P. N. Menon (diplomat)

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Parappil-Narayana Menon (1920- 22 June 1975),[1] also known as P.N. Menon, was a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service. Like his father-in-law, he undertook an overland journey to Lhasa in 1956, on foot and on horseback through the formidable Nathula Pass, to take up his post as India's Consult-General in Tibet. [2]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Malini, the daughter of first Foreign Secretary of India, K.P.S. Menon.[3] His son is Shivshankar Menon, who as of 2011 was the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India .

Civil service[edit]

P.N. Menon first joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1947.[4] At one point, he served as Consul-General of India in Lhasa, and later served as intermediary to the young Dalai Lama during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.[5][6][7][8] He died while serving as ambassador to Greece and Yugoslavia in Belgrade.[9]

Posts held[edit]

  • War Service Officer, 1947
  • Consul-General of India, Lhasa, October 1954-November 1956
  • First Secretary, Indian Embassy, Rome, April 1957-May 1958
  • Consul-General of India, Damascus, June 1958-February 1959
  • Director (External Publicity), MEA, 1959–62
  • Consul-General, San Francisco, 1962–65
  • Ambassador to Cambodia, 1965–68
  • Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary and Secretary, MEA, 1968–72
  • Ambassador to Yugoslavia and Greece -1975


  1. ^ Almanac of Current World Leaders Biography & News: ii. September 1975. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ K.P.S. Menon, Sr (1979). Memories and Musings. p. 310.
  3. ^ K.P.S. Menon (1981). Many Worlds Revisited. p. 276.
  4. ^ Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru, Series II Volume 33, p. 479, footnote 16
  5. ^ Roger E. McCarthy (1997). Tears of the Lotus. p. 208.
  6. ^ Tséring Shakya (1999). The dragon in the land of snows: a history of modern Tibet since 1947. p. 215.
  7. ^ John Kenneth Knaus (1999). Orphans of the Cold War: America and the Tibetan struggle for survival. p. 172.
  8. ^ Raja Hutheesing (1960). Tibet fights for freedom: the story of the March 1959 uprising as recorded in documents, despatches [sic] eye-witness accounts and world-wide reactions. p. 84.
  9. ^ K.P.S. Menon, Sr (1979). Memories and Musings. p. 310.