Krishnan Srinivasan

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Krishnan Srinivasan
Krishnan Srinivasan 2019.jpg
Srinivasan in 2019
Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs
In office
19th Indian Foreign Secretary
In office
1 February 1994 – 28 February 1995
Preceded byJ N Dixit
Succeeded bySalman Haider
Personal details
Madras, India
ChildrenRohan Srinivasan
OccupationDiplomat and Scholar

Krishnan Srinivasan (born 15 February 1937 in Madras, India) is a retired Indian diplomat, scholar, author, former Indian Foreign Secretary, and Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations .[1]

He was educated at Bedford School and Christ Church, Oxford. He was appointed to the Indian Foreign Service in May 1959. His early postings included Oslo, Beirut, Tripoli. He was India's Ambassador/High Commissioner to Zambia and Botswana, Nigeria, Benin and Cameroun, the Netherlands and Bangladesh. He was appointed Secretary and finally Foreign Secretary and retired in 1995. In 1995, he was appointed Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs in London where he served until 2002.

He was a Member of Christ Church, Oxford’s Senior Common Room and High Table from 1998 to 2016, Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge (2002–05), Fellow of the Centre for International Studies Cambridge (2002–05), Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies London (2002–08), Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (2003–04), Fellow of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata from 2006, and Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala in (2008 and 2012–13). He was elected Honorary Professor at ASCI Hyderabad in 2005. He was awarded a Hind Ratna (India) in 2002, and was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Valeur (Cameroon) in 2007.


Non fiction[edit]

  • Tricks of the Trade (2000).
  • The Rise, Decline and Future of the British Commonwealth. Hardback (2005). Paperback (2008).
  • The Jamdani Revolution; Politics, Personalities and Civil Society in Bangladesh (2007).
  • Towards the New Horizon: World Order in the 21st Century (2009)
  • Diplomatic Channels (2012)
  • Europe in Emerging Asia (2015)
  • Old Europe, New Asia (2015)
  • Values in Foreign Policy, Investigating Ideals and Interests (2019)


  • The Eccentric Effect (2001).
  • The Ugly Ambassador (2003).
  • Guesswork (2005).
  • The Invisible African (2012)
  • Ambassador Marco's Indian Instincts (2016)


He is a regular columnist and book reviewer on international affairs for The Telegraph newspaper, Calcutta and The Statesman newspaper, Calcutta.


  • Who's Who, A & C Black, London 2020;
  • The International Who's Who, Routledge, London 2015.