|4th National Security Advisor of India|
24 January 2010 – 26 May 2014
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||M K Narayanan|
|Succeeded by||Ajit Kumar Doval|
|27th Foreign Secretary of India|
1 October 2006 – 31 July 2009
|Preceded by||Shyam Saran|
|Succeeded by||Nirupama Rao|
|Ambassador of India to China|
3 August 2000 – 7 July 2003
|Preceded by||Vijay K. Nambiar|
|Succeeded by||Nalin Surie|
|High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka|
|Succeeded by||Gopalkrishna Gandhi|
|Born||5 July 1949|
|Relatives||K. P. S. Menon (grandfather)|
C. Sankaran Nair (great-grandfather)
|Residence||New Delhi, India|
|Alma mater||St. Stephen's College, Delhi University|
|Occupation||Diplomat, civil servant|
Shivshankar Menon (born 5 July 1949) is an Indian diplomat, who served as National Security Adviser of India under Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh. He had previously served as the Foreign Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Prior to that he was Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and ambassador to China and Israel. He is currently Visiting Professor of International Relations at Ashoka University.
Early life and education
Shivshankar Menon hails from Ottapalam in Palakkad district of Kerala. He comes from a Nair family of diplomats; his father Parappil Narayana Menon served as the ambassador to Yugoslavia in his last days. His grandfather K. P. S. Menon (senior) was India's first Foreign Secretary, while his uncle K P S Menon (junior) was the former Indian ambassador to China and 15th Foreign Secretary. His great-grandfather Sir C. Sankaran Nair was a president of the Indian National Congress in 1897. Till this date, the only Malayali to hold so.
He served in the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) as Advisor to the Atomic Energy Commission. His work continued through his posting in Vienna. He was then posted to Beijing, the second of three postings he served in China. His last position in China as ambassador was also significant as it marked improvement in Sino-India relations, the high point being the visit of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Menon has also served as Ambassador to Israel and High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He was appointed Foreign Secretary in 2006, and was the National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. He relinquished office as India's 4th National Security Advisor on 15 May 2014. He is also currently a Visiting Professor of International Relations at Ashoka University.
Menon joined the Brookings Institution (USA) as a distinguished fellow and also serves as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies based in New Delhi. He has been a Fisher Family Fellow at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2015 and Richard Wilhelm Fellow at MIT in 2015. He was chosen to be one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine in 2010.
Menon also wrote "Choices: Inside The Making of Indian Foreign Policy" that was first published in 2016 and was based on his experience as National Security Advisor Of India.
He joined the Institute of South Asian Studies at National University of Singapore as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in November 2017.
He has interests in classical music and the Himalayas. The Scindia School conferred on Shivshankar Menon the 'Madhav Award' as an alumnus of eminence for the year 2000.
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