M. O. H. Farook

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M.O.H. Farook
18th Governor of Kerala
In office
8 September 2011 – 26 January 2012
Chief MinisterOommen Chandy
Preceded byR. S. Gavai
Succeeded byHansraj Bhardwaj
6th Governor of Jharkhand
In office
22 January 2010 – 4 September 2011[1]
Chief MinisterShibu Soren
Arjun Munda
Preceded byKateekal Sankaranarayanan
Succeeded bySyed Ahmed
3rd Chief Minister of Puducherry
In office
16 March 1985 – 19 January 1989
Lieutenant GovernorTribhuvan Prasad Tiwary,
Ranjit Singh Dyal
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded byPresident's rule
In office
17 March 1969 – 3 January 1974
Lieutenant GovernorB. D. Jatti,
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded bySubramanyan Ramaswamy
In office
9 April 1967 – 6 March 1968
Lieutenant GovernorS. L. Silam,
B. D. Jatti
Preceded byV. Venkatasubha Reddiar
Succeeded byV. Venkatasubha Reddiar
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) for Pondicherry
In office
Preceded byS. Arumugam
Succeeded byM. Ramadass
In office
Preceded byP. Shanmugam
Succeeded byS. Arumugam
Personal details
Born6 September 1937
Pondicherry, French India
Died26 January 2012(2012-01-26) (aged 74)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Political partyIndian National Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Alma materLoyola College, Chennai

M. O. Hasan Farook Maricar (6 September 1937 – 26 January 2012) was a three-time Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. He was the youngest chief minister of any Union Territory of India. He served from 9 April 1967 to 6 March 1968 and 17 March 1969 to 3 January 1974 and from 1985 to 1990 [2] He was thrice elected to the Lok Sabha from Pondicherry in 1991, 1996 and 1999 and served as a Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Tourism during June 1991 – December 1992. He participated in the struggle for liberation of Pondicherry as a student, during 1953–54 when Pondicherry was a French colony and served as a Member of the Central Haj Committee in Mumbai from 1975 to 2000.[3] He was appointed the Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in September 2004.[4]


Farook was appointed Governor of Jharkhand in 2010[5] and of Kerala in 2011.[6][7]


He died in office on 26 January 2012 at 9:10 pm at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, due to multiple myeloma and kidney related ailments. He was 74 years old at the time of his death. He was the second governor who died in office, after Sikander Bakht, and is the shortest-served governor of Kerala.[8][9] He was hospitalised for more than a month, and his condition deteriorated in the days preceding his death. As he was near death, additional charge was given to the then Karnataka Governor Hansraj Bhardwaj. In his absence, the flag hoisting ceremony of Republic Day of India in Thiruvananthapuram was conducted by the then Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy. He was buried with full state honours at Puducherry Juma Masjid.


  1. ^ "New governor to take oath today". The Times of India. 4 September 2011. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  2. ^ "States of India since 1947 – Pondicherry (Puducherry)".
  3. ^ Farooq, Cgi Jeddah
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Governor of Jharkhand, Rediff 16 January 2010
  6. ^ M.O.H Farooq to be new Kerala Governor Archived 2 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Asianet India 25 August 2011
  7. ^ "K Rosaiah, Ram Naresh Yadav named governors". The Times of India. 27 August 2011. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Kerala Governor MOH Farook dies in Chennai". Daily Bhaskar. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Thirteenth Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile – SHRI M.O.H. Farook". Lok Sabha website. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
Government offices
Preceded by Chief Minister of Pondicherry
9 April 1967 – 6 March 1968
Succeeded by
V. Venkatasubha Reddiar
Preceded by
President's rule
Chief Minister of Pondicherry
17 March 1969 – 3 January 1974
Succeeded by
Preceded by
President's rule
Chief Minister of Pondicherry
16 March 1985 – 19 January 1989
Succeeded by
President's rule
Preceded by Governor of Jharkhand
22 January 2010 – 4 September 2011
Succeeded by
Syed Ahmed
Preceded by Governor of Kerala
8 September 2011 – 26 January 2012
Succeeded by
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