Gopalaswami Parthasarathy

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Gopalaswami Parthasarathy
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G Parthasarathy
Born (1940-05-13) 13 May 1940 (age 77)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater College of Engineering, Guindy
Occupation Diplomat
Ex-Army

Gopalaswami Parthasarathy, popularly known as G. Parthasarathy (In Tamili: கோபாலசாமி பார்த்தசாரதி) (born 13 May 1940) is an Indian diplomat and author. He was Ambassador of India to Myanmar, 1992-95, High Commissioner of India to Australia (1995-98), High Commissioner of India to Pakistan (1998-2000) and High Commissioner of India, Cyprus (1990-92). Later he was the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office.

Early life and background[edit]

He graduated with a B.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras, (now Chennai) in 1962. He has two daughters.

Career[edit]

He started his career as a commissioned officer in the Indian Army (1963-1968), subsequently he joined the Indian Foreign Service on 29 July 1968, and his first diplomatic assignment was as Third Secretary in the Embassy of India in Moscow from August 1970. For years he was known in the corridors of South Block (Secretariat Building) as "Chotta GP" ('chotta' is Hindi for small) to distinguish him from his namesake G Parthasarathy one of India's tallest diplomats, who served as India's High Commissioner to Pakistan between 1963 and 1965.[1]

He then served in Dar es Salaam and Washington, and was Consul General in Karachi from 1982-1985. Later he was India's High Commissioner to Cyprus from 1990 to 92 Ambassador to Myanmar 1992 to 1995, High Commissioner to Australia from 1995 to 1998, and High Commissioner to Pakistan from 1998 to 2000. He was also Spokesman, Ministry of External Affairs and Information Adviser, and Spokesman in the Prime Minister's Office with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (1985–1990).

He is presently Visiting Professor in the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi. His main areas of interest are developments in India’s neighbourhood and issues of economic integration, energy and national security and terrorism. He currently writes an influential column in The Pioneer, Business Line and Rediff.com,[2] mostly on foreign affairs. He is popularly regarded as a "hawk" when it comes to matters of India's defence and policy towards Pakistan and terrorism. He co-authored a book with ex-Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Dr. Humayun Khan. The book, Diplomatic Divide, debates the issues that divide India and Pakistan.[3][4]

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