Shri Ravindra Narayana Ravi, son of Late Ram Bilash Singh and Late Draupadi Devi was born on the 3rd of April 1952 at Patna in Bihar. He is married to Smti Laxmi Ravi. He did Masters in Physics in 1974 and after a brief stint in journalism joined the Indian Police Service in 1976 and was allotted the Kerala Cadre. He has served in different parts of the country in various capacities. While serving in CBI, he led several anti-corruption crusades against organised criminal gangs including mining mafias in the country.

While in the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the premier intelligence agency of the country, he served largely in conflict theatres including in the Jammu & Kashmir and the North East. He also specialised in the dynamics of human migration in South Asia and worked extensively on the political sociology of border population. He is working on a book on the political economy of insurgency.

He played crucial role in conflict resolutions in ethnic insurgency affected areas and brought several armed rebel groups into peace. He was the architect of India’s international cooperation in counter terrorism and intelligence sharing.

After retirement from government service in 2012, he wrote regular columns in national dailies. He later assumed the charge of Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee in August 2014. He was appointed as Centre’s Interlocutor to Naga peace talks on 29th August 2014, a responsibility he continues to discharge. He was appointed as Deputy National Security Advisor in October 2018.

On his appointment as the Governor of Nagaland by the President of India, Shri R. N. Ravi assumed the charge as the Governor of Nagaland on 1st August, 2019.

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