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Foreign Secretary (India)

Foreign Secretary of India
Emblem of India
Sujatha Singh
Residence South Block, Secretariat Building, Raisina Hill,
New Delhi, India
Appointer Minister of External Affairs
Inaugural holder K. P. S. Menon
Formation 1958
Succession Ranjan Mathai
Website Ministry of External Affairs

The Indian Foreign Secretary is the top diplomat for Indian foreign relations, appointed in the Ministry of External Affairs. Foreign Secretaries are experienced IFS officers, who are ambassadors to foreign nations.

List of Indian Foreign Secretaries

# Name Took office Left office Minister of External Affairs
1 K.P.S. Menon 16 April 1948 21 September 1952 Jawaharlal Nehru
2 R. K. Nehru 22 September 1952 10 October 1955 Jawaharlal Nehru
3 Subimal Dutt 11 October 1955 17 January 1961 Jawaharlal Nehru
4 M. J. Desai 11 April 1961 4 December 1963 Jawaharlal Nehru
5 Y. D. Gundevia 5 December 1963 18 February 1965 Jawaharlal Nehru, Gulzarilal Nanda, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Sardar Swaran Singh
6 C.S. Jha 19 February 1965 13 August 1967 Sardar Swaran Singh, M.C. Chagla
7 R.Dayal 19 August 1967 6 November 1968 Indira Gandhi
8 T. N. Kaul 7 November 1968 3 December 1972 Indira Gandhi, Dinesh Singh, Sardar Swaran Singh
9 Kewal Singh 4 December 1972 31 March 1976 Sardar Swaran Singh, Yashwantrao Chavan
10 J. S. Mehta 1 April 1976 18 November 1979 Yashwantrao Chavan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee
11 R. D. Sathe 19 November 1979 30 April 1982 Shyam Nandan Prasad Mishra, P V Narasimha Rao
12 M.K. Rasgotra 1 May 1982 31 January 1985 P V Narasimha Rao, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi
13 Romesh Bhandari 1 February 1985 31 March 1986 Rajiv Gandhi, Bali Ram Bhagat
14 A.P.Venkataeshwaran 1 April 1986 20 January 1987 Bali Ram Bhagat, P Shiv Shankar, Narayan Dutt Tiwari
15 S.K. Singh 16 February 1989 19 April 1990 P V Narasimha Rao, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, I K Gujral
16 Muchukund Dubey 20 April 1990 30 November 1991 Inder Kumar Gujral
17 J.N. Dixit 1 December 1991 31 January 1994 Madhavsinh Solanki, P V Narasimha Rao, Dinesh Singh
18 Krishnan Srinivasan 1 February 1994 28 February 1995 Dinesh Singh, Pranab Mukherjee
19 Salman Haidar 1 March 1995 30 June 1997 Pranab Mukherjee, Sikander Bakht, I K Gujral
20 K. Raghunath 1 July 1997 1 December 1999 I K Gujral, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Jaswant Singh
21 Lalit Mansingh 1 December 1999 11 March 2001 Jaswant Singh
22 Chokila Iyer[1] 12 March 2001 29 June 2002 Jaswant Singh
23 Kanwal Sibal 1 July 2002 30 November 2003 Yashwant Sinha
24 Shashank 19 November 2003 31 July 2004 Yashwant Sinha, Natwar Singh
25 Shyam Saran 31 July 2004 1 September 2006 Natwar Singh, Dr. Manmohan Singh
26 Shivshankar Menon 1 September 2006 31 July 2009 Dr. Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee, S. M. Krishna
27 Nirupama Rao 31 July 2009 31 July 2011 S. M. Krishna
28 Ranjan Mathai 1 August 2011 1 August 2013 S. M. Krishna, Salman Khurshid
29 Sujatha Singh 1 August 2013 31 July 2015 Salman Khurshid, Sushma Swaraj


  1. ^ Nirupama Rao is India's new foreign secretary The Times of India, 1 August 2009."Chokila Iyer was first woman, Indian Foreign Secretary in 2001."
  • Indian Foreign Secretaries Listing
  • External Affairs Spouses Association or EASA

External links

  • Ministry of External Affairs, Official website

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