Lalit Mansingh

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Lalit Mansingh
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Indian Foreign Secretary
In office
December 1, 1999 - 2001
Preceded by K. Raghunath
Succeeded by Chokila Iyer
Personal details
Born (1941-04-29) 29 April 1941 (age 74)
Spouse(s) Indira
Children Two
Parents Mayadhar Mansingh (father)
Occupation Civil Servant (Indian Foreign Service)

Lalit Mansingh (born April 29, 1941) is the former Indian diplomat, the Foreign Secretary of India, 1999–2000, and Indian Ambassador to the United States on March 15, 2001. Prior to this he had remained Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.[1] Lalit Mansingh is the son of Oriya poet Mayadhar Mansingh.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mansingh was born and brought up in Odisha as the middle son of Oriya poet Mayadhar Mansingh.He was born at NANDALA of District of Puri surrounded by Chillika lake and Bay of Bengal and graduated with honors in History and obtained his Master Degree in Political Science, receiving University’s Gold Medals for securing the top position in both subjects. He was a Research scholar and Faculty for short period in American Studies Programme at the School of International Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was married to Odissi dancer Sonal Mansingh.[3] but, the couple decided to divorce later.[3]


Lalit Mansingh has remained a lecturer in the Post-Graduate Department of Political Science, Utkal University in Bhubaneswar, Orissa.[4] He joined Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, in June, 1963. He became High Commissioner to Nigeria (1993–95) and Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1980–83) and in Nigeria with concurrent accreditation to Benin, Chad and The Cameroons. Apart from that he also served in various diplomatic capacities in Geneva, Afghanistan and Belgium.

He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, DC, 1989–92 and remained the Dean of Foreign Service Institute, India, from 1995 to 1996.,[5] apart from serving as Director-General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs .

Ambassador Mansingh is a member of an international group called the Non Official Group of Friends (NGF) of Sri Lanka which aims at assisting that country in its post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. He is part of a Track II dialogue between India and Pakistan focusing on confidence building measures between the two nuclear armed neighbors.

Other engagements - Overseas: Member, Board of Trustees, International Crisis Group, Brussels; Member, Asia Pacific Leadership Network, Canberra; Member, International Advisory Council, APCO Worldwide, Washington D.C.and International Advisory Council Member in APCO Worldwide [4]

In India: Chairman World Cultural Forum India; President, India Strategic Forum, Vice President, Maha Bodhi Society of India; Chairman, Political Science Association, Ravenshaw University; Vice President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Prof Emeritus at the Foreign Service Institute of India; Member, Governing Body of Development Alternatives, New Delhi and Gram Vikas, Orissa

He is also Diplomatic Advisor to the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Chairman, FICCI India-US Policy Group.

He was awarded the Kharavela Samman (Kharavela Award) by Orissa Governor in Feb, 2009 [6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Naresh Chandra
Indian Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Ronen Sen