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Nirupama Rao

August 20, 2011

Nirupama Rao

Nirupama Rao
NIRUPAMA Rao, born on December 6, 1950, in Malappuram, Kerala, is the second woman to become the Foreign Secretary of India. She is an English (Honours) gradute and has obtained her master’s degree in English Literature. In 1973 Nirupama Rao topped the All India Civil Services Examination. After this, she joined the Indian Foreign Services. She served as the First Secretary in the Indian High Commission from 1981 to 1983. She was also a member of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s delegation when he visited Beijing in December 1988. At Moscow she served as Deputy Chief of Mission. She also had a bries stint in Washington as Minister for the External Affairs Ministry of India. In 2001 she became the first woman spokesperson for the Minister of External Affairs. Later, she was assigned as High Commissioner for India to Sri Lanka in 2004. As of August 1, 2009 she has assumed the post of Foreign Secretary of India.

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