Ravindra Narayana Ravi
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15th Governor of Tamil Nadu
Assumed office
18 September 2021
Chief MinisterM. K. Stalin
Preceded byBanwarilal Purohit
18th Governor of Nagaland
In office
1 August 2019 – 17 September 2021
Chief MinisterNeiphiu Rio
Preceded byPadmanabha Acharya
Succeeded byJagdish Mukhi (additional charge)
Governor of Meghalaya
Additional Charge
In office
18 December 2019 – 26 January 2020
Chief MinisterConrad Sangma
Preceded byTathagata Roy
Succeeded byTathagata Roy
Deputy National Security Advisor of India
In office
05 October 2018 – 31 July 2019
Interlocutor of India-Naga Peace Talks
In office
September 2014 – September 2021
Preceded byOffice Established
Succeeded byOffice Abolished
Personal details
Born (1951-04-03) 3 April 1951 (age 71)[citation needed]
Patna, Bihar, India[citation needed]
Residence(s)Raj Bhavan, Tamil Nadu
WebsiteGovernor Profile
Source: [[1]]

Ravindra Narayana Ravi (born 3 April 1951[citation needed]) is an ex-IPS(29RR), 1976 batch[1] an Indian politician and former bureaucrat serving as the current and 15th Governor of Tamil Nadu.

Ravi served as the 18th Governor of Nagaland from 1 August 2019 to 9 September 2021 and Governor of Meghalaya from 18 December 2019 to 26 January 2020.[2]

Political career

In 2014, he was appointed the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor of India on 5 October 2018.[3]

He also served as the interlocutor for the talks between NSCN-IM and the Government of India, from 2014 to 2021.[4][5][6]

Governor of Nagaland

Ravi was appointed the Governor of Nagaland on 20 July 2019 by the order of the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.[7] The Nagaland Peace Accord between Naga's and Indian government was achieved during his stint in August 2015. It's a major breakthrough for achieving peace in the region since the 1997 ceasefire agreement.[8][9]

As interlocutor, Ravi had a fallout with the Isak Muivah-led National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) in 2020 with whom he manoeuvred the signing of the 2015 Framework Agreement after he allegedly misinterpreted the agreement and tried to manipulate it. Subsequently, the NSCN (IM) sought to have him removed as interlocutor.[10] Ravi was also perceived to be targeting the NCSN (IM) group while being soft on its rival Naga National Political Groups comprising seven extremist groups.[11]

After his appointment to Tamil Nadu, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party president Chingwang Konyak said the Nagaland government was not happy with the way Ravi functioned and said he interfered in the affairs of a popular government.[11] Journalists of the Kohima Press Club (KPC), boycotted the state farewell programme for Ravi to show their resentment when he was shifted to Tamil Nadu since Ravi refused to interact with the media despite numerous approaches.[12]

Governor of Tamil Nadu

On 9 September 2021, R. N. Ravi was appointed the Governor of Tamil Nadu by President of India Ram Nath Kovind.[13] He took charge as Governor of Tamil Nadu on 18 September 2021. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. K. Stalin greeted Ravi and welcomed him.[14] However, his appointment was questioned by Indian National Congress and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, allies to the ruling party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam claiming that there is an ulterior motive in his appointment.[15][16]

The Supreme Court on April 2022 brought into question Ravi's action to refer Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict A. G. Perarivalan's remission plea to the President, saying such a move strikes at the "very roots" of the country's "federal structure."[17][18]

Ravi had rejected approval for 19 bills passed by the assembly from September 2021 to April 2022 including the anti-NEET bill. Ravi has been criticised by political analysts in Tamilnadu for interfering in the administration of the government.[19] On May 31, 2022, he had 21 bills passed in the Tamil Nadu assembly pending before him.[20][21]


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  2. ^ "Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi shifted to Tamil Nadu; Banwarilal Purohit moved to Punjab". The Hindu. 9 September 2021. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  3. ^ Kalita, Prabin. "Meet your governor: R N Ravi, an officer, and tough gentleman". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  4. ^ "RN Ravi resigns as Modi govt's interlocutor for Naga peace talks". ThePrint. ThePrint. 22 September 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  5. ^ Parashar, Utpal (11 August 2020). "NSCN-IM wants Nagaland Governor removed as interlocutor for peace talks". Hindustan Times. Hindustan Times. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  6. ^ Sharma, Neeta. "Finally, Centre's Naga Talks Interlocutor Makes Way For Replacement". NDTV. NTDV. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  7. ^ "RN Ravi Sworn In As Nagaland Governor". NDTV.com. Indo-Asian News Service. 1 August 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  8. ^ Singh, Vijaita (15 July 2017). "Meet R.N. Ravi, who is mediating peace with the Nagas". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Exclusive | Nagas Will Never Join Indian Union Nor Accept India s Constitution : NSCN (I-M) Chief". thewire.in. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Uncertainty regarding Naga peace process prevails as guv RN Ravi shifts to TN". Hindustan Times. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Relief in Nagaland after R.N. Ravi's transfer". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 10 September 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 15 September 2021.((cite news)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ Ambrocia, Medolenuo (14 September 2021). "Nagaland journalists boycott Guv RN Ravi's state farewell ceremony". EastMojo. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  13. ^ Scroll Staff. "Nagaland Governor RN Ravi transferred to Tamil Nadu". Scroll.in. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Stalin greets RN Ravi, says TN welcomes him". outlookindia.com. Retrieved 15 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "TN political leaders question former IB officer RN Ravi's appointment as Governor". The News Minute. 11 September 2021. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  16. ^ "DMK allies oppose R N Ravi's appointment as Tamil Nadu Governor". Deccan Herald. 12 September 2021. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  17. ^ "'Dangerous Precedent for Federalism': SC on TN Governor Referring Perarivalan Plea to President".
  18. ^ "Supreme Court glare on TN Governor move to bypass govt". 29 April 2022.
  19. ^ "Why SC's observation on governor's role is significant in Tamil Nadu".
  20. ^ "Tamil Nadu government seeks right to pick vice-chancellors".
  21. ^ "There are 21 Bills pending before the TN Governor: What experts think". 3 June 2022.