Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

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Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Minister of External Affairs of India
Minister of External Affairs
Assumed office
30 May 2019
PresidentDroupadi Murmu
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded bySushma Swaraj
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
5 July 2019
Preceded byAmit Shah
31st Foreign Secretary of India
In office
28 January 2015 – 28 January 2018
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded bySujatha Singh
Succeeded byVijay Keshav Gokhale
Ambassador of India to the United States
In office
1 December 2013 – 28 January 2015
Preceded byNirupama Rao
Succeeded byArun Kumar Singh
Ambassador of India to China
In office
1 June 2009 – 1 December 2013
Preceded byNirupama Rao
Succeeded byAshok Kantha
High Commissioner of India to Singapore
In office
1 January 2007 – 1 June 2009
Succeeded byTCA Raghavan
Ambassador of India to the Czech Republic
In office
1 January 2001 – 1 January 2004
Succeeded byP.S. Raghavan
Personal details
Born (1955-01-09) 9 January 1955 (age 69)
New Delhi, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Kyoko Jaishankar
FatherK. Subrahmanyam
RelativesSanjay Subrahmanyam (brother)
Alma materSt. Stephen's College, Delhi (BA)
Jawaharlal Nehru University (MA, MPhil, PhD)
AwardsPadma Shri (2019)

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (born 9 January 1955) is an Indian diplomat and politician. He became Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India on 31 May 2019. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is also a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha since 5 July 2019, representing Gujarat. He was Foreign Secretary from January 2015 to January 2018.[1]

He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977. During his diplomatic career over 38 years, he worked in India and abroad. His jobs included High Commissioner to Singapore (2007–09) and Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2001–04), China (2009–2013) and the USA (2014–2015). Jaishankar played a key role in negotiating the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement.

Early life and education[change | change source]

S Jaishankar was born in New Delhi, India. He is the son of prominent Indian strategic affairs analyst, commentator, and civil servant K. Subrahmanyam and Sulochana. He is the brother of historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam and S. Vijay Kumar,[2][3]

He went to school at Bangalore Military School, Bangalore, Karnataka andThe Air Force School, Subroto Park, New Delhi. He graduated from St. Stephen's College at the University of Delhi.[4] He has an M.A. in Political Science and an M.Phil. and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).[5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "MEA | About MEA : Profiles : Foreign Secretary". Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  2. "Mr S Vijay Kumar". Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  3. Manager (14 March 2017). "S. Vijay Kumar". Resource Panel. Retrieved 4 June 2019 – via
  4. "Who is S Jaishankar?". The Times of India. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  5. "Dr. S. Jaishankar, Ambassador of India- Beijing. Embassy of India, Beijing, China". Archived from the original on 16 January 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  6. C.Raja Mohan and S. Jaishankar, "Nuclear Cartelisation Theory and Practice" Archived 22 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 12, No. 20, 14 May 1977