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Girish Chandra 'Gary' Saxena (5 January 1928[1] – 14 April 2017) was a governor of Jammu and Kashmir state in India. Born in Agra in 1928, he joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) and held many positions in police and retired as Director of the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency. He took over as the head of the State on 2 May 1998 for the second time. Earlier, he held the office of the Governor J&K from 26 May 1990 to 13 March 1993.[2][3]

Personal life

Saxena was born at Agra in 1928 in a Kayastha family. He had his early education in Government College Allahabad and G.N. K. High School, Kanpur. He did Intermediate course from Queen's Intermediate College, Varanasi; graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Allahabad in 1946 and obtained the Post-Graduate Degree of Master of Arts (History) from the same university in 1948. His brother, Naresh Chandra, was the Indian ambassador to the United States.


Saxena joined the Indian Police Service in 1950 and served in Uttar Pradesh as Chief of Police in various districts including Rampur, Aligarh, Bareilly and Allahabad. Later, he was deputed to the Government of India in April 1969, served in Research and Analysis Wing for 16 years, and headed it from 1983 to 1986. He was chief of the agency during the Kanishka Bombing and Operation Blue Star. Thereafter, he remained as advisor to the then Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi for two years till 31 January 1988.

Saxena's main areas of specialization were international affairs, national security and intelligence matters. He has attended international Conferences in India and abroad on these subjects, given talks and participated in many seminars and panel discussions. He addressed the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in 1998. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 2005.[4][5]


Saxena died on 14 April 2017 after a brief illness, aged 89.[6]


  1. ^ All-India Civil List; a Complete Directory of the Indian Civil and Administrative Services and Other Higher Services Under the Union and the State Governments, 1967, p. 553
  2. ^ "Girish Chandra Saxena: Girish Chandra Saxena, former Jammu and Kashmir governor, dies". The Times of India. PTI. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Girish Saxena dies". The Indian Express. PTI. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ Devadas, David (14 April 2017). "Obituary: Former J&K governor Girish Saxena was a gentleman who brought Valley back from the brink". Firstpost. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  6. ^ PTI (14 April 2017). "Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Girish 'Gary' Saxena dies". Janta Ka Reporter. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
Preceded byN.F.Suntook Secretary (R) 1983–1986 Succeeded byS.E.Joshi