Gaitri Issar Kumar, who takes great pride in Indian diversity, takes charge as High Commissioner in London – UKMALAYALEE

Gaitri Issar Kumar, who takes great pride in Indian diversity, takes charge as High Commissioner in London

Tuesday 23 June 2020 8:20 AM UTC

By A Staff Reporter.

LONDON June 23: Gaitri Issar Kumar has taken charge as High Commissioner at Indian High Commission in London from yesterday.

Gaitri Issar Kumar took over from Ruchi Ghanashyam, who left her position in May 2020.

She was previously Ambassador of India to the European Union, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Her previous assignment was as Additional Secretary to the President of India.

Gaitri Issar Kumar, with family origins in Punjab, was born in Bangalore, Karnataka and completed her early education at Sophia High School, Bangalore before graduating from Bangalore University – where she pursued history, economics and political science, Indian High Commission website said.

In  an interview with Diplomatic World she had said that India’s diversity can be compared to the diversity of the member states of the European Union. She said that India is free for all to practice their own religion, propagate his own culture and live in the way he or she wants.

“The one things that unites everybody is the fact that they are Indian. We are proud and tolerant of each other: that is why democracy has succeeded in India”, she said.

Gaitri Issar Kumar, of the 1986 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, has served in various capacities at the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi and its Missions abroad to promote India’s political, trade and economic as well as cultural cooperation with friends and partners – bilateral and in multilateral fora.

Overseas, she has served as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Paris, Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva, First Secretary in the Embassy of India, Kathmandu and Second Secretary in the Embassy of India, Lisbon.

At Headquarters, she was Head of the Americas Division, Establishment Division, Finance Division, Director, Northern Division in charge of Nepal and Bhutan and before that, Under Secretary for Maldives and Myanmar. In Bangalore, she served as Regional Passport Officer, Karnataka.

She has studied German and Portuguese languages and has a working knowledge of Nepali and French. She is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.

She is married to Sachit Kumar. They have two daughters.

This website wishes Gaitri Issar Kumar a wonderful time in the UK where she is able to better what her predecessors had done for the diaspora.

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