Uttar Pradesh after completing his first term."B L Joshi new UP Governor, Maragret Alva Uttarakhand Governor", PTI, 18 July 2009