Margaret Alva

Governor of the Indian state of Rajasthan

Margaret Alva (née Nazareth; born 14 April 1942) is an Indian politician. Alva was the 17th Governor of Goa, 23rd Governor of Gujarat, 20th Governor of Rajasthan and 4th Governor of Uttarakhand.

Margaret Alva
Margaret Alva in 2006
17th Governor of Goa
In office
12 July 2014 – 7 August 2014
Chief MinisterManohar Parrikar
Preceded byBharat Vir Wanchoo
Succeeded byOm Prakash Kohli
23rd Governor of Gujarat
In office
7 July 2014 – 15 July 2014
Chief MinisterAnandiben Patel
Preceded byKamla Beniwal
Succeeded byOm Prakash Kohli
20th Governor of Rajasthan
In office
12 May 2012 – 5 August 2014
Chief MinisterAshok Gehlot
Preceded byShivraj Patil
Succeeded byRam Naik (Additional Charge)
4th Governor of Uttarakhand
In office
6 August 2009 – 14 May 2012
Chief Minister
Preceded byBanwari Lal Joshi
Succeeded byAziz Qureshi
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byAnant Kumar Hegde
Succeeded byAnant Kumar Hegde
Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
In office
26 June 1991 – 26 May 1996
Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports
In office
26 May 1985 – 26 May 1989
Prime MinisterRajiv Gandhi
Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs
In office
25 July 1984 – 25 July 1985
Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
In office
25 July 1993 – 25 July 1996
Prime MinisterP. V. Narasimha Rao
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
25 July 1974–25 July 1998
Personal details
Margaret Nazareth

(1942-04-14) 14 April 1942 (age 82)
Mangalore, Madras Presidency, British India
(present-day Mangaluru, Karnataka, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Niranjan Alva
(m. 1964; died 2018)
Children3 son(s) and 1 daughter
ResidenceNew Delhi
Alma materMt. Carmel College and Government Law College, Bangalore

In July 2022, the United Progressive Alliance nominated her as its vice presidential nominee in the 2022 election.[2] She lost the election to Jagdeep Dhankhar the following month.


  1. "Niranjan Thomas Alva passes away". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 7 April 2018.
  2. "Ex-union minister Margaret Alva is Opposition's vice presidential candidate". The Indian Express. 2022-07-17. Retrieved 2022-07-17.