C. V. Ananda Bose Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 72 Years
Hometown: Mannanam, Kottayam, Kerala
Wife: L S Lakshmi

C. V. Ananda Bose

Profession(s)Politician, Former Civil Servant
Famous forBeing appointed as the twenty-second governor of West Bengal
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 167 cm
in meters- 1.67 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack (semi-bald)
Political PartyBharatiya Janata Party
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Note: He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019.
Civil Service
ServiceIndian Administrative Service (IAS)
Retirement20 September 2011
Major Designation(s)• Assistant Collector, Kasargod (1 July 1979- 1 June 1980)
• Sub Collector, Kasargod (1 June 1980- 1 October 1981)
• Joint General Manager in Finance Department (1 October 1981- 1 September 1982)
• Deputy Secretary in Planning Department (1 September 1982- 1 January 1984)
• Deputy Secretary in Welfare Department (1 January 1984- 1 April 1985)
• District Collector of Kollam (1 April 1985- 1 July 1987)
• Managing Director (Industries) (1 July 1987- 1 January 1988)
• Secretary in Revenue Department (1 January 1988- 1 July 1990)
• Secretary to Chief Minister in General Administration Department (1 March 1991- 1 March 1995)
• Secretary to Chief Minister in Home Department (1 July 1991- 1 March 1995)
• Director of Housing & Urban Dev Department and Kerala State Nirmithi Kendra (1 March 1995- 1 March 1999)
• Secretary of Kerala Labour Department (1 March 1999- 1 October 2001)
• Chairman & Managing Director of Kerala State Transport Corporation (1 October 2001- 5 January 2002)
• Secretary of Administrative Reforms and General Administration (1 August 2002- 26 September 2002)
• Secretary of Parliamentary Affairs (26 September 2002- 29 November 2002)
• Secretary of Youth Affairs (29 November 2002- 16 January 2003)
• Secretary of SC/ST Welfare (16 January 2003- 16 July 2003)
• Secretary of Administrative Reforms (6 March 2003- 16 July 2003)
• Principal Secretary of Higher Education Department (16 July 2003- 14 June 2004)
• Principal Secretary of Forest & Wild Life Department of Thiruvananthapuram (17 September 2004- 1 April 2005)
• Joint Secretary of Atomic Energy (Mumbai City) (1 April 2005- 12 January 2008)
• Additional Secretary of Agriculture & Cooperation (12 January 2008- 14 September 2009)
• Managing Director of Agriculture & Cooperation, NAFED, New Delhi (14 September 2009- 21 September 2010)
• Administrator (Additional Secretary Equivalent) of Culture Affairs of National Museum (22 September 2010- 14 January 2011)
• Administrator (Secretary Equivalent) of Culture Affairs of National Museum (1 February 2011- 20 September 2011)
Awards, Honours, Achievements • National Special Habitat Award instituted by the Government of India and HUDCO for outstanding contributions to Housing in India (1989)
C. V. Ananda Bose receiving an award
• Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship awarded by Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, New Delhi, for Habitat Management (1994)
• Finalist of the World Habitat Awards (1994)
• UN-Habitat Global Best Practice for Building Centre Movement (1996)
• Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Award Instituted by Diwaliben Mehta Charitable Trust (1996)
• Dr. Pam Davar Award Instituted by Siri Ram Washeshran Devi Bhatia Memorial Charitable Trust (1997)
• Gold Medal by Management Leadership Awards (TMA) (1997)
• Akshaya Award for outstanding contributions in promoting traditional architecture (Vastu) and heritage (1998)
• Overseas Literary Critics Awards (1999)
• Cities Asia Urban Green Management Excellence Award (2001)
• Bremen Partnership Award for efficient use of Natural Resources (2001)
• UN-Habitat Global Best Practice for GNN (Sustainable Habitat Development) (2002)
• Overseas Literary Critics Awards (2017)
• International Book Fair Awards (Sustainable Habitat Development) (2017)
• Lion Centennial Malia Jones Award (2018)
• Swathi Pratibha Puraskar (2018)
• Rajiv Gandhi National Award for Excellence in Management
• UNCHS – Awards for Excellence – Good Practice selection for transparent governance
• United Nations Global Best Practice
• Singapore Government Award for Urban Green Management Excellence
• First-ever Fellow of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie
Personal Life
Date of Birth2 January 1951 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2023)72 Years
BirthplaceMannanam, Kottayam, Kerala
Zodiac signCapricorn
HometownMannanam, Kottayam, Kerala
College/University• Kuriakose Elias College, Mannanam
• St. Berchmans College, Changanassery
• Ph. D. in Housing and Environment
Educational Qualification(s)• Graduation in English from Kuriakose Elias College, Mannanam [1]KE College
• Post-graduation in English from St. Berchmans College, Changanassery [2]The Hindu
• Ph. D. in Housing and Environment from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani [3]The New Indian Express
EthnicityMalayali [4]The Print
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseL S Lakshmi (manages her family-owned plantation)
C. V. Ananda Bose with his wife
ChildrenSon- A Vasudev Bose (pursuing an acting course at Stella Adler acting studio in Los Angeles as of 2022)
C. V. Ananda Bose with his wife and son
Daughter- Nanditha Bose (died in 2017 due to cancer)
ParentsFather- P K Vasudevan Pillai (Nair) (freedom fighter)
Mother- C Padmavathy Amma (former government official)
Family Tree of C. V. Ananda Bose
SiblingsBrother(s)- Er. C V Venugopalan Nair, Prof. C V Mohan Bose, Er. C V Sundara Bose, Adv. C V Sukumar Bose
Sister(s)- Prof. Omana Kunjamma, C V Komala Bose, C V Indira Bose
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)As the governor of West Bengal, C. V. Ananda Bose receives a monthly salary of Rs. 3, 50,000 (as of 2022).

C. V. Ananda Bose

Some Lesser Known Facts About C. V. Ananda Bose

  • C. V. Ananda Bose is an Indian politician and former civil servant. Ananda joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1977 from the Kerala cadre. As of 2022, he is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • An average student, Ananda grew up participating in various co-curricular activities in his school days.
  • While studying at college, Bose developed an interest in debating and participated in several inter-college debate and elocution competitions. He won around 100 debate competitions and bagged around 15 gold medals in debates.
  • He was considered one of the best speakers at Kerala University.
  • After pursuing a post-graduation degree in English, Ananda started working as an assistant professor in a central government college.
  • Simultaneously, he started preparing for bank exams. Within a few months, he passed the banking exam and got placed as a probationary officer at the State Bank of India, Kolkata.
  • He then decided to appear in the civil services examinations and became a 1977 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Kerala cadre.
  • He then went for his training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, where he topped several debates.
  • During his tenure as an IAS officer, Ananda initiated several innovative movements in the field of affordable housing, good governance, health care, science and technology, rural development, education, gender mainstreaming and communal harmony.
  • He also founded several institutions like Nirmithi Kendra (Building Centre), District Tourism Council, and Dhanvantri fair price shops for medicine, which were replicated at the national and global levels.
  • While serving as the sub-collector of Kasargod, Ananda introduced the Gramotsava program that helped in the time-bound development of rural areas. The Kerala government found the program to be effective and after officially evaluating it, decided to replicate the model in the entire rural sector of the state. The program was applied to around 200 panchayats in Kerala.
  • After his superannuation (as an IAS officer) in 2011, Bose was appointed Chairman of the Govt. of India Public Sector Undertakings, Central Warehousing Corporation & Central Rail side Warehouse Company Ltd.
  • He has also worked as the Chairman of the Habitat Alliance, in consultative status with UN Ecosoc.
  • Ananda Bose was once a member of the UN-Habitat Governing Council.
  • In 2018, he was appointed as an advisor to the Meghalaya government.
  • Bose entered politics in 2019 and became a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • Although he kept himself away from state politics, he networked with the national leaders.
  • In 2021, after the Bharatiya Janata Party failed to perform well at the Kerala Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought Ananda’s suggestions to revive the party in Kerala. A report for submitted for the same by Ananda, which did not go well with the existing leadership in Kerala.
  • On 17 November 2022, the President of India Droupadi Murmu named C. V. Ananda Bose as the twenty-second governor of West Bengal. Ananda assumed the office on 23 November 2022 and took over the responsibilities of the governor from Manipur Governor La Ganesan, the interim governor of West Bengal who assumed the additional charge as the governor of West Bengal on 18 July 2022 after Jagdeep Dhankhar (previous governor of West Bengal) was elected as the Vice-President of India.
  • Ananda Bose took the oath at Raj Bhavan in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Speaker Biman Banerjee, and other state ministries. The oath was administered to him by Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Prakash Shrivastava.

    C. V. Ananda Bose swearing in as the governor of West Bengal

    C. V. Ananda Bose swearing in as the governor of West Bengal

  • After taking the charge as the governor of West Bengal, C. V. Ananda addressed the media and said,

    I consider this as a great opportunity for me to know the great state firsthand, to interact with the people and be of some service to the people of West Bengal. I don’t see the governor’s post as a big position but as an opportunity to commit my service to the welfare of the people.”

  • C. V. Ananda Bose is well-versed in three languages- English, Hindi, and Malayalam.
  • He is very active in literary works and has published 45 books in Hindi, English, and Malayalam which consist of novels, short stories, poems, and essays.
  • Although a Malayali by birth, Ananda was given the Bengali surname ‘Bose’ after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by his father as his father was a great admirer of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
  • Bose is fond of the Bengali white rosogollas.
  • Ananda is the second civil service officer to become the governor of West Bengal during Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s tenure (2010-2014). The first one being M. K. Narayanan.
  • Post his retirement as an IAS officer, Ananda has put his efforts in upholding India’s heritage with his writings and media interviews. His efforts at social integration and mainstreaming of minorities has made perceptible impact in society.
  • Known widely for his mastery in oratory, Ananda Bose has addressed many prestigious global forums like the United Nations General Assembly, European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, and International Fusion Energy Organisation.
  • He was described as an ‘ace debater’ and ‘man of ideas’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as ‘an inspired civil servant’ by PM Manmohan Singh, and as ‘lord of ideas’ by the government of Kerala. He is also known as the ‘makeover man’ of the civil service.
  • According to some sources, during the lockdown period in India due to Covid-19, the labour ministry sought an action plan from Bose for the welfare of migrant workers.