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Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
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Minister of External Affairs of India
Minister of External Affairs
Assumed office
30 May 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Sushma Swaraj
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
5 July 2019
Preceded by Amit Shah
Constituency Gujarat
31st Foreign Secretary of India
In office
28 January 2015 – 28 January 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Sujatha Singh
Succeeded by Vijay Keshav Gokhale
Ambassador of India to the United States
In office
1 December 2013 – 28 January 2015
Preceded by Nirupama Rao
Succeeded by Arun Kumar Singh
Ambassador of India to China
In office
1 June 2009 – 1 December 2013
Preceded by Nirupama Rao
Succeeded by Ashok Kantha
High Commissioner of India to Singapore
In office
1 January 2007 – 1 June 2009
Succeeded by TCA Raghavan
Ambassador of India to the Czech Republic
In office
1 January 2001 – 1 January 2004
Succeeded by P.S. Raghavan
Personal details
Born (1955-01-09) 9 January 1955 (age 67)
New Delhi, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Kyoko Jaishankar
Children 3
  • K. Subrahmanyam (father)
Relatives Sanjay Subrahmanyam (brother)
Alma mater St. Stephen's College, Delhi (BA)
Jawaharlal Nehru University (MA, MPhil, PhD)
Occupation Diplomat
Awards Padma Shri (2019)

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (born 9 January 1955) is an Indian diplomat and politician. He became Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India on 31 May 2019. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is also a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha since 5 July 2019, representing Gujarat. He was Foreign Secretary from January 2015 to January 2018.

He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977. During his diplomatic career over 38 years, he worked in India and abroad. His jobs included High Commissioner to Singapore (2007–09) and Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2001–04), China (2009–2013) and the USA (2014–2015). Jaishankar played a key role in negotiating the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement.

Early life and education

S Jaishankar was born in New Delhi, India. He is the son of prominent Indian strategic affairs analyst, commentator, and civil servant K. Subrahmanyam and Sulochana. He is the brother of historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam and S. Vijay Kumar,.

He went to school at The Air Force School, Subroto Park, New Delhi. He graduated from St. Stephen's College at the University of Delhi. He has an M.A. in Political Science and an M.Phil. and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

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