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Phunchok Stobdan

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Phunchok Stobdan
Indian ambassador to Kyrgyzstan
In office
Preceded byJ.S. Pande
Personal details
Born (1958-12-20) 20 December 1958 (age 65)
OccupationDiplomat, Ambassador

Phunchok Stobdan (born 20 December 1958) is a former Indian civil servant and served as the Indian ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.[1][2] He was also a senior fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, and was the founding president of the Ladakh International Centre.[3][4]

Stobdan is an academician, diplomat and author, who has earlier served in the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), which reports to National Security Advisor.[3] Stobdan is author of the book The Great Game in the Buddhist Himalayas: India and China’s Quest for Strategic Dominance.[5][6][7] The book looks at China–India relations through prism of Buddhist Himalayas.[8] Stobdan also writes columns for The Indian Express and The Tribune (Chandigarh).[3][9]


  1. ^ "Phunchok Stobdan". www.delhipolicygroup.org. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  2. ^ "Prof. Phunchok Stobdan to be the next Ambassador of India to Kyrgyzstan".
  3. ^ a b c Phunchok Stobdan (profile), Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, retrieved 4 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Former diplomat Stobdan's comments on Dalai Lama spark row, Leh markets shut on Monday". The Print.
  5. ^ Shyam Saran (16 February 2020). "Rocky Mountain High (book review)". Indian Express.
  6. ^ Bérénice Guyot-Réchard (6 March 2020). "Buddhist power politics". India Today.
  7. ^ Ajay Banerjee (1 December 2019). "Why Tibet can cause the great Himalayan divide". The Tribune (Chandigarh).
  8. ^ PTI (12 October 2019). "Book looks at Sino-India ties through prism of Buddhist Himalayas". Outlook.
  9. ^ P. Stobdan (26 May 2020). "As China intrudes across LAC, India must be alert to a larger strategic shift". Indian Express.

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