TCA Raghavan

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TCA Raghavan
High Commissioner of India to Pakistan
In office
June 2013 – December 2015
Preceded bySharat Sabharwal
Succeeded byGautam Bambawale
Personal details
Born (1955-12-16) 16 December 1955 (age 64)
Alma materSt Stephen's College, Jawaharlal Nehru University

TCA Raghavan is a former Indian diplomat who was a 1982 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service.[1][2] He has considerable experience in South Asia policy issues and considered an expert on Pakistan studies, including heading the Joint Secretary the Division of the Ministry of External Affairs in Pakistan Afghanistan and Iran (PAI) division.[3] From 6 June 2013 till his retirement on 31 December 2015 Raghavan was the High Commissioner of India to Pakistan. After retirement he has authored two books- the first a biography of two Mughal nobles and the other a study of India Pakistan relations. In July 2018 he was appointed Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs.[4][5]

Early life and background[edit]

Raghavan spent his childhood in Delhi, Bhopal and Jammu. He finished school at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and his college and university were at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.[6] He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1982. He was awarded a PhD by JawaharLal Nehru University in 1992 in history. His dissertation was on the Agrarian History of the Narmada Valley.


Raghavan was the Indian high commissioner to Singapore till June 2013.[7][8] After that, he was appointed the High commissioner to Pakistan.[9][10][11] Earlier, Raghavan was a Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad from 2003 to 2007.[12] His previous overseas postings include United Kingdom (1995-1998), Bhutan (1992-1995) and Kuwait (1983-1986).[13]

After his retirement he has emerged as a well known author with two well received books. The first is entitled Attendant Lords: Bairam Khan and Abdur Rahim, Courtiers and Poets in Mughal India. It was published by HarperCollins in 2017 and was awarded the Mohammad Habib Prize for medieval Indian history by the Indian History Congress in December 2017. His second book is also published by HarperCollins and is entitled The People Next Door: The Curious History of India's Relations with Pakistan.

Personal life[edit]

Raghavan is married to Ranjana Raghavan. They have two daughters.


  1. ^ PTI (15 July 2013). "New Indian High Commissioner T C A Raghavan arrives in Pakistan". The Economic Times. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  2. ^ "TCA Raghavan is India's new envoy to Pakistan".
  3. ^ "TCA Raghavan is India's new High Commissioner to Pakistan".
  4. ^ "About Us-Dr. T C A Raghavan, Director General, ICWA". ICWA. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Brief particulars of Dr. T C A Raghavan" (PDF). ICWA. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Cross-border relations: It's in India's best interests to have peaceful neighbours, says Dr Raghavan".
  7. ^ "Victim of horrific Indian gang rape DIES in Singapore hospital after doctors reveal the 23-year-old student suffered a heart-attack and severe organ failure".
  8. ^ "Indian High Commissioner on rape death".
  9. ^ "TCA Raghavan is India's new envoy to Pakistan".
  10. ^ "India not worried over Pakistan-China economic corridor: High Commissioner TCA Raghavan".
  11. ^ "High Commissioner TCA Raghavan to meet Indian woman stuck for over a decade in Pakistan".
  12. ^ "T.C.A. Raghavan takes over as Charge d'affaires in Pak".
  13. ^ "TCA Raghavan is India's new High Commissioner to Pakistan". India Today. New Delhi. PTI. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2019.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
High Commissioner of India to Singapore
Succeeded by
Vijay Thakur Singh
Preceded by
Sharat Sabharwal
High Commissioner of India to Pakistan
June 2013 – December 2015
Succeeded by
Gautam Bambawale