We are delighted to welcome Nirupama Menon Rao to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.
A familiar figure in Sri Lanka, former High Commissioner Nirupama Menon Rao, who went on to become Foreign Secretary of India, will read from and speak about her new book on Sino-Indian relations, entitled “The Politics of History, India and China, 1949 to 1962“.
Nirupama Rao is a former Indian Foreign Service officer. She retired as Foreign Secretary to the Government of India, the senior most position in the Foreign Service, and was the second woman to occupy the post (2009-2011).
She was the first woman spokesperson (2001-02) of the Indian Foreign Office. She served as India’s first woman Ambassador to Sri Lanka (2004-2006) and to the People’s Republic of China (2006-2009). She was Ambassador of India to the United States from 2011 to 2013. In retirement she has been a Senior Visiting Fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University where she has taught an undergraduate senior course on “India in the World”.
She was a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow from 2015-2016. She has an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (2012) from Pondicherry University, India.
She is a staunch believer in the power of social media as an advocacy platform for policy and currently has over one million followers on Twitter.