AR Kidwai

Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai
20th Governor of West Bengal
In office
27 April 1998 – 18 May 1999
Preceded by K. V. Raghunatha Reddy
Succeeded by Shyamal Kumar Sen
Personal details
Born (1920-07-01)1 July 1920
Residence Raj Bhavan, Kolkata

Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai (born 1 July 1920) is an Indian politician. He served as Governor of Bihar, West Bengal, and Haryana states. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha, upper house of the Indian parliament from 2000-2004.

Early life and Education

He was born in 1920 in Baragaon village of Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh.,[1][2]

He studied B.A. at Jamia Millia Islamia University, 1940, M.Sc. at University of Illinois, USA, 1948 and Ph.D. at Cornell University, USA, 1950.[2]

Political and public career

Kidwai was Chairman of Union Public Service Commission-UPSC, Government of India from 1974 to 1977. He was Governor of Bihar twice, from 1979 to 1985 and 1993 to 1998, and Governor of West Bengal from 1998 to 1999.,[1][2]

He was Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, from 1983 to 1992[2] and has also been the director of the Jammu & Kashmir Bank.[3]

Kidwai was a member of the Rajya Sabha from January 2000 to July 2004. He was the Governor of Haryana from 7 July 2004 to 27 July 2009.[1] After Pratibha Patil's resignation as Governor of Rajasthan in June 2007, he was asked to take over that position as well,[4] serving as Governor of the state until S. K. Singh took office on September 6, 2007.[5]

Awards and honors

On January 25, 2011 Kidwai was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award.[3] The award was for his contribution towards Public Affairs[6]

References

Preceded by
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Union Deputy Minister, Railways
1974 – 1976
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Union Deputy Minister, Commerce
1976 – 1977
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Governor of Bihar
1979 – 1985
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Governor of Bihar
1993 – 1998
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Om Prakash Verma
Governor of Haryana
July 2004 – July 2009
Succeeded by
Jagannath Pahadia
Preceded by
Pratibha Patil
Governor of Rajasthan (acting)
June 2007 – September 2007
Succeeded by
S. K. Singh
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