MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup appointed envoy to Canada
Vikas Swarup : Background
- Vikas Swarup is an Indian writer and diplomat belongs to 1986 Indian Foreign Service batch.
- Vikas Swarup was born in Allahabad of Uttar Pradesh in a family of lawyers.
- After his schooling in Allahabad, he pursued further studies at Allahabad University in Psychology, History and Philosophy.
- In 2010 the University of South Africa (UNISA) conferred the degree of Doctor of Literature & Philosophy (honoris causa).
Vikas Swarup : Writing career
- He had penned his first novel, Q & A when he was posted in London between 2000 and 2003.
- The Hollywood movie Slumdog Millionaire which won eight Oscar’s was based on Mr. Swarup’s successful debut novel “Q&A”.
- His other novels are Six Suspects and The Accidental Apprentice.
- He has also written for TIME, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Telegraph (UK), The Financial Times (UK) and Liberation (France), among others.
Vikas Swarup : As Diplomat
- In his diplomatic career, Swarup has been posted in various countries including Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, Britain, South Africa and Japan.
- From April 2015 to February 2017, he was posted in New Delhi as official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.
- Now Vikas Swarup posted as the new Indian High Commissioner in Canada. This post is lying vacant since the retirement of Vishnu Prakash.
- The MEA’s social media outreach had witnessed major expansion during Swarup’s tenure in the Ministry.
- In December 2016, the MEA had launched a ‘Twitter Seva’ service with an aim to centralising its grievance redressal mechanism by bringing over 200 social media handles under one platform.
- In August, the MEA had launched an app, bringing websites and various social media handles of over 170 Indian missions on a common platform to further its public outreach.
- Gopal Baglay, 1992 batch IFS officer, who is Joint Secretary in the Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan division in MEA, will succeed Vikas Swarup in MEA as spokesperson.
Vikas Swarup : Challenges in Canada
- Relations between the two countries have expanded in recent months following Prime Minister Justine Trudeau’s push for engagement with India.
- Canada is yet to support New Delhi’s candidature for permanent membership in the U.N. Security Council.
- To improve the investment and bilateral trade between the two countries.