New Delhi, Jan 29: S Jaishankar took charge as foreign secretary on Thursday, a day after the government in a sudden decision curtailed the tenure of incumbent Sujatha Singh seven months before her term was to end.
Taking over his new job at South Block, where the ministry of external affairs is housed, Jaishankar said: "My priorities are the government's priorities."
Who is S Jaishankar?
- Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is an Indian Foreign Service officer of 1977 batch.
- He has been appointed as the foreign secretary of India for a tenure of two years.
- 60-year-old Jaishankar has an experience of over 36 years in the foreign service.
- He was India's ambassador to China from 2007 to 2009, as high commissioner to Singapore, and from 2001 to 2004 as ambassador to the Czech Republic.
- Jaishankar was appointed as India's ambassador to United States in September 2013. During this, he had played a key role in bridging the widening gulf in relations between the US and India and also played a major role in arranging Modi's visit to the US last September.
- He was one of the key officials who negotiated the nuclear deal with the US as joint secretary (Americas) from 2004 to 2007 in the ministry of external affairs.
- He was India's longest-serving ambassador to China, with a four-and-a-half year term. As ambassador to Beijing, Jaishankar was involved in improving economic, trade and cultural relations between China and India, and in managing the China-Indian border dispute.
- Jaishakar hails from an illustrious family of civil servants and is the son of Indian foreign policy doyen K. Subhramanyam.
- He was born in New Delhi. He completed his schooling from Air Force Central School, New Delhi and is a graduate of St Stephen's College (Delhi University)
- He has an MA in Political Science and an M.Phil and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where he specialized in nuclear diplomacy.