K. T. Parnaik
Parnaik in 2023
20th Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
Assumed office
16 February 2023
Chief MinisterPema Khandu
Preceded byB. D. Mishra
19th General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command
In office
1 January 2011 – 30 June 2013
PresidentPratibha Patil
Pranab Mukherjee
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byLt Gen B. S. Jaswal
Succeeded byLt Gen Sanjiv Chachra
Personal details
Born (1953-06-28) 28 June 1953 (age 70)[1]
Alma materSt. Aloysius Senior Secondary School
Sainik School, Rewa
National Defence Academy
Indian Military Academy
Awards Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
Yudh Seva Medal
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Army
Years of service1972 – 2013
Rank Lieutenant General
UnitRajputana Rifles
CommandsNorthern Command
IV Corps
Indian Military Training Team
17 Mountain Division
17th Infantry Division (India) 2 Rajputana Rifles
Battles/warsOperation Pawan
Operation Vijay
Operation Parakram

Lieutenant General Kaiwalya Trivikram Parnaik PVSM, UYSM, YSM (born 28 June 1953) is a retired general officer of the Indian Army who is serving as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.[2][3][4] He is the first person from Maharashtra who take over as General Officer in Northern Command area.[5]

Early life and military career

Parnaik studied at the St. Aloysius Senior Secondary School, along with his brother A. T. Parnaik, also a lieutenant general, who retired as Director General Boarder Roads.[6] He was commissioned into the Rajputana Rifles on 31 March 1972. He attended the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He commanded the 2nd battalion, The Rajputana Rifles (2 RajRif) in the Rajasthan Sector and in Jammu and Kashmir. He also attended the Senior Command and the Higher Command Course.[7]

On 26 January 2003, Parnaik was awarded the Yudh Seva Medal for his command of an infantry brigade during the 2001–2002 India–Pakistan standoff. He attended the National Defence College in 2004 as part of the 44th course.[8][9]

General officer

Promoted to the rank of Major General, Parnaik was appointed General officer commanding 17 Mountain Division in Sikkim.[10] He later commanded the Indian Military Training Team (IMTRAT) in Bhutan.[11] In 2009, Parnaik was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and appointed General officer commanding IV Corps in Tezpur. After a year-long tenure as GOC IV Corps, he moved to Army HQ as the Director General Perspective Planning - DG (PP). For his tenure as GOC IV Corps, on 26 January 2010, Parnaik was awarded the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal.[12]

On 1 December 2010, Parnaik was accorded the status of Army Commander and named the Commander-designate of the Northern Command. He took over from Lieutenant General B. S. Jaswal on 1 January 2011.[13] On 26 January 2012, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal.[14] After a two-and-a-half year stint as Northern Army Commander, he retired from the Army on 30 June 2013.[15]


Parnaik was appointed as Governor by Droupadi Murmu, President of India on 12 February 2023.[16] He was congratulated by Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh,[17] Chowna Mein, Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh[18] and Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for becoming Governor.[19]


On 2006, he made false claims for getting free land of 12 acres from Government of Rajasthan.[8]


  1. ^ "Lt General Kaiwalya Trivikram Parnaik sworn in as Arunachal Pradesh Governor". ANI.
  2. ^ "Who's Who| Governors". National Portal of India. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  3. ^ Mishra, Rakesh. "लेफ्टिनेंट जनरल कैवल्य त्रिविक्रम परनाइक बने अरुणाचल के राज्यपाल". Rajasthan Patrika (in Hindi). Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  4. ^ Soni, Mallika (12 February 2023). "Reshuffle and appointments: List of new governors set to take charge". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  5. ^ Kulkarni, Pranav (12 January 2011). "Puneite 1st Maharashtrian to take over Northern Command". The Indian Express. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  6. ^ https://staloysiusjabalpur.edu.in/
  7. ^ "Parnaik takes charge as head of Northern Command". The Hindu. January 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  8. ^ a b Unnithan, Sandeep; Parihar, Rohit. "Northern Command chief Lt Gen Parnaik made false claims to get 12 acres of free land from Rajasthan govt". India Today. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  9. ^ "War veteran, former Northern Command chief: The ex-Army officers on the list of Governors". The Indian Express. 12 February 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  10. ^ "Nathu La pass reopens for Indo-China border trade after 44 yrs Read more at: https://www.oneindia.com/2006/07/06/nathu-la-pass-reopens-for-indo-china-border-trade-after-44-yrs-1152185667.html". oneindia.com. Retrieved 13 February 2023. ((cite web)): External link in |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Two army officers to be Governor, LG of 'sensitive' Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh". Firstpost. 12 February 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  12. ^ "Republic Day Gallantry and other Defence Decoration". archive.pib.gov.in. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  13. ^ "Lt Gen Parnaik Accorded Army Commander Status - Early Times Newspaper Jammu Kashmir". www.earlytimes.in. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  14. ^ "368 Republic Day Gallantry and other Defence Decorations Announced". archive.pib.gov.in. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  15. ^ "Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Parnaik retires". The Indian Express. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  16. ^ Thakur, Rajesh Kumar. "President Murmu appoints new Governors in various states of India". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  17. ^ "President appoints new governors; CM congratulates new Arunachal guv". The Arunachal Times. 13 February 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  18. ^ "CM Khandu, Deputy Mein congratulated new Arunachal guv". United News of India.
  19. ^ "CM Yogi Adityanath congratulates new Governor of Arunachal Pradesh". ThePrint. 12 February 2023. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
Military offices Preceded byB. S. Jaswal General Officer Commanding IV Corps 2009-2010 Succeeded byGyan Bhushan General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Northern Command 2011-2013 Succeeded bySanjiv Chachra Government offices Preceded byB. D. Mishra Governor of Arunachal Pradesh 16 February 2023 - Present Incumbent