The Raj Niwas at Pondicherry is presently the official residence of the Lieutenant Government of Pondicherry. It translates to Government abode in Hindi. Raj Niwas was once the official residence of the French Governor of Pondicherry, Joseph Francois Dupleix.
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Raj Niwas is a place of much historical importance and has witnessed the socio-political and cultural changes in Pondicherry along the course of the centuries. The current resident of the Raj Niwas is the present Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry, Dr Iqbal Singh.