K. Raghunath

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Krishnan Raghunath
to  East Germany
In office
23 April 1979 – 1982
Preceded byes:Roy Axel Khan
Succeeded byes:Prabhakar Menon
to  Philippines
In office
1987 – 1990
High Commissioner
to  Nigeria
In office
1990 – 1990
Preceded byes:Deb Mukharji
Succeeded byLalit Mansingh
21st Foreign Secretary (India)
In office
1 July 1997 – 1 December 1999
Preceded bySalman Haidar
Succeeded byLalit Mansingh
de:Liste der indischen Botschafter in der Sowjetunion und Russland
to  Russia
In office
2001 – 2004
Preceded bySatinder Kumar Lambah
Succeeded byKanwal Sibal
Personal details
Born13 November 1939
EducationLa Martiniere College

Krishnan Raghunath is an Indian diplomat who served as the Foreign Secretary of India in the late 1990s. He previously served as the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh as well as Ambassador to Russia, Nigeria and the Philippines. [2]


He graduated from the prestigious Madras Christian College. K. Raghunath went to school at La Martiniere Boys' College[3] in Lucknow, India.

He joined the Indian Foreign service in 1962.[4] He married, Sunny, in 1975.

  • In June 1967, Chinese authorities expelled Krishnan Raghunath and Vijai Padmanab two Indian diplomats on charges of espionage. India retaliated by expelling two members of the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.
  • From 1978 to April 1979 he was counsellor in the Indian Embassy in Moscow.

He became Foreign Secretary on 1 July 1997 when he took over from Salman Haidar.[1]

In 2001 he became the Indian ambassador to Russia, taking over from Mr S.K. Lambah.[4]


  1. ^ a b Malhotra, Jyoti. 'The world in his briefcase'. "The Indian Express" (online edition) 1 June 1997 Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine accessed July 2007
  2. ^ Krishnan, Raghunath ; B.Sc (Hons) ; b 13 November 1939 Madras Edn Madras Christian Coll, Madras Univ ; Secy "Students' Service" for the Blind, 1959 ; Under-Officer and Battalion Cadet Quarter Master, N.C.C 1955-59 [1][2][3]
  3. ^ The Old Martinians' website Archived 2007-10-07 at the Wayback Machine accessed June 2007
  4. ^ a b New ambassador to Russia. The Tribune (online edition) 16 May 2001 accessed July 2007