In pictures: A day in Srinagar with L-G Manoj Sinha, who is set to complete a year in office

Manoj Sinha has earned a reputation of being a ‘no-nonsense L-G’. As he completes a year in August, ThePrint catches up with him at the Raj Bhawan in Srinagar.

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha working at his office | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, who has earned the reputation of being “a no-nonsense L-G” comes across as an earnest yet lighthearted person. He is pragmatic, knows what he wants, and is stern with his bureaucrats when it comes to delivery of services.

ThePrint visited his official residence, the Raj Bhawan, nestled among lush green patches of land, with hills and a lake in the backdrop, to capture glimpses of Sinha’s day through pictures.

He aims to achieve as much as possible in the time he is holding office. But during his free time, Sinha loves a good vegetarian meal, followed by a walk in either his lobby area or the lawn.

His work days are long and hectic. Swift to clear files, he pushes officials on execution and delivery, and is open to meeting locals who approach him with their problems.

In an exclusive interview to ThePrint, he said “Kashmir is changing”.

In the “New Kashmir”, he said stone-pelting Fridays have become history, investors are queuing up with proposals, many developmental projects have kicked off, the unemployment rate has halved in one year, and thousands of young, aspiring entrepreneurs are availing of the government’s financial assistance schemes.

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha at his residence, the Raj Bhawan | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Manoj Sinha was appointed J&K Lieutenant Governor in 2020. Prior to that, he was Minister of State for Railways in 2014 and Minister of Communications in 2016 in the Modi government | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Manoj Sinha will complete a year as the L-G of Jammu and Kashmir in August | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sinha offering prayers at his residence | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sinha succeeded G.C. Murmu as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The L-G at work in his room | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
At the dining table for a meal | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The Lieutenant Governor gives instructions to one of his personal assistants | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Work continues | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
L-G Sinha’s balcony with a hill view | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Manoj Sinha has earned the reputation of being ‘a no-nonsense L-G’ | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint