Maharaja Krishna Rasgotra

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Maharaja Krishna Rasgotra
12th Foreign Secretary of India
In office
1 May 1982 – 31 January 1985
Preceded byR. D. Sathe
Succeeded byRomesh Bhandari
Personal details
Born (1924-09-11) September 11, 1924 (age 96)
EducationPunjab University (MA)
AwardsPadma Bhushan

Maharaja Krishna Rasgotra (M K Rasgotra) is an Indian diplomat and academic who served as the Foreign Secretary of India from 1 May 1982 to 31 January 1985. His is a recipient of Padma Bhushan award.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born 11 September 1924, and received an Master of Arts degree in English from Punjab University.


Early career[edit]

Rasgotra was tutor at Government College, Lahore from 1944 to 1946, head of the English department at SA College for Women, Sialkot in 1946, and head of the English department at Arya College, Ludhiana in 1947. He was appointed to the Punjab Educational Service in March 1948 and also worked as a lecturer in English at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College in 1948 and 1949.

He was appointed to the Indian Foreign Service on 27 September 1949. In his later career, he was High Commission of India to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to Morocco, Tunisia, the Netherlands, Nepal, France, and UNESCO.[2]

Bhopal disaster[edit]

He was the foreign secretary during the Bhopal disaster. It is claimed by the then-Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the United States in New Delhi in 1984, in an interview with a news channel, that communications between the government of India and himself relating to the release of Warren Anderson went through the Foreign Secretary.[3] In a subsequent interview with Karan Thapar, Mr Rasgotra held that releasing Warren Anderson was the right thing to do, since he had been earlier promised safe passage.[4]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ Information from[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Interview with NDTV
  4. ^ "Interview with M. K. Rasgotra", The Hindu, 18 June 2010, archived from the original on 18 June 2010