Meera Shankar

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Meera Shankar at the U.S.-India People to People Conference in 2010

Meera Shankar (9 October 1950) served as India's Ambassador to the United States of America [1] from 26 April, 2009[2] to 2011. She was India's second female ambassador to the United States of America, Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit being the first. She was succeeded by Nirupama Rao on August 1, 2011.

Shankar, an officer of the 1973 batch, was posted in Washington DC from 1991 to 1995. She succeeded Ambassador Ronen Sen.

Early life and career[edit]

Meera Shankar studied at the reputed St.Mary's Convent in Nainital and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973.

Shankar served as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office from 1985 to 1991, and in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry from 1991 to 1995. While serving in the Ministry of External Affairs, she headed two important divisions dealing with the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and relations with Nepal and Bhutan.

Prior to 2009, she served as India's Ambassador in Berlin, Germany.

Shankar was the first serving diplomat to be posted in Washington in more than two decades after G.Shankar Bajpai. In 2003, she achieved the rank of Additional Secretary, she held the responsibility for the United Nations and International Security.

Other activities[edit]

  • Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft of Deutsche Bank, Member of the Board of Trustees[3]

Personal life[edit]

Shankar is married to Ajay Shankar, IAS officer of the 1973 batch, who retired as secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. She has a daughter Priya.


Shankar was in the news after she went through a pat-down check at Jackson–Evers airport in December 2010, joining the list of Indian VIPs who underwent frisking or quizzing at US airports. The incident led to diplomatic protests from India.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Meera shankar. "Meera shankar". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  2. ^ . Indian Embassy, Washington Retrieved 2015-04-14.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Board of Trustees Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft of Deutsche Bank.
  4. ^ "After pat-down, US pats Meera". The Economic Times. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ronen Sen
Indian Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Nirupama Rao