Career diplomat and former Governor of West Bengal, Gopalkrishna Gandhi has emerged as a dark horse for the upcoming Presidential polls. The United Opposition is trying to project him as its candidate and may also try to convince the BJP to back him.
It would be interesting to see whether BJP bites the Opposition bait or plans a strategy to divide them. TRS, Shiv Sena, BJD and a few other smaller parties hold the key to BJP’s plan to install a President of its choice.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari, is the son of Devadas Gandhi and Lakshmi Gandhi. He is the the younger brother of Rajmohan Gandhi, and the late Ramchandra Gandhi, and Smt. Tara Bhattacharjee (Gandhi).
Gopal Gandhi graduated with a master’s degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University. He joined IAS in 1968 and served in Tamil Nadu till 1985. Thereafter, he remained Secretary to Vice-President of India (1985 – 1987), Joint Secretary to President of India (1987 – 1992).
In 1992 he became Minister (Culture) in High Commission of India, UK and Director, The Nehru Centre, London, UK. He later served at various positions, including High Commissioner of India to South Africa and Lesotho (1996), Secretary to President of India (1997-2000), High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka (2000), and Ambassador of India to Norway, and Iceland (2002), before his retirement from IAS in 2003.
On 14 December 2004, he was appointed Governor of West Bengal and retired in 2009. Mr. Gopal Gandhi is currently Professor of History and Politics at Ashoka University.