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M.K. Narayanan: A Stalwart Diplomat and Guardian of National Security


Mayankote Kelath Narayanan, also known as “M.K.”, is a highly respected Indian diplomat and former IPS officer who has made a significant contribution to the field of national security. He served as the National Security Adviser of India from 2005 to 2010, where he played a pivotal role in the negotiation of the historic Indo-US Civil Nuclear Agreement of 2008. In recognition of his distinguished service, he was awarded the Padma Shri, a prestigious civilian honour from the Indian government in 1992.

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A Trailblazing Diplomat and Guardian of National Security; As a distinguished Indian diplomat and former IPS officer, Narayanan’s illustrious career spans both the realms of diplomacy and national security.

M.K. Narayanan’s illustrious career began in 1955 when he joined the Indian Police Service. He quickly gained recognition for his exceptional performance, and was declared the best all-around officer of his batch. In 1959, he joined the Intelligence Bureau and spent the rest of his service career working for the Government of India, mainly in the Intelligence Bureau, where he was involved in dealing with a range of issues concerning internal and national security. 

He served as the Chief of the Intelligence Bureau from 1987 to 1990, and later headed the Joint Intelligence Committee. He returned to the role of Chief of the Intelligence Bureau in 1991, before retiring in 1992. In 2004, he was appointed as the Special Adviser for Internal Security to the Prime Minister of India, a role he held until 2005, when he was appointed as the National Security Adviser with the rank of Minister of State. 

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MK Narayanan, the former National Security Advisor, possessed an extensive background in intelligence. With a career steeped in strategic analysis and intelligence operations, his expertise and deep understanding of security matters fortified his role in safeguarding the nation’s interests, contributing to his esteemed reputation in the field of national security.

Apart from his distinguished career in national security, M.K. Narayanan is also a devoted family man. He is married to Padmini Narayanan, and together they have two children, Vijay and Meena. Their son-in-law, Ajit Nambiar, is the Chairman and Managing Director of BPL Ltd. 

In 2010, M.K. Narayanan was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal, following his retirement as National Security Adviser. His close ties to the UPA Administration made him an ideal candidate for the role, which he assumed from Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Gandhi had previously clashed with the CPM-ruled West Bengal on critical issues like violence in Nandigram and Singur. M.K. Narayanan’s vast experience and expertise in security matters made him the perfect choice to help restore peace and stability in the region.

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M.K. Narayanan, demonstrating his commitment to public welfare, embarked on visits to inspect the sites ravaged by the devastating earthquake. With empathy and a keen eye, he assessed the damages, offering solace to affected communities and providing valuable insights that contributed to post-disaster relief and reconstruction efforts.

When a destructive earthquake hit the northern part of West Bengal in 2011, M. K. Narayanan visited the earth quake hit areas of Kurseong, Kalimpong and Darjeeling. He took the stock of the relief operations in Kalimpong 

In the serene landscapes of North Bengal, approximately 67 km from Siliguri, lies the captivating hill-town of Kalimpong. Accessible from both Siliguri and Darjeeling, the beautiful town entices visitors with its breathtaking valley vistas. It boasts an array of Buddhist monasteries, elegant churches, and vibrant Tibetan handicrafts, showcasing a tapestry of cultural influences. According to the Lepchas, the indigenous community, Kalimpong translates to ‘ridge where we play’, capturing the essence of joy and playfulness that pervades the town’s charming atmosphere.

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Thongsa Gompa, the oldest monastery of Kalimpong, resonates with echoes of centuries past. Its weathered walls hold the stories of countless prayers. Within its sacred halls, a tranquil ambiance offers solace and a glimpse into the wisdom of ancient traditions.

Thongsa Gompa, the oldest monastery of Kalimpong, holds a rich history. Although it was originally constructed in ancient times, it was later rebuilt in 1964. Locally referred to as Bhutanese Gompa, it is affiliated with the Nyingmapa sect. The monastery’s establishment came about after the Bhutanese captured the Kalimpong hills from the Chogyals of Sikkim and established a fort at Pedong. This sacred site stands as a testament to the dynamic interplay of historical events and religious traditions, making it a significant landmark in Kalimpong’s cultural tapestry.