Brigadier B D Mishra (Retired) has been appointed as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday. “Great that I have been given this responsibility, my aim would be to preserve, protect Constitution and the law,” Mishra told ANI. New governors were also announced for Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Meghalaya. Andaman & Nicobar Islands, which is a Union Territory, also gets a Lieutenant Governor. Mishra would be succeeding 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 allegations of sexual misconduct.
The current appointee, BD Mishra, 78, retired as Brigadier after spending more than three decades in the Indian Army.
Mishra has served in the Sino-Indian war, 1971 Liberation war, and 1965 war with Pakistan. He has also performed operational roles for the nation. He played a role in tackling the Naga insurgency movement in 1963-1964 in Nagaland. The Retired Brigadier also fought against the LTTE as the Leading Brigade Commander of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Jaffna, Vavunia and Trincomalee in Sri Lanka during the period of 1987-1988. After his retirement, he had also volunteered for the 1999 Kargil War.
He was instrumental in tackling the 1993 Raja Sansi Airfield hijack crisis for which he also received the Prime Minister’s appreciation. Mishra, who had been the Commander of NSG (Black Cat Commandos) Counter Hijack Task Force that performed assault operations inside the hijacked aircraft, rescued all 124 travellers and crew members.
Mishra is an alumnus of the Allahabad University and Madras University where he obtained his M.A. and M.Sc degrees respectively. He also has a Ph.D from Gwalior’s Jiwaji University. He also taught at the College of Combat at Mhow Cantonment in MP and at Defence Services Staff College at Wellington Cantonment in Tamil Nadu.