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Bhishma Narain Singh
Governor of Tamil Nadu
In office
15 February 1991 – 30 May 1993
Chief MinisterJ. Jayalalithaa
Preceded bySurjit Singh Barnala
Succeeded byMarri Chenna Reddy
Governor of Assam
In office
15 April 1984 – 10 May 1989
Chief MinisterHiteswar Saikia
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta
Preceded byT. S. Mishra
Succeeded byHarideo Joshi
Personal details
Born13 July 1933
Died9 September 2018 (aged 85)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Children4 (Late Prem Shankar Singh & Uma Shankar Singh, Sushma Singh & Saroj Singh)

Bhishma Narain Singh (13 July 1933 – 1 August 2018)[1] was an Indian politician who served as the Governor of Assam between 1984 and 1989 and Governor of Tamil Nadu between 1991 and 1993.[2][3]

Life Sketch

Singh was born in a family of modest agriculturist means in a village in Jharkhand (Udaigarh, Palamau District) on 13 July 1933 and graduated from Benaras Hindu University. He was a member of All India Congress Committee (AICC) for more than three decades and was a permanent invitee of the Congress Parliamentary Board from 1978 to 1983 under the Presidency of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Currently, his grandson Kranti Pratap Singh is active politician from Hussainabad.[1]

Services rendered to the nation: • As Governor of Tamil Nadu in President's Rule restored critical law and order situation and ensured smooth functioning of democratic progress and simultaneously improving the economic situation as well.

• As chairman of North Eastern Council covered the administration of the seven sisters North Indian States (Namely Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya & Arunachal Pradesh) during which economic as well as social development was accelerated & was primordial to transforming the profile of the region, ensuring a better quality of life to the people. Social reforms & tribal welfare rights got implemented.

• In Assam as governor, pacified the social & political agitations, leading to the signing of the Historic Assam Accord between the Central & State Governments and Assam Students' Union (conflict resolution).

• As Cabinet Minister Works & Housing, associated with the establishment of Sports Infrastructure for holding the IX Asian Games in New Delhi, and ensuring its completion in record time (1980–1982).

• Chancellor of 2 (two) dozen universities in India during tenure as governor of several states. Ensured qualitative improvements in education and related facilities. Promotion of women's rights.



Recipient of Several National and International Awards. Medal of Merit and Certificate of Honor by Government of Algeria in April, 2005 and latest being the highest Award of Russian Federation "Order of Friendship" in April 2009.

Personal Details:

Widely travelled throughout Asia, Europe, some African countries and U.S.A.

Interests: Enjoyed brisk morning walk, horse riding and tribal folk place.