India gets new foreign secretary

Harsh Vardhan Shringla at a Sikh function – Photo: Facebook page of India in USA (Embassy of India, Washington DC)
By Asia Samachar Team MALAYSIA|

Indian ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla has been named as the next Foreign Secretary, effective 29 Jan 2019. He replaces Vijay Gokhale who will have served his two-year term.

In 2014, he was the Indian ambassador to Bangkok.

During his Thai stint, he was reported to have conducted a major security operation to extricate top Khalistani insurgent Jagtar Singh (Tara).

As part of the secret understanding that Mr. Shringla negotiated, the Thai government launched a nationwide drive that led to Jagtar being caught in Southern Thailand and put on a plane back to India, reports The Hindu.

The foreign secretary, the top diplomat of India who heads MEA’s administrative, is generally held by an IFS officer of the rank of secretary to Government of India.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla – Photo: Facebook page of India in USA (Embassy of India, Washington DC)


Modi taps seasoned ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri as minister (Asia Samachar, 3 Sept 2017)


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  1. I don’t know why these snakes are let into Gurudwaras when they are openly hostile towards Sikhi.
    I would like to correct Asia Samachar,although they should have known this themselves, that there is no such thing as Khalistani “insurgent”. The accurate word would be freedom fighter.