Bishakha Das

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Princess Bishakha of Purvanchal
Her Serene Highness, Senior Princess of Purvanchal
Governor of Uttaranchal
Assumed office
5 November 2023
MonarchVaruna Sriraya
RajpramukhBishnu Chetry
Prime MinisterFarhaz Hazarika
Preceded byReshmi Hazarika
Chief Commissioner of Chandrabans
(Crown Representative until 4 November 2023)
Assumed office
22 November 2020
MonarchVaruna Sriraya
Chief Minister of Purvanchal
In office
4 July 2022 – 28 November 2022
MonarchVaruna Sriraya
RegentPrincess Sarala
Preceded byPosition re-created
Succeeded byShivangi Roy
Former gubernatorial offices
Governor of Basistha
In office
17 March 2023 – 28 May 2023
MonarchVaruna Sriraya
RajpramukhAnoushkaa Patranabish
Prime MinisterFarhaz Hazarika
Preceded byPosition re-created
Succeeded byBhargab Jyoti Medhi
Governor of Beltola
In office
28 May 2023 – 14 July 2023
MonarchVaruna Sriraya
RajpramukhTanishkaa Patranabish
Prime MinisterFarhaz Hazarika
Preceded byPrince Abhiraj
Succeeded byRajdeep Deka
Governor of Kamrupa
In office
14 July 2023 – 12 August 2023
MonarchVaruna Sriraya
RajpramukhAnirban Phatowali
Prime MinisterFarhaz Hazarika
Preceded byRajdeep Deka
Succeeded byBhargab Jyoti Medhi
Cabinet ministerial offices
Minister of Culture
In office
24 November 2019 – 9 December 2019
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Preceded bySelf as MoS (I/C)
Succeeded byNishwan Baidantic
In office
3 January 2020 – 30 April 2020
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Anoushkaa Patranabish
Tanishkaa Patranabish
In office
6 March 2021 – 11 September 2021
Prime MinisterȘtefan Marius Snagoveanu
Preceded byPosition vacant
Succeeded byJayden Dagsa, MoS (I/C)
Minister of Skill Development
In office
26 November 2019 – 9 December 2019
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Succeeded byAbhirup Patranabis, MoS (I/C)
Minister of Social Services
In office
9 December 2019 – 24 December 2019
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Minister of Inter-State Cooperation
In office
9 December 2019 – 3 January 2020
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Preceded byRajia Hazarika, MoS (I/C)
Succeeded byArpan Deka, MoS (I/C)
Minister of Culture, Media and Social Services
In office
24 December 2019 – 3 January 2020
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
In office
3 January 2020 – 30 April 2020
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Anoushkaa Patranabish
Tanishkaa Patranabish
Minister of Royal Household Affairs
In office
17 June 2020 – 1 March 2021
Prime MinisterPrincess Anoushkaa
Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu
Preceded byMinistry created
Succeeded byPosition vacant
In office
6 March 2021 – 21 October 2021
Prime MinisterȘtefan Marius Snagoveanu
Farhaz Hazarika
Preceded byPosition vacant
Succeeded byPosition vacant
In office
12 May 2022 – 11 June 2022
Prime MinisterFarhaz Hazarika
Succeeded byMinistry abolished
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources
In office
11 September 2021 – 21 October 2021
Prime MinisterFarhaz Hazarika
Preceded byMatthew Xia, MoS (I/C)
Succeeded byPatrick Kenny
Minister of Social Issues and Citizens Welfare
In office
12 May 2022 – 11 June 2022
Prime MinisterFarhaz Hazarika
State ministerial offices
Minister of State of Culture
In office
11 April 2016 – 12 April 2017
Prime MinisterVaruna Sriraya
Sarala Baishya
Preceded byAnirban Phatowali
Succeeded byManoj Chetry
In office
5 July 2017 – 6 August 2017
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Preceded byManoj Chetry
In office
7 January 2019 – 17 March 2019
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Preceded byPosition vacant
Succeeded byDebika Deka Pator Sarma
Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Prime Minister's Office
In office
30 December 2016 – 12 April 2017
Prime MinisterVaruna Sriraya
Sarala Baishya
Preceded byAbhiraj Kar
Succeeded byJemina Hazarika
In office
8 September 2017 – 13 May 2018
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Varuna Sriraya
Preceded byJemina Hazarika
Succeeded byPosition abolished
In office
7 January 2019 – 16 November 2019
Prime MinisterTanishkaa Patranabish
Preceded byPosition re-created
Succeeded byAbhirup Patranabis
Bornc. 2013 (age 11)
Names
Bishakha Biswajit Mitra Das
HouseSridasa
FatherPrince Biswajit
MotherPrincess Consort Momita
RelativesPrincess Krishna (aunt)
Varuna Sriraya (cousin)
Prince Abhiraj (cousin)

Her Serene Highness Princess Bishakha, born Bishakha Das (Hindi: विशाखा दास, Bengali: বিশাখা দাস, in 2013), is a member of the House of Sriraya and a senior politician belonging to the ruling National People's Congress and a sitting member of the Lok Sabha. She is a former union cabinet minister having served under the premiership of various prime ministers holding numerous important portfolios including that of Culture, Information and Broadcasting, Social Welfare, etc.

Apart from serving at the union cabinet, she has also been the Administrator of the crown dependency of Chandrabans since its annexation on 22 November 2021 and has also been the first Chief Minister of Purvanchal between July and November 2022. She is currently serving as the Governor of Uttaranchal since 4 November 2023 and as the Grand Chamberlain of the Royal Household since 12 August 2023. Prior to that, she has also served as the governor of the states of Beltola, Basistha and Kamrupa.

Personal life

Princess Bishakha was born in 2013. She is the first cousin of Rashtradhyaksh Varuna Sriraya and Prince Abhiraj.

Career

She is currently serving as the Minister of Royal Household Affairs since 17 June 2020. She was appointed as the His Majesty's Crown Representative of Chandrabans, following the annexation of the territory on 22 December 2020.

Positions held

Positions From To
Minister of State for Culture 11 April 2016 12 April 2017
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting 10 July 2016 2 October 2016
Minister of State for Finance
Minister of State for Salaries
13 November 2016 30 December 2016
Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Prime Minister's Office 30 December 2016 5 July 2017
Minister of State for General Administration 30 December 2016 12 April 2017
Minister of State for Law and Justice
Minister of State for Regional Affairs
Minister of State for All Party Affairs
12 April 2017 5 July 2017
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Group Members Development 5 July 2017 8 September 2017
Minister of State for Finance 5 July 2017 13 May 2018
Minister of State for Culture 5 July 2017 6 August 2017
Minister of State for Human Resource Development 6 August 2017 8 September 2017
Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Prime Minister's Office 8 September 2017 13 May 2018
Parliamentary Secretary to the Chancellor of the Treasury 14 May 2018 12 October 2018
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Regional and State Affairs
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs
Assistant Minister in the President's Office
12 October 2018 6 January 2019
Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Prime Minister's Office 7 January 2019 16 November 2019
Minister of State for Culture 7 January 2019 17 March 2019
Minister of State for Finance 7 January 2019 16 July 2019
Minister of State for Home Affairs
Minister of State for Cooperation and Regional Development
16 July 2019 2 September 2019
Minister of State for Finance 2 September 2019 15 October 2019
Minister of State for National Development 2 September 2019 29 September 2019
Minister of State for Personnel, Appointments and Administrative Reforms 15 October 2019 16 November 2019
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture
Minister of State for Finance
Minister of State for Economics and Statistics
16 November 2019 24 November 2019
Minister in the President's Office
Assistant Minister for Finance
24 November 2019 26 November 2019
Minister of Culture 24 November 2019 9 December 2019
Minister of Skill Development 26 November 2019 9 December 2019
Minister of Social Services 9 December 2019 24 December 2019
Minister of Inter-State Cooperation 9 December 2019 3 January 2020
Minister of Culture, Media and Social Services 24 December 2019 3 January 2020
Minister of Culture
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
3 January 2020 30 April 2020
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture 13 May 2020 17 June 2020
Minister of State in the President's Office 13 May 2020 7 June 2020
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Minister of State assigned with the Uparashtradhyaksh
8 June 2020 17 June 2020
Senior Minister of State
Minister assigned in the Prime Minister's office
Special Minister responsible for Royal Affairs
17 June 2020 28 January 2021
Minister of Royal Household 28 January 2021 1 March 2021
Minister of Culture
Minister of Royal Household Affairs
6 March 2021 9 September 2021
Minister of the Royal Household
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources
11 September 2021 21 October 2021
Private Secretary to the Rashtradhyaksh 17 March 2022 12 May 2022
Minister of Royal Household Affairs
Minister of Social Issues and Citizens Welfare
12 May 2022 11 June 2022
Chief Minister of Purvanchal 4 July 2022 28 November 2022
Governor of Basistha 17 March 2023 28 May 2023
Governor of Beltola 28 May 2023 14 July 2023
Governor of Kamrupa 14 July 2023 12 August 2023
Governor of Uttaranchal 5 November 2023 29 March 2024
Minister of Residential Citizens Welfare
Minister assisting the Prime Minister
29 March 2024 Incumbent

Titles, styles and honours

Styles of
Princess Bishakha
Reference styleHer Serene Highness
Spoken styleYour Serene Highness
Alternative styleMa'am

Titles and styles

  • 8 June 2020 – 4 January 2021: Her Royal Highness Princess Bishakha
  • 4 January 2021 – 31 July 2021: Her Serene Highness Princess Bishakha of Purvanchal
  • 31 July 2021 – present: Her Serene Highness The Princess Khimukarajakumari

Her full style and title is: Her Serene Highness Princess Bishakha, the Princess Khimukarajakumari, Princess of Purvanchal.

Honours

National honours

Dynastic honours

Foreign honours

Queenslandian state honours

References