Ravindra Narayan Ravi on Saturday took oath as the Governor of Tamil Nadu in place of Banwarilal Purohit, who has since been transferred to Punjab. Ravi, who has shifted from Nagaland, said he saw his new role more as an opportunity rather than a challenge.
Ravi was administered the oath of office by Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjeev Banerjee at an official ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan here. Chief Minister MK Stalin, his cabinet colleagues, Leader of the Opposition K Palaniswami and others attended the swearing-in.
He is the 26th governor of the state. President Ram Nath Kovind last week appointed former IPS officer Ravi as the governor of the state.
He was appointed as the negotiator of the Center for the Naga Peace Dialogue on 29 August 2014, a responsibility he continues to discharge. After the swearing-in, Stalin introduced State Assembly Speaker M Appavu and his cabinet colleagues to Ravi.
Later, while addressing the media persons, the Governor said that he saw his new role more as an opportunity rather than a challenge. Responding to a question, he said, “I think it is more of an opportunity than a challenge and I think it will be helpful for me.”
Asked whether his tenure in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) would serve in the discharge of the governor’s duty, Ravi replied, “The slate of our (them and the state government) relationship is brand new and clean. My effort is to make it more beautiful in the coming days.” Terming it as “premature” to comment on the performance of the four-month-old DMK government in the state, Ravi said he would know more about it. As the days are passing by. “I think it’s too early for me to say, but I believe it should do well, the way it has handled Covid-19, which has come down. I think so,” he responded to.
Asked whether he would hold a review meeting with the officials, as his predecessor did, which was opposed by others, including the then opposition DMK, Ravi retorted, “Look, I took oath a few minutes ago. . The plans will come out when the time comes… One thing I know that this state has a popular government mandated by the people and the responsibility of governance lies with the government. The governor has to act according to the norms of the constitution. And I’ll do my best to keep that in mind.”
Born in Patna, Bihar, Ravi, who did his Masters in Physics in 1974, joined the Indian Police Service in 1976 after a brief stint in journalism. He served for more than a decade in various positions in Kerala and then held various positions in different parts of the country and was also deputed to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). While in the IB, he worked extensively in theaters of endemic violence, including in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East. He also specialized in the dynamics of human migration in South Asia and worked extensively on the political sociology of frontier populations. After retiring from government service in 2012, he regularly wrote columns in national dailies. He was appointed as the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in the Prime Minister’s Office. He was appointed as the Deputy National Security Advisor in October 2018 and served as the Governor of Nagaland from August 1, 2019 to September 15, 2021.