R. L. Bhatia

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Raghunandan Lal Bhatia
Bhatia in 2005
23rd Governor of Bihar
In office
10 July 2008 – 28 June 2009
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Preceded byR. S. Gavai
Succeeded byDevanand Konwar
16th Governor of Kerala
In office
23 June 2004 – 10 July 2008
Chief MinisterA. K. Antony
Oommen Chandy
V. S. Achuthanandan
Preceded byT. N. Chaturvedi
(Additional Charge)
Succeeded byR. S. Gavai
Personal details
Born(1920-07-03)3 July 1920
Amritsar, Punjab, British India
Died14 May 2021(2021-05-14) (aged 100)
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Parent(s)Arooramal Bhatia, Lal Devi Bhatia
Alma materUniversity of the Punjab

Raghunandan Lal Bhatia (3 July 1920 – 14 May 2021)[1][2] was an Indian politician. He was the Governor of Kerala from 23 June 2004 to 10 July 2008, and was the Governor of Bihar from 10 July 2008 to 28 June 2009. He signed the Border Peace and Tranquility Agreement with China on behalf of the Republic of India.


Bhatia was born to Arooramal Bhatia and Lal Devi Bhatia, in Amritsar, Punjab on 3 July 1920.[3] He graduated from the University of the Punjab in Lahore, and received an LLB. After this, he served as a member of the governing body of Amritsar for nine years.

Bhatia was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1972, from the Amritsar Parliamentary Constituency. He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency at the 1980, 1985, 1992, 1996 and 1999 elections as a member of the Indian National Congress. During this time he held several other posts as well. He was a member of the executive committee of Congress parliamentary party from 1975 to 1977, the Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India from July 1992 until 1993, the Chairman of the Committee of petitions in Lok Sabha in 1983, the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee 1982 through 1984, the General Secretary of AICC in 1991, and also a member of the select committee constituted in 1992 for the amendment of the constitution.

During his time in the Lok Sabha, Bhatia represented India as a delegate to the United Nations, and participated as a delegate in the 7th NAM summit held in Delhi, in March 1983, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in New Delhi in November 1983, the Sixth SAARC summit in Colombo in 1991, and the 5th meeting of coordinating countries of the action programme for economic cooperation of non-aligned countries held in Delhi in 1986.

Bhatia was also a member of the India Council for Cultural Relations from 1983 to 1984. He was chairman of the India Bulgaria Friendship Society from 1983 to 1990, and the Indo-GDR Friendship Association 1983 to 1990. He was also co-chairman of the All India Peace & Solidarity organization from 1981 to 1983, and the Vice President of Friends of Soviet Union from 1983 to 1984.

Following the death of Sikander Bhakt in 2004, Bhatia became the Governor of Kerala. After spending four years in that post, Bhatia was appointed Governor of Bihar on 26 June 2008, switching posts with Bihar Governor R. S. Gavai.[4] He was sworn in on 10 July 2008.[5] He left office in 2009, and led a private life.

Bhatia died from COVID-19 in 2021.[6]


  1. ^ "Bihar observes day-long state mourning for its former governor". Madan Kumar. The Times of India. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  2. ^ Ex-Union minister RL Bhatia dies of Covid-19 in Amritsar
  3. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha". loksabhaph.nic.in. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  4. ^ "R.S. Gavai is new Kerala Governor", The Hindu, 27 June 2008.
  5. ^ "New Governor R. L. Bhatia Sworn-in" Archived 4 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine, PatnaDaily.com, 10 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Congress veteran and six-time former Amritsar MP RL Bhatia dies of Covid at 100".
Government offices
Preceded by Governor of Kerala
23 June 2004 – 10 July 2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Bihar
10 July 2008 – 28 June 2009
Succeeded by