M. K. Narayanan Governor of West Bengal, a state in Eastern India

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Mayankodu Kelath Narayanan
Mayankote Kelath Narayanan - Kolkata 2013-01-07 2702 Cropped.JPG
25th Governor of West Bengal
In office
24 January 2010 – 30 June 2014
Chief MinisterBuddhadeb Bhattacharjee
Mamata Banerjee
Preceded byDevanand Konwar
Succeeded byD. Y. Patil
3rd National Security Advisor of India
In office
3 January 2005 – 23 January 2010
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byJ. N. Dixit
Succeeded byShivshankar Menon
Director of Intelligence Bureau
In office
January 1991 - February 1992
In office
April 1987 – December 1989
Personal details
Born (1934-03-10) 10 March 1934 (age 87)
Ottapalam, Madras Presidency, British India
Spouse(s)Padmini Narayanan
Alma materLoyola College, Chennai
AwardsPadma Shri (in 1992)

Mayankodu Kelath Narayanan (born 10 March 1934) is a former Indian police officer. He was National Security Adviser of India from 2005 to 2010, assuming the role after the demise of his predecessor Jyotindra Nath Dixit in January 2005.[1] Subsequently, he served as Governor of West Bengal from 2010 to 2014.[2] The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 1992.[3]

Early life

M K Narayanan hails from Kelath family at Ottapalam, Palakkad, a district of the state Kerala.[4]

Narayanan did schooling from Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School.[5]He completed his graduation from Loyola College, Chennai. He is married to Padmini Narayanan and the couple has a son, Vijay, and a daughter, Meena. Their son-in-law Ajit Nambiar is Chairman and Managing Director of BPL Ltd.[6]


M. K. Narayanan joined the Indian Police Service in 1955 and passed out as the best all-round officer of his batch. After a brief stint as Sub-Divisional Police Officer in the erstwhile State of Madras, he went on deputation to the Intelligence Bureau in February 1959. The rest of his service career was spent under the Government of India, mainly in the Intelligence Bureau, in which he dealt with a whole range of issues concerning internal and national security.

He headed the Intelligence Bureau (IB) from 1987 to 1990, before heading the Joint Intelligence Committee for a year. He became Chief (a four-star rank, equivalent to an Army general) of the IB again in 1991, before retiring in 1992. He was then appointed Special Adviser (a non-Civil Service appointment) for Internal Security to the Prime Minister of India beginning in May 2004.[7] He was Indian National Security Adviser with the rank of Minister of State from 2005 to 2010. He played a significant role in the negotiation of the landmark Indo-US Civil Nuclear Agreement of 2008.

On 24 January 2010 Narayanan was appointed as Governor of West Bengal. He took over from Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who had a few disagreements with the CPM-ruled West Bengal on critical issues like violence in Nandigram and Singur.

See also


  1. ^ "Narayanan likely to be made Governor". Press Trust of India.
  2. ^ "West Bengal governor MK Narayanan quits office". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Tharakan brings glory to Palakkad". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 28 January 2005. Archived from the original on 5 April 2005.
  5. ^ "MCC School alumni take trip down memory lane". The New Indian Express. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "WikiLeaks: Narayanan in PMO's 'Keralite mafia'". Ibnlive.in.com. 15 March 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  7. ^ "The Palakkad connection to the N-deal". sify.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Devanand Konwar
Governor of West Bengal
24 January 2011 – 30 June 2014
Succeeded by
D. Y. Patil
Preceded by
J. N. Dixit
National Security Advisor
January 2005 – January 2011
Succeeded by
Shivshankar Menon
Preceded by
H. A. Barari
Director of the Intelligence Bureau
April 1987 December 1989
Succeeded by
R. P. Joshi
Preceded by
R. P. Joshi
Director of the Intelligence Bureau
January 1991 February 1992
Succeeded by
V. G. Vaidya
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