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Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (born 9 January 1955) is an Indian diplomat who is serving as the Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India since 31 May 2019.

He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha since 5 July 2019, representing Gujarat. He has previously served as the Foreign Secretary from January 2015 to January 2018.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar Reveals What Led Him To Diplomacy

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday told a group of American students that it is his interest in music and also his family atmosphere that led to his diplomatic life.

“What made you all interested in international relations?” asked Angel Brian, a sophomore international affairs major and also a 2019-2020 Global Citizen Year India Fellow, to Mr Jaishankar and Secretary of State Antony Blinken as both of them attended an event at the Howard University.

“Why did I start getting interested in the world? I think part of it was probably an interest in music that, you know, you heard music beyond your own and then you wondered, you know, what kind of music, where is it from, what kind of people,” Mr Jaishankar responded.

“I think the food part of it came much later. It was easier to afford music than food when you were younger. Some of it also came from a family environment, which was a little bit international,” he said.

“In fact, I mean, we talk of educational professional exchanges. My father came here when I was about 10 years old on a fellowship, in fact, on a Rockefeller Fellowship, to study and to do some sort of professional training here. So I think, again, there’s a little bit of parental influence,” said the top Indian diplomat.

Mr Jaishankar said the first foreign music album that he heard was 1959 American album called The Hitmakers. “I actually now have it in Spotify, and I still listen to it for reasons of nostalgia,” he told students of the prestigious Howard University.

“And I guess, in a way I’m talking of the 1960s, ’70s; may sound like pre-history to you, but it was really a time when the world was beginning to globalise much more. I mean, there were more tourists, people, the idea of travelling abroad of seeing, other cultures come,” he said.

“Every time, actually, you would have something foreign happen in your school or university, there’d be tremendous excitement about it. I guess it was a combination of all those things,” Mr Jaishankar explained.

“I managed to try a whole bunch of different things before I wound up doing what I’m doing. And finding that I had virtually no talent for any of them, wound up where I am. But it’s important if you have the opportunity to try different things, because you might not figure out what it is that you want to do right away,” Mr Blinken said in response to the same question.

S. Jaishankar Biography, Wiki

Jaishankar was born in New Delhi, India to prominent Indian strategic affairs analyst, commentator and civil servant K. Subrahmanyam and Sulochana Subrahmanyam. 

He has two brothers: the historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam and the IAS officer S. Vijay Kumar, former Rural Development Secretary of India.

Jaishankar did his schooling at The Air Force School, Subroto Park, New Delhi, and is a graduate in Chemistry from St. Stephen’s College at the University of Delhi. 

He has an MA in Political Science and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where he specialized in nuclear diplomacy. He is currently serving as Minister of External Affairs within the Government of India.

S. Jaishankar Biography Wikipedia
S. Jaishankar
BornSubrahmanyam Jaishankar
9 January 1955 (age 67)
New Delhi, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Kyoko Jaishankar
Children3
Parent(s)K. Subrahmanyam (father)
RelativesSanjay Subrahmanyam (brother), S. Vijay Kumar (brother)
Alma materUniversity of Delhi (BA, MA)
Jawaharlal Nehru University (MA, MPhil, PhD)
OccupationRetd.Central Civil Servant (IFS)Politician
AwardsPadma Shri (2019)

S. Jaishankar Career

Dr. S. Jaishankar assumed his responsibilities as Ambassador of India to the United States in December 2013.

Dr. Jaishankar comes to Washington, DC with more than three decades of diplomatic experience. Joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1977, Dr. Jaishankar has represented India’s interests and fostered friendly working relationships in countries around the world.

Dr. Jaishankar’s first postings abroad were as Third and Second Secretary (Political) at the Embassy of India in Moscow from 1979 to 1981. From 1981 to 1985, he served as Under Secretary (Americas) and Policy Planning in the Ministry of External Affairs. 

He then spent three years from 1985 to 1988 as First Secretary handling political affairs at the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC, followed by two years as First Secretary and Political Advisor to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka.

In 1990, Dr. Jaishankar became Commercial Counsellor in Budapest. After three years in that position, he returned to India where he served first as Director of East Europe Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, and then as Press Secretary for the President of India.

Following this service in India, Dr. Jaishankar went abroad again – to Tokyo in 1996 as Deputy Chief of Mission. In the year 2000, he was appointed the Ambassador of India to Czech Republic and served in Prague till 2004.

Upon completing his time as Ambassador in Prague, Dr. Jaishankar returned once again to India, where he led the Americas Division in the Ministry of External Affairs. After three years heading the division, he again left India in 2007 to serve as High Commissioner to Singapore for two years. Most recently, Dr. Jaishankar was the Ambassador of India to China from 2009 to 2013.

Dr. Jaishankar holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil in International Relations and an M.A. in Political Science. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Dr. Jaishankar is married to Kyoko Jaishankar and has two sons and a daughter.

S. Jaishankar FAQ’s

Who is S. Jaishankar?

S. Jaishankar (born 9 January 1955) is an Indian diplomat who is serving as the Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India since 31 May 2019.

How old is S. Jaishankar?

S. Jaishankar is currently 66 years old.

Who is S. Jaishankar’s wife?

Dr. Jaishankar is married to Kyoko Jaishankar and has two sons and a daughter.

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