Bishnu Chetry, Rajpramukh of Uttaranchal
His Majesty Bishnu Chetry (born 4 May 2001) is a senior Vishwamitran royal and former politician who is currently reigning as the Rajpramukh of Uttaranchal since 8 June 2020 and has also been the Chairman of the Conference of Rulers, the council comprising of the rulers of the states of Vishwamitra, since 1 August 2020. Prior to his accession to the throne of Uttaranchal, he had also served as the Vice President of the nation on several occasions and had also served in the council of ministries under various prime ministers holding numerous important portfolios. He was elected as the third Uparashtradhyaksh on 13 July 2022 and assumed the position on 20 July 2022 replacing Tanishkaa Patranabish who had stepped down from her duties.
Early and personal life
Bishnu Chetry was born on 4 May 2001 in Guwahati in the Indian state of Assam as the first of the two child of his parents. He has an younger sibling, Prince Manoj who is the current Crown Prince of Uttaranchal. He is a childhood friend of Rashtradhyaksh Dhrubajyoti Roy and the two have pursued their school and senior secondary education together. He is currently pursuing his graduation in technical education.
Bishnu Chetry became a citizen of the nation in June 2015 upon his introduction to micronationalism by his friend Dhrubajyoti Roy and was soon successful in rising through the ranks. On 2 October 2015, then Prime Minister Tanishkaa Patranabish nominated him to succeed Anoushkaa Patranabish as the Vice President following the expiration of her three years tenure. Following the constitutional amendment of 6 December 2015, he was re-nominated to serve as the Vice President for a consecutive second term in office. He was re-elected to the office of the Vice President for the third term on 21 March 2016 alongside Tanishkaa Patranabish who was elected as the President defeating incumbent Dhrubajyoti Roy. His tenure as Vice President came to an end on 29 May 2016 after his decision not to contest the election. He was succeeded by Arnab Sil as the Vice President.
Following his stepping down as Vice President on 29 May 2016, he was inducted into the union council of ministers as Minister of Finance under prime minister Dhrubajyoti Roy. He was allocated the additional duties of the Minister of Legal Affairs. In a cabinet reshuffle which took place on 2 October 2016, newly-inducted Deputy Prime Minister Tanishkaa Patranabish was appointed as the Minister of Finance in his place, while he was appointed as the Minister of Home Affairs. However, a constitutional crisis took place on 27 November 2016 which was caused by the sudden resignation of sitting Vice President Arnab Sil who intended to join politics. As the constitution did not mention any succession law for the office of the vice president, then union government under prime minister Dhrubajyoti Roy unanimously nominate him for the office of the Vice President for an interim tenure. He continued to serve as acting Vice President until his election to the office on 27 January 2017. He also discharged the functions of the Acting President on 11 and 12 April 2017 following the resignation of incumbent President Sarala Baishya and until the appointment of Dhrubajyoti Roy as the President. He then continued to serve as the Vice President until his resignation on 22 July 2017 in order to return to the politics.
Following his stepping down as Vice President, he was nominated as a cabinet minister in the council of ministers of Prime Minister Tanishkaa Patranabish on 6 August 2017. He was appointed as the Minister of Human Resource Development, a bulk-ministry formed by merging of several important portfolios. He continued to serve in the same capacity in the cabinets of Dhrubajyoti Roy between 25 December 2017 and 14 May 2018. In the aftermath of the constitutional coup of 13 May 2018, he was nominated as the Cabinet Secretary by Supreme Leader Dhrubajyoti Roy in the council of ministers of President Tanishkaa Patranabish. He was appointed as the Minister of Defence and Cabinet Affairs when the executive cabinet under the presidency of Dhrubajyoti Roy was formed on 12 October 2018.
Bishnu Chetry was re-appointed as the Cabinet Minister of Home Affairs under Prime Minister Tanishkaa Patranabish on 7 January 2019 and was subsequently appointed as a Deputy Prime Minister on 17 March 2019 alongside Arnab Sil. On 14 July 2019, he alongside his deputy prime-ministerial colleague Arnab Sil was jointly appointed as Senior Ministers and was also moved from the home ministry to the defence ministry. In a cabinet reshuffle on 6 August, he was appointed as the Minister of External Affairs. On 29 September 2019, he was appointed as a Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs. In November the same year, he was again appointed as Minister of External Affairs and relinquished his duties as the Home Minister. However, on the eve of the law and order breakdown of 12 December 2019, he was re-appointed as the Minister of Home Affairs with the additional duties of the Minister of Law and Justice.
On 10 January 2020, he was appointed as Second Deputy Prime Minister with the charge of the Ministry of External Affairs, Commonwealth Affairs and International Relations. He was not appointed as a minister in the caretaker government of Anoushkaa Patranabish which was formed on 3 March 2020 and was therefore named as an Advisor to the President with a rank equivalent to a cabinet minister. But three days later, on 9 March 2020, he was inducted as a Deputy Prime Minister for Home Affairs in the same cabinet. With Tanishkaa Patranabish's re-election as Prime Minister on 22 March 2020, he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister for External Affairs and Health.
He entrusted with bigger duties when Tanishkaa Patranabish became President on 1 May 2020 following the resignation of Dhrubajyoti Roy. He was appointed as a Senior Minister, a position equivalent to the de facto head of government and was also the leader of the house and was responsible for home affairs. He also served as a member of the Council of State between 2019 and 2020.
Bishnu Chetry was nominated as the Rajpramukh of Uttaranchal state on 8 June 2020 with the establishment of the monarchy in the nation. Since 1 August 2020, he has also been serving as the Chairman of the Conference of Rulers, the council comprising of all the rulers of the states of the nation. As the chairman of the conference of rulers, he had also served as the regent between 26 and 27 January 2022 during the period of disposition of the Rashtradhyaksh.
On 13 July 2022, Bishnu Chetry was elected by the Conference of Rulers as the third Uparashtradhyaksh in order to succeed Tanishkaa Patranabish who relinquished her duties on 20 July 2022. Following Patranabish relinquishing her duties on 20 July 2022, Bishnu Chetry assumed the duties as Uparashtradhyaksh on 20 July 2022.
Titles, styles, and honours
Bishnu Chetry of Uttaranchal
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Titles and styles
- 2 October 2015 – 8 June 2020: His Excellency Shri Bishnu Chetry
- 8 June 2020 – 4 August 2021: His Royal Highness The Rajpramukh of Uttaranchal
- 4 August 2021 – 20 July 2022: His Exalted Highness The Rajpramukh of Uttaranchal
- 20 July 2022 – present: His Majesty The Uparashtradhyaksh of Vishwamitra and Rajpramukh of Uttaranchal
His Majesty Rashtriya Nayak Shri Bishnu Chetry, S.U.K., D.K., D.K.P., D.K. I (Purvanchal), D.K. I (Beltola), D.K. (Madhya Prant), D.K. I (Kamrupa), D.S.U.U., D.S.U.K., D.U.R.D., S.U.R.K., D.S., S.P.D.S., R.S.P., P.R.S., C.S.P., Commander of the Order of William I of Gradonia, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Auspicious and Exalted Order of the Royal House of Helmond-Bernhard of Queensland, Grand Officer of the Order of the Golden Sun of Melite, Knight Grand Collar of the Most Blessed Order of the Loyalty Defender of the State Carl Gustaf City of Carl Gustaf Province, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Blessed Order of the Star of Edinburgh City of Edinburgh Province, Honorary Member of the Most Valiant Order of Excellence of Queenslandian Capital Territory, Uparashtradhyaksh, Rajpramukh of Uttaranchal, Sovereign of the Royal Orders of Uttaranchal.
Awards and recognition
He has been awarded:
Honours of Uttaranchal
- Founder Sovereign and Grand Knight of the Most Eminent Royal Family Order of Uttaranchal (DK, 4 May 2022)
- Founder Sovereign and Grand Knight of the Most Honourable Order of Uttaranchal (DSUU, 4 May 2022)
Vishwamitran and its states
- Friends Society:
- Collar of the Most Esteemed Supreme Order of the Hibiscus (SUK, 25 October 2022)
- Recipient of the Royal Vishwamitran Chain (2 June 2022)
- Recipient 2nd Class of the Distinguished and Long Service Medal (SPDS, 15 April 2022)
- Recipient of the National Service Medal (PRS, 15 April 2021)
- Recipient of the Royal Service Medal (RSP, 15 April 2022)
- Recipient of the Civil Service Medal (CSP, 15 April 2022)
- Recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the 20th Birthday of the First Prime Minister (11 November 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)
- Recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the 21st Birthday of Rashtradhyaksh Dhrubajyoti Roy (11 January 2023)
- Former honours
- Royal Knight of the Most Exalted Royal Family Order of Vishwamitra (15 April 2021 – 24 October 2022)
- Grand Cross with Collar of the Most Honourable Order of the Lotus (5 July 2020 – 24 October 2022)
- Knight of the Most Auspicious Order of the Sanghamitra (18 October 2020 – 24 October 2022)
- Grand Cordon of the Most Illustrious Royal Order of the Crown of Vishwamitra (24 February 2021 – 24 October 2022)
- Grand Cordon of the Most Excellent Order of the Vishwamitra (10 August 2020 – 24 October 2022)
- Former Grand Master of the Most Distinguished Order of Loyalty to the Royal Family of Vishwamitra (20 July – 24 October 2022)
- Grand Commander of the Most Gallant Order of Mahabali Karthika Padaka (23 January 2021 – 24 October 2022)
- Member Special Class of the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit (20 July – 24 October 2022)
- Companion of the Order for Merit and Public Service (20 July – 24 October 2022)
- State honours
- Knight of the Most Esteemed Order of the Royal Family of Kamrupa (DK I, 22 March 2021)
- Commander Grand Cross of the Premier and Exalted Order of Kamrupa (DSUK, 2 November 2021)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the State of Kamrupa (SURK, 22 March 2021)
- Commander Grand Knight of the Premier and Exalted Order of Kamrupa (DPUK, 22 February 2021)
- Knight Grand Companion of the Most Esteemed Supreme Order of the Royal House of Purvanchal (DKP, 2 January 2023)
- Knight Companion of the Most Esteemed Supreme Order of the Royal House of Purvanchal (DPP, 4 July 2021)
- Grand Knight of the Most Noble Royal Family Order of Purvanchal (DK I, 7 September 2020)
- Grand Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of the Rajpramukh Dhrubajyoti Roy (DURD, 12 February 2022)
- Member of the Most Eminent Order of Loyalty and Faithful Service (13 August 2021)
- Territorial honours
- Knight of the Most Noble Order of St. Peter (24 December 2021 – 10 October 2022, relinquished)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Most Exalted Order of the Royal House of Helmond-Bernhard (9 September 2021)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Most Esteemed Order of the Murraya (2 January 2023)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Royal Order of the Queen Elizabeth of Merit (6 April 2022)
- Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of Queen Elizabeth II (2 January 2022)
- State honours
- Carl Gustaf Province:
- Knight Grand Collar of the Most Blessed Order of the Loyalty Defender of the State Carl Gustaf City (26 November 2022)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Most Esteemed Order of the Defender of State of Carl Gustaf City (12 February 2022)
- Companion of the Most Esteemed Carl Gustaf Supreme Order of Merit (12 February 2022)
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Royal House of Sildavia (23 December 2021 – 10 October 2022, relinquished)
- Recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the First Anniversary of the Relation Vishwamitra-Sildavia (18 September 2021 – 10 October 2022, relinquished)
- Recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the First Queen's Day (23 December 2021 – 10 October 2022, relinquished)
- Recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the Cotton Jubilee (17 February – 10 October 2022, relinquished)
Ribbon bars of the orders and decorations that are worn regularly by the Rajpramukh of Uttaranchal are noted in accordance with customary Vishwamitran conventions applicable to the occasion, the location and to the form of dress worn. The ribbon bars are worn according to the protocol and the precedence of the wear as issued by the Chancellery of the orders. It is to note that the ribbons of the foreign honours are worn below the national and state honours of Vishwamitra.
Standards and arms
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