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Padma Vibhushan for ORF Advisor
25 January 2012

Mr. T.V. Rajeswar, an Honorary Advisor to Observer Research Foundation, has been conferred with the Padma Vibhushan Award  - India's second highest civilian award.

Mr. Rajeswar, a well-known strategic analyst and a former Governor of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim, was among the five distinguished persons awarded with the Padma Vibhushan this year.

Last year, Mr. Brajesh Mishra, Trustee, ORF and a former National Security Advisor of India, was awarded this coveted award.

A post graduate in economics from the University of Madras, Mr. Rajeswar joined the Indian Police Service in 1949 and was posted to the erstwhile Hyderabad state. After the reorganisation of states, he was allotted to Andhra Pradesh.

He joined Intelligence Bureau in 1962 as Assistant Director. As I.B. Officer he served in Sikkim and Bhutan during 1963-1967 as OSD and Advisor respectively. He also served as Deputy Director and Joint Director in the I.B. headquarters from 1967 to 1980. Later in 1980, he was promoted as Director, Intelligence Bureau and held the post till August 1983.

He also served as Lt. Governor, Arunachal Pradesh from August 1983 to November 1985 before becoming the first I.P./I.P.S. officer to be appointed to a Constitutional post. From Nov.1985 to March 1989 he served as a Governor of Sikkim. He was Governor of West Bengal from March 1989 to February 1990 and Governor of Uttar Pradesh from 8th July, 2004 to 27th July, 2009.