85-year-old Biswa Bhusan Harichandan is a full-time governor for Andhra Pradesh State. He was sworn in by Praveen Kumar who is the current high court justice at Vijaywada’s Raj Bhavan, from where he will be operating. Andhra Pradesh in 2014 was divided into the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh by an Act of parliament and thus the governor acts as Andhra Pradesh first Governor since the division happened. The veteran whose career began in 1961, has served in the high court as well as the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He has also worked at the BJP and the Odisha State Unit.
He kept his family’s legacy of freedom fighting as he got arrested in 1975 for advocating against the suppression of Supreme Court judges. 1977 saw him get appointed as the country’s Law Cabinet Minister in addition to serving in various capacities at the Odisha cabinet. His outspokenness and profile as a writer have seen him address many issues that have been published in various Odisha newspapers over the years. On top of his autobiography, Sangar Sarinahin, he has written and published books such as Marubatash, Buxi Jagabandhu, Mahasangramar Mahanayak and Paika Mutiny. Given his record, it is expected that great things are on the way for Andhra Pradesh.