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Harsh Vardhan Shringla New Ambassador to US, succeeds Navtej Sarna
Navtej Sarna retired at the end of 2018, in Washington

Los Angeles, Jan 06, 2019 A.Gary Singh

1984-batch Indian Foreign Service diplomat, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who is serving as Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh since January 14, 2016, appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the United States. The Ministry of External Affairs told media that Shringla  is expected to take up the assignment anytime and Navtej Sarna was retired at the end of 2018, in Washington.

  • Harsh Vardhan Shringla was  graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and worked in the Corporate and Public Sectors in India prior to joining Indian Foreign Service in 1984. He also studied multilateral diplomacy and conflict prevention in Columbia University, New York.
  • He was one of the youngest ever to be appointed as consul general of India at the age of 27.
  • He speaks French, Vietnamese and Nepalese apart from English and Indian languages.
  • He also published articles on economic diplomacy and about NRIs.
  • He served as Minister/Counselor in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, New York and as Consul General to Vietnam and Durban of South Africa.
  • He served as ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative of India to UNESCAP.
  • He served as Joint Secretary responsible for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives.
  • Shringla  served as top positions in New Delhi and also in Indian missions in Paris, Hanoi and Tel Aviv.
  • Shringla served in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam in late eighties.
  • He was also Consul General in Durban of South Africa
Modi was relying on Shringla to ensure that the agreements he signed during his visit to Bangladesh.
  • Shringla worked at the settlement of the land and maritime boundaries between India and Bangladesh with his Bangladesh counterparts; the first transfer of 500-MW power from India and the successful implementation of the $ 1 billion line of credit extended in 2010.  He was received by President Pranab Mukherjee, who takes a personal interest in relations with Bangladesh. As joint secretary, Shringla often had opportunity to brief Mukherjee on details of the evolving relationship and accompanied him to Bangladesh on more than one occasion.
  • In 2017-2018, Shringla worked closely with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, and reign secretary S Jaishankar in  his appointment.
In 2010-2011, he head of the ministry’s UN political division  when India was contesting the UN Security Council non-permanent seat which it won with the maximum number votes ever secured. He made a history when he was sent as Special Envoy to Maldives.  He extricated Mohammed Nasheed, former president, from his self-imposed sanctuary in Indian High Commission in Male under an assurance that the political leader would be allowed to contest the forthcoming general elections. He is married to Hemal Store and they have a son.