New Delhi: Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who was appointed as the country's new foreign secretary on Wednesday by the NDA government, has served as an Indian ambassador to the US, China and Singapore and is considered as a qualified figure in foreign strategies. Here is a brief about him:
Born in Delhi to K Subrahmanyam, who was an eminent Indian strategic affairs analyst, commentator and civil servant himself, Jaishankar did his PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi where he specialised in nuclear diplomacy.
He joined the Indian Foreign Services in 1977 and thereafter gained accolades for his work in foreign affairs. He also served as press secretary and speech writer for former president of India Shankar Dayal Sharma.
During his tenure as India's High Commissioner to Singapore, he helped Indian business to grow there.
Later, he became the longest-serving Indian ambassador to China and played pivotal role in reinforcing economic, trade and cultural relations between the two countries.
However, he shot limelight during his tenure as Indian ambassador to the US. He became a negotiator between the US authorities and Indian government to mutually handle the Devyani Khobragade incident.
He was also credited for being a part of the core group that planned the maiden visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United States.