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Ambassador Nirupama Rao

Patrick O’Meara interviews Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India to the United States.

Ambassador Nirupama Rao in red and orange sari and earrings

Photo: Courtesy photo

Ambassador Nirupama Rao

I wanted to be a diplomat from very early in my life. My mother had a brother who served in the Ministry of External Affairs . . . and he would bring back lots of books and artifacts from Japan, and that fascinated me as a young girl. And I wanted to be able to travel to see these very—to me—exotic lands.

Nirupama Rao joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973 and in her diplomatic career has served in world capitals including Washington, Beijing, and Moscow.

Her other ambassadorial assignments include Peru, Bolivia, and Sri Lanka, where she was India’s first female High Commissioner.

On completion of her ambassadorial tenure in China—where she was India’s first female Ambassador—she was appointed Foreign Secretary, the highest office in the Indian Foreign Service.

  • Thayyil_sethumadhavan

    I liked the interview of Nirupama Rao, India’s Ambassador to the USA by Patrick Ameara. It has covered a variety of subjects, and gives an insight into the personality of Nirupama Rao who comes out as a warm person with a great poetic mind. Congratulations to Patrick Omeara for the very focused and interesting manner in which he brings out the views of the Ambassador on subjects varying from Afghanistan to Iran, India’s relations with Pakistan and China, diversity and complexity of India, success of Indian Americans etc. among others. Well done, Patrick !


  • Chirag Vithlani

    India proud of you !

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