Govind Narain
8th Governor of Karnataka
In office
2 August 1977 – 15 April 1983
Preceded byUma Shankar Dikshit
Succeeded byA. N. Banerji
Personal details
Born(1916-05-05)5 May 1916
Mainpuri, British Raj
Died3 April 2012(2012-04-03) (aged 95)
New Delhi, India

Govind Narain, ICS (5 May 1916 – 3 April 2012) was an Indian civil servant who was member of the Indian Civil Service and served as the 8th Governor of Karnataka.

He formerly served as 12th Defence Secretary of India (1973 to 1975), Home Secretary of India (1971 to 1973) and the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh (1958 to 1961).[1] He is considered[by whom?] to be one of India's most senior and respected civil servants.

He also served as Adviser and Secretary to the King of Nepal from 1951 to 1954.

Early childhood and education

He was born into a Kayastha family in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh and educated at the University of Allahabad and University of Oxford.


He was selected as a member of the Indian Civil Service in 1939 and was Home Secretary of India and Defence Secretary of India before retirement. As Home Secretary, he played a crucial role during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. He then became Defence Secretary, a post he occupied between 1973 and 1975. He was also chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, and was deputised to build relations between India and Nepal in 1951 as Adviser to the King of Nepal.

Political career

He was named Governor of Karnataka and held the post between 1977 and 1983. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2009.


  1. ^ "Bangladesh war-era Home Secretary Govind Narain dies". 4 April 2012.