Navtej Sarna

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Navtej Sarna
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Indian Ambassador to the United States
Assumed office
January 2017
Preceded by Arun Kumar Singh
High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom
In office
January 2016 – December 2016
Preceded by Ranjan Mathai
Succeeded by Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha
Ambassador of India to Israel
In office
October 2008 – 2012
Preceded by Arun Kumar Singh
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 59–60)
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Nationality Indian
Father Mohinder Singh Sarna
Religion Sikhism

Navtej Singh Sarna (born 1957) is an Indian author-columnist, diplomat and current Indian Ambassador to the US.[1] He previously served as the High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom, and the Ambassador to Israel (2008-2012).[2][3]

He was born in Jalandhar, India to noted writer in Punjabi, Mohinder Singh Sarna, and did his schooling from St. Joseph's Academy, Dehradun. Later he graduated as a part of the 1980 Class of Indian Foreign Service. Before holding his current post, he was Joint Secretary for external publicity at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), since October 2002,[4] and holds the distinction of being the longest-serving spokesperson of the ministry,[2] and served two prime ministers, three foreign ministers and four foreign secretaries, till the end of his term in September, 2008.[5]

Previously as a diplomat served in Moscow, Warsaw, Thimphu, Geneva, Teheran and Washington, DC.[6]

He also writes short stories, and book reviews. His first novel published was We Weren't Lovers Like That in 2003,[7] followed by The Book of Nanak in the same year, his latest, The Exile, published in 2008, is based on the life of Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, and son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.[8]


Within anthologies[edit]

  • Journeys : Heroes, Pilgrims, Explores, edited by Geeti Sen and Molly Kaushal. New Delhi, Penguin, 2004. ISBN 0-670-05796-7. 2. And the Baba went along the way, by Navtej Sarna.
  • The Harper Collins Book of New Indian Fiction : Contemporary Writing in English, edited by Khushwant Singh. New Delhi, Harper Collins, 2005, . ISBN 81-7223-584-4. 5. Madame Kitty by Navtej Sarna.


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