President Ram Nath Kovind, on Saturday (September 30), appointed retired army brigadier Dr B D Mishra as the new Arunachal Pradesh governor. His appointment came along with the appointment of the governors of Tamil Nadu, Assam, Meghalaya and Bihar.
After his appointment, Dr Mishra (born on July 20, 1939) told ANI, “Great that I have been given this responsibility, my aim would be to preserve, protect the constitution and the law.” He would be replacing Padmanabha Acharya, who is also the Governor of Nagaland. Acharya was given the additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh after the former governor, V Shanmuganathan was removed from the post following sexual misconduct accusations.
Here are the major highlights of Mishra’s journey:-
Obtained his MA and MSc degrees from Allahabad and Madras University respectively.
Completed his PhD from Gwalior’s Jiwaji University.
Mishra served in the Sino-Indian war of 1962, 1971 Liberation war, and 1965 war with Pakistan
Played an instrumental role in tackling the Naga insurgency movement in 1963-1964 in Nagaland
He fought against the militant group LTTE, as the Leading Brigade Commander of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Jaffna in 1987-88
He was the Commander of NSG (Black Cat Commandos) Counter Hijack Task Force and successfully rescued the hijacked aircraft of Indian Airlines at Raja Sansi Airfield, Amritsar, on April 24, 1993
B. D. Mishra retired from the Indian Army on July 31, 1995, as Brigadier
Taught at the College of Combat at MHOW Cantonment and at Defence Services Staff College at Wellington Cantonment.