Gopalkrishna Gandhi Age, Biography, Wife, Family, Facts & More

Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Real NameGopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi
ProfessionRetired IAS Officer and Diplomat
Major Designations• In 1968, became an IAS Officer of Tamil Nadu Cadre.
• From 1968 to 1985, served the Tamil Nadu Government in different capacities.
• From 1985 to 1987, remained Secretary to Vice-President of India.
• In 1992, became Minister (Culture) in High Commission of India, UK and Director, The Nehru Centre, London, UK.
• In 1996, served as High Commissioner of India to South Africa and Lesotho.
• From 1997 to 2000, remained Secretary to President of India.
• In 2000, High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka.
• In 2002, served as Ambassador of India to Norway, and Iceland.
• In 2003, retired from IAS.
• On 14 December 2004, appointed Governor of West Bengal.
• From December 2011 to May 2014, served as the Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai.
• From 5 March 2012 to May 2014, served as the chairman of governing body of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and President of its society.
• On 11 July 2017, he became Opposition's choice for Vice President of India.
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 75 kg
in Pounds- 165 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth22 April 1946
Age (as in 2017)71 Years
Birth PlaceDelhi, British India
Zodiac sign/Sun signTaurus
HometownDelhi, India
SchoolNot Known
CollegeSt. Stephen's College, Delhi University
Educational QualificationsA Master's Degree in English Literature from St. Stephen's College of Delhi University
FamilyFather- Devdas Gandhi (Journalist)
Mother- Lakshmi Gandhi
Brothers- Rajmohan Gandhi (a biographer and a research professor), Ramchandra Gandhi (an Indian philosopher)
Sister- Tara Bhattacharjee (Gandhi)
Paternal Grandfather- Mahatma Gandhi
Maternal Grandfather- C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji)
HobbiesReading, Travelling
Major ControversiesWhile delivering a lecture at the 15th D P Kohli Memorial, he made a controversial comment on CBI. He said, "[The CBI] is seen as the government's hatchet, rather than honesty's ally. It is often called DDT — meaning not the dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane, the colourless, tasteless, odourless insecticide it should be, but the department of dirty tricks."
Favourite Things
Favourite LeaderMahatma Gandhi
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
WifeTara Gandhi
ChildrenSon- None
Daughters- 2
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)Not Known

Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Some Lesser Known Facts About Gopalkrishna Gandhi

  • Does Gopalkrishna Gandhi smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Gopalkrishna Gandhi drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • He was born in Delhi to the Great Gandhi Family.
  • His grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, is the most revered figure in India and has been given the sobriquet of “Father of Nation.”
  • After completing his Master’s in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University, he started preparing for the Civil Services and cleared the UPSC Examination in 1968.
  • He has served in different capacities both in India and abroad.
  • On 11 July 2017, the Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien proposed Mr. Gandhi’s name for the vice-presidential race, which was thereafter unanimously accepted.