Satya Pal Malik
Governor of Bihar Satya Pal Malik.jpg
Governor Malik in 2018
21st Governor of Meghalaya
Assumed office
18 August 2020
Chief MinisterConrad Sangma
Preceded byTathagata Roy
18th Governor of Goa
In office
3 November 2019 – 18 August 2020
Chief MinisterPramod Sawant
Preceded byMridula Sinha
Succeeded byBhagat Singh Koshyari
(additional charge)
13th Governor of Jammu and Kashmir[1]
In office
23 August 2018 – 30 October 2019 [1]
Preceded byNarinder Nath Vohra
Succeeded byPosition Abolished
G. C. Murmu
(as Lieutenant Governor)
27th Governor of Bihar
In office
30 September 2017 – 21 August 2018
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Preceded byKeshari Nath Tripathi
Succeeded byLalji Tandon
25th Governor of Odisha
In office
21 March 2018 – 28 May 2018
Chief MinisterNaveen Patnaik
Preceded byS. C. Jamir
Succeeded byGaneshi Lal
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
1989 – 1991
Preceded byUsha Rani Tomar
Succeeded bySheela Gautam
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
1980 – 1989
ConstituencyUttar Pradesh
Personal details
Born (1946-07-24) 24 July 1946 (age 75)
Hisawada, United Provinces, British India[2]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
Bharatiya Kranti Dal, Indian National Congress, Janata Dal, Lok Dal, SP
Residence(s)Raj Bhavan, Shillong Meghalaya[3]
Alma materMeerut University (B.Sc, LLB)

Satya Pal Malik (born 24 July 1946) is an Indian politician serving as the 21st and current Governor of Meghalaya.[4] He was the 18th Governor of Goa.[5][6] Malik was also the Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. He was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir from August 2018 to October 2019, and it was during his tenure that the constitutional decision to abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to J&K, was taken on 5 August 2019.

His first prominent stint as a politician was as a member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly during 1974–77. He represented Uttar Pradesh in Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1986 and 1986–89. He was member of the 9th Lok Sabha from Aligarh, from 1989 to 1991, as member of Janata Dal. He was the Governor of Bihar from October 2017 to August 2018.[7][8] On 21 March 2018 he was also given additional charge to serve as Governor of Odisha up to 28 May 2018. In August 2018, he was appointed Governor to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.


Malik was born in Hisawada village of Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh in a Jat family.[9][10][11] He pursued Bachelor of Science and LLB degrees from Meerut College.[12] In 1968-69, Malik was elected as the students union president, commencing his political career.[13]

Posts held

Controversial speech

On 8 November 2021, Malik was invited to Global Jat Summit and in his speech, he used provocative messages against the Indian government regarding the 2020–2021 Indian farmers' protest and said "you will not be able to overcome the Sikhs. The Guru's four children were slaughtered, but the Guru refused to surrender.You cannot defeat the Jats as well."[16]

He also added, "Indira Gandhi knew that she would be killed and she was killed. They killed General Vaidya in Pune and General Dwyer in London. I have even said that don't test the patience of the Sikh community."[16]


  1. ^ a b "Satya Pal Malik Named New Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Vajpayee Aide Lal Ji Tandon Takes His Place in Bihar". News18. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  2. ^ "9th Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Meghalaya Governor". Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  4. ^ PTI (18 August 2020). "Satya Pal Malik Appointed Meghalaya Governor, to Replace Tathagata Roy". News18. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Satya Pal Malik appointed as J&K Governor". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 21 August 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 August 2018.((cite news)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ Sanket, Upadhyay; Vaibhav, Tiwari (9 August 2019). "J&K, Ladakh To Become Union Territories On Sardar Patel Birth Anniversary". NDTV. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  7. ^ "New governors appointed: All you need to know". The Times of India. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Who is Satya Pal Malik?". Indian Express. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Microsoft Word - biograp_sketc_1a.htm" (PDF). Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  10. ^ "In Kashmir, governors kill time boozing and golfing: Satyapal Malik". Kashmir Walla. 15 March 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  11. ^ Tripathi, Vineet (23 November 2021). "Satya Pal Malik News: सिख और जाट 300 साल नहीं भूलते...गवर्नर सत्यपाल मलिक का वीडियो देख लोग बोले- उकसा क्यों रहे". Navbharat Times. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Who is Satya Pal Malik?". The Indian Express. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Bihar Governor Satpal Malik visits Meerut College". The Statesman. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  14. ^ "Rediff On The NeT: Polling Booth: Election' 96: Uttar Pradesh/Aligarh". Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  15. ^ Shekhar, Kumar Shakti (27 October 2021). "Satya Pal Malik: When Satya Pal Malik courted controversies as governor - from Bihar, Jammu-Kashmir and Goa to Meghalaya". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  16. ^ a b "WATCH: Twitterati trend #SackSatyapalMalik as they slam Governor for remarks on 'Indira Gandhi assassination' in viral video". Free Press Journal. 23 November 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2022.
Lok Sabha Preceded byUsha Rani Tomar Member of Parliamentfor Aligarh 1989 – 1991 Succeeded bySheela Gautam Political offices Preceded byKeshari Nath Tripathi Governor of Bihar 4 October 2017 – 21 August 2018 Succeeded byLal Ji Tandon Preceded byS. C. Jamir Governor of Odisha 21 March 2018 – 28 May 2018(Additional Charge) Succeeded byGaneshi Lal Preceded byNarinder Nath Vohra Governor of Jammu and Kashmir 23 August 2018 – 31 October 2019 Succeeded byJammu and Kashmir State dissolved Preceded byMridula Sinha Governor of Goa 25 October 2019 - 18 August 2020 Succeeded byBhagat Singh KoshyariAdditional Charge Preceded byTathagata Roy Governor of Meghalaya 18 August 2020 - Present Incumbent