Arnab Deka, Baron Deka
|The Right Honourable|
|1st Baron Deka|
17 June 2020 – 1 March 2021
|Prime Minister||Princess Anoushkaa|
Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
|Born||18 November 2002|
|Relations||Arpan Deka (brother)|
Lord Arnab Deka, 1st Baron Deka, also referred to as Lord Deka is a senior Vishwamitran politician and a former Minister in the union government of Vishwamitra and former Governor of the states of Purvanchal, Beltola and Madhya Prant. He served as the Minister of External Affairs under Prime Minister Dhrubajyoti Roy between 2016 and 2019.
Arnab Deka was introduced to the concept of micronationalism by his former schoolmate Dhrubajyoti Roy in early 2015. He joined Vishwamitra in May the same year and was soon assigned with duties in the nation. He was appointed as the Chief Minister of Uttar Guwahati on 10 July 2015 and served as the state's head of government until the dissolution of the position of state chief ministers by the government headed by Sarala Baishya in December the same year. He was inducted to the union cabinet headed by Prime Minister Sarala Baishya as the Minister of Culture on 6 December 2015 and remained in the position until 11 April 2016.
Following Dhrubajyoti Roy's becoming the nation's Prime Minister for the third time in April 2016, he was appointed as a Minister of State
He joined Vishwamitra, then known as the Children's Group as a citizen in 2015 and was soon appointed as the Chief Minister of Uttar Guwahati on 10 July 2015 and remained in office until the implementation of President's Rule in the state on 6 December 2015. Upon his setting as chief minister, he was appointed as the Minister of Culture under the cabinet of Prime Minister Sarala Baishya on 6 December 2015 and remained in that position until the dissolution of the parliament on 11 April 2016. He was re-inducted into the council of ministers under Dhrubajyoti Roy on 11 April 2016 as the Minister of State for Finance. Lot of people view his appointment as a junior minister as his displeasure or reluctance to join the council of ministers. He finally stepped down from the union council of ministers on 10 July 2016 and was re-appointed as the Chief Minister of Uttar Guwahati for a second term and he remained in that position until 2 October 2016. He was re-inducted into the union council of ministers on 2 October 2016 as the Minister of State for Culture.
Following the victory of Dhrubajyoti Roy-led Secular Party and Independent Party coalition in the 2016 December general election, he was appointed as the Minister of External Affairs on 30 December 2016 and he continued to remain in that position until 12 April 2017. During his tenure as the external affairs minister, he also hold charge of the portfolios of the Minister of Sanitation and Cleanliness Campaign and Social Justice.
Following the victory of Tanishkaa Patranabish in the 2017 general elections, he was appointed as the Governor of Brihattar Guwahati on 6 July 2017 by then President Dhrubajyoti Roy and was reappointed in the same capacity for a second term on 24 April 2018, making him the longest serving governor of the state of Purvanchal. On 4 February 2019, he was transferred as the Governor of Beltola for the remainder of his term, but was again transferred as the Governor of Madhya Guwahati on 20 July 2019. He remained as the governor of Madhya Guwahati until the expiration of his tenure on 2 September 2019, following which he was appointed as a union cabinet minister. He was inducted into the council of ministers on 2 September 2019, as the Minister of Human Resource Development and Law and Justice. In a reshuffle of the union cabinet on 29 September 2019, he retained the portfolio of the minister of human resource development. He was entrusted the additional charge of the Minister of Sanitation and Public Health on 30 September 2019.
Titles, styles and honours
- 1st Baron Deka (1 August 2021)
- Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the Vishwamitra (1 January 2021)
- Grand Commander of the Most Illustrious Royal Order of the Crown of Vishwamitra (15 April 2022)
- Recipient with two clasps of the Distinguished and Long Service Medal (15 April 2022)
- Recipient of the National Service Medal (15 April 2022)
- Recipient of the Civil Service Medal (15 April 2022)
- Recipient of the Medal "For Services to National Leader II" (30 April 2020)
- Recipient of the Investiture Medal of National Leader III (3 May 2020)
- Recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the First Anniversary of the Vishwamitran Monarchy (8 June 2021)
- Recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the Crystal Jubilee of the Foundation of Vishwamitra (15 April 2022)