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R Viswanathan


R Viswanathan

Rengaraj Viswanathan
Ambassador of India to Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay
In office
October, 2007 – May, 2012
Joint Secretary of Latin America & Caribbean Division (LAC)
In office
September, 2003 – September, 2007
Ambassador of India to Venezuela
In office
October, 2000 – August, 2003
Consul General of India to Sao Paulo
In office
April, 1996 – July, 2000
Personal details
Nationality Indian

R. Viswanathan, also known as Rengaraj Viswanathan, is a retired Indian diplomat, writer and speaker specializing in Latin American politics, markets, and culture.


  • Diplomatic posts 1
  • Writing and speaking 2
    • Speaking 2.1
    • Writing 2.2
  • References 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • External links 5

Diplomatic posts

R. Viswanathan has held various positions in Lisbon, Karachi, Port Louis, Tripoli, and New York City. He was the first Indian Consul General in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 1996 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003 he was the Indian Ambassador to Venezuela and from September 2003 to September 2007 he was stationed at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, looking after the Latin America Division. Since October 2007 he has been the Indian Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay, based out of Buenos Aires.[1][2] Nine months into his being appointed ambassador, R. Viswanathan is credited with having increased India-Argentian commerce by 40%.[3] Since 1 August 2013, he has been Distinguished Fellow, Latin America Studies, Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations.[4]

Writing and speaking

For the last 18 years R. Viswanathan has been specializing in Latin America, writing articles and giving lectures on Latin American politics, markets, and culture.


Viswanathan gives speeches in both Spanish and Portuguese and has visited almost all of the countries in the Latin American region. Records exist of more than 100 speeches since June 2004. More than thirty of these speeches are preserved on the internet.[5]


He has published documents on the Latin American region, including:

  • Guide for Business with Brazil - January 1997
  • A Market Study of Mercosur - June 1997
  • Business with Venezuela - January 2001
  • Business with Andean Community - April 2001[6]
  • Business with Latin America, 2nd edition - Feb 2005
  • Business with Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, 2nd edition - January 2010
  • Malgudi to Macondo - the journey of an innocent Indian through the seductive Latin America - August 2012 - published by Indo-Latin American Chamber

His articles,[7] have been published in various newspapers, think tanks, and magazines in India and Latin America including Business Line, The Hindu, Financial Express, World Affairs Journal and Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations.


  1. ^ Personal website
  2. ^ R Viswanathan appointed Ambassador to Argentina
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ List of Speeches
  6. ^ Listing at India Habitat
  7. ^ List of articles


  • List of media coverage

External links

  • Foreign Relations: Ministry of external affairs, Government of India
  • , 9 June 2010'Football fidelity: An Indian diplomat’s dilemma
  • , 17 December 2009'Brazil: short skirts big B arouse global interest
  • , 17 December 2009'Lula or not, why Brazil is the best BRIC
  • , 2 June 2007Brazil — the emerging bio-fuel powerHindu Business,
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