Navtej Sarna to soon replace Ranjan Mathai as Indian High Commissioner

Mr.Navtej Sarna, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, a writer, diplomat, who is the currently the secretary (west) in MEA will soon replace Indian High Commissioner, Mr.Ranjan Mathai.

Sarna was ambassador to Israel and will assume role in the UK by late December. Mr.Mathai is to complete his two year term after Prime Mnister Modi’s planned UK visit in November.

Sarna has served in Indian missions in Moscow, Jerusalem, Warsaw, Thimphu, Geneva, Tehran and Washington DC. As Secretary (West), he was looking after country’s diplomatic affairs with the UK and other European nations.

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Sarna has also authored many books including “The Exile”– a novel based on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh, “We Weren’t Lovers Like That”, a novel, and a non-fiction “The Book of Nanak”.

In a major reshuffle, the government has cleared key postings of Indian envoys to Pakistan, China, UK and the UN.

Gautam Bambawale, India’s ambassador to Bhutan, will take over as high commissioner to Pakistan, replacing T C A Raghavan who is set to retire on December 31.

Syed Akbaruddin, former MEA spokesperson who is currently the additional secretary in charge of Indo-Africa Summit to be held in October, will be India’s next permanent representative to the UN. He will replace Asoke Mukerji.

Vijay Gokhale, India’s ambassador to Germany, will take over from Ashok Kantha in Beijing. Other postings include that of Anil Wadhwa, secretary (east), as ambassador to Rome and Pankaj Saran, who will replace P S Raghavan in Moscow.

– Spadman