Appointed as the new governor of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday, Brigadier BD Mishra in his illustrious career has served the nation for more than 30 years, beginning as a permanent regular infantry officer in December, 1961. Born on July 20 in 1939, BD Mishra played pivotal role in the 1993 Raja Sansi Airfield hijack where he was the commander of NSG (Black Cat Commandos) Counter Hijack Task Force that assaulted the hijacked aircraft of Indian Airlines and successfully executed the rescue operation. All 124 travellers along with crew members were rescued after neutralizing the hijackers without any casualties. Mishra after the successful operation received the Prime Minister’s appreciation.

BD Mishra as an Indian Army veteran served the nation during the Sino-Indian war also known as Sino-Indian Border Conflict in 1962, the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war and the India-Pakistan war of 1965. Serving the nation in various wars and operational roles, BD Mishra played crucial role against the Naga insurgents in Nagaland from 1963 to 1964.

He was influential in fighting against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) , where he was the Leading Brigade Commander of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Jaffna, Vavunia and Trincomalee in Sri Lanka from 1987 to 1988. In addition he volunteered for the 1999 Kargil War after his retirement.

In education, Dr. Mishra acquired an MA degree from Allahabad University; he has done MSc from Madras University and PhD from Jiwaji University in Gwalior. The retired Army Brigadier has an impressive five years’ post-graduate and graduate level teaching experience in College of Combat at MHOW and in Defence Services Staff College at Wellington.

BD Mishra after his appointment said that his aim would be to preserve, protect Constitution and the law. “Great that I have been given this responsibility, my aim would be to preserve, protect Constitution and the law,” Mishra told a news agency. He will be taking over the responsibilities from Padmanabha Acharya, who is currently the Governor of Nagaland.