Braj Kumar Nehru
|Braj Kumar Nehru|
|Indian Ambassador to the United States|
|Preceded by||M.C. Chagla|
|Succeeded by||Ali Yavar Jung|
|Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom|
4 September 1909|
Allahabad, British India
|Died||31 October 2001
|Spouse(s)||Shobha Nehru (Magdolna Friedman)|
Braj Kumar Nehru, MBE, ICS (4 September 1909 – 31 October 2001) was an Indian diplomat and Ambassador of India to the United States (1961-1968). He was the son of Brijlal and Rameshwari Nehru and a cousin of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Nehru was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He was educated at the Allahabad University (India), the London School of Economics and at Oxford University. He was awarded the Doctor of Literature degree by the University of Punjab, for his distinguished services in various fields. His grandfather, Pandit Nandlal Nehru, was the elder brother of Pandit Motilal Nehru. He was the cousin to the erstwhile Prime Minister of India, Indira Nehru-Gandhi. Nehru married Magdolna Friedman, a fellow student in UK. The ill-treatment of the Jewish community in Europe prompted her father to change her name to Magdolna Forbath. Her nickname was Fori. After marriage, she changed her name to Shobha (Fori) Nehru.
He joined the Indian Civil Service in 1934 and rose to be governor of seven different states of India. From 1934 to 1937 he held various government positions in the province of Punjab. He was appointed an MBE in the 1945 New Year Honours List. Nehru became the secretary of economic affairs in 1957. He was appointed as Commissioner General for Economic Affairs (external financial relations)of India in 1958. He was Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (1981–84), Assam (1968–73), Gujarat (1984–86), Nagaland (1968–73), Meghalaya (1970–73), Manipur (1972–73) and Tripura (1972–73).
Nehru worked as Executive Director in the World Bank (1949) and was Economic Minister at the Indian Embassy in Washington (1954). He helped to create the Aid India Club in 1958, which was a consortium of donor nations that committed to donate $2 million for the development of India. He also served as a diplomat, as ambassador to several countries and was offered the post of secretary-general of the United Nations in 1951, but declined. Nehru was also the Indian High Commissioner in London from 1973 to 1977. Braj was chairman of the United Nations Investment committee for 14 years. He represented India in the 'Sterlings balances' negotiations with Britain at the post-Second World War reparations conference.
Nehru's wrote an autobiography titled Nice Guys Finish Second.
The speech "Civil Service in Transition" delivered at the India International Center in New Delhi on the 15th of October, 1999 describes the need and the role played by a strong civil service. It also details out the causes for the prevalent corruption in India's political system and civil services.
Nehru died in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, India on 31 October 2001 at the age of 92. His body was cremated in Delhi & the memorial service was held amongst the chanting of mantras from the holy scriptures.
|Indian Ambassador to the United States
Ali Yavar Jung
|Governor of Assam
Lallan Prasad Singh
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