T C A Rangachari was India's Ambassador to Algeria, France and Germany before resigning from the Indian Foreign Service in 2006. Since then, he has been extensively writing and lecturing on many topical issues relating to India's foreign policy, strategic and security matters.
Gen. Bammi has over 37 years of military experience in senior and leadership capacity in the Indian Army. During his military career, he has been President of the Gorkha Brigade of India; Director General of Assam Rifles; GOC of 1 Strike Corps; Defence Advisor at the Indian High Commission in Malaysia and Singapore; Instructor with the Royal Bhutan Army; Commanding Officer of infantry battalion in J&K; General Staff Officer with leading elements of the Indian Army in Bangladesh during the 1971 War; Rifle Company Commander during the 1965 War; Adjutant and Company Commander during the 1962 War; etc.
Gen. Bammi has a Doctorate in Military Studies from the Choudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut and a Masters in Defence Sciences from the University of Madras. His expertise includes South Asian security, insurgency, nuclear disarmament, terrorism, and counter-terrorism as well as the political and military landscape of South and South East Asia. He has a number of publications to his credit including The Gorkhas of the Indian Army and The Impregnable Conquered: Kargil 1999.
Wg. Cdr. Nandlal Jotwani (Retd.) is a decorated air force veteran, strategic analyst and distinguished scholar, who inter alia headed the Constitutional Institution of the National Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, which is established under Article 350 B of the Constitution of India (2010-2013).
He is the recipient of several Honours and Awards for his outstanding professional excellence in I.A.F. and in the Public Service. He is an eminent scholar of national and international recognition, having been honoured with, inter alia, the status of the Visiting Fellow, ARC, Stanford University, USA (2003-04).
He is a widely travelled educationist, scholar, linguist and litterateur. He has made several presentations in the national and international conferences held in India and abroad. He was also honoured with “International Recognition” and the WEC-IIEE-IAEWP Award during the VIth World Environment Congress in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution in the areas of nation building, planning, development and environmental protection’.
Besides, he was invited to participate in the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations High Level Meetings held in New York, USA, in years 2006 and 2008. He was distinguished Member of the Working Group and the Steering Committee on ‘Empowerment of the Minorities’ constituted by the Planning Commission, Government of India, for formulation of the XIIth Five Year Plan for the nation. He has also been honoured with the status of Special Invitee to the National Integration Council, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
He has strong engagement in the linguistic landscape, strategic analysis, international relations and public service.
Vice Admiral Anup Singh (Retd), former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1973.
During his career, he commanded four ships of different classes, viz. Indian Naval Ships Matanga, Veer, Ranvir and Delhi. In the case of two of these ships, he was also selected to commission them. These were: the INS Veer, a first of the new project missile vessel from the Soviet Union and INS Delhi, the first indigenously designed and indigenously built Destroyer of 6700 Tons displacement. For INS Veer, he spent a year under training in the erstwhile USSR and for the Delhi, he oversaw the final stages of her construction at the MDL, for nearly a year before commissioning.
At the pinnacle of seagoing assignments was the command of the Western Fleet, ie Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. He held this prestigious operational appointment in 2006-07, wherein he led Operation SUKOON, the evacuation of civilians from war-torn Lebanon, in July 2006, moving his fleet repeatedly in and out of Beirut, Lebanon (under war) to Larnaca, Cyprus.
Important assignments ashore included Director of Naval Plans (Force Structure and Defence Budget Planning); Director of Personnel(Human Resource Development and Management); Assistant Controller of Warship Production/ Acquisitions and Carrier Projects; Chief Instructor (Navy) at the Defence Services Staff College; Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command; Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air); Deputy Chief of Naval Staff; Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff; and finally as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command from Aug 2009 to Oct 2011.
Vice Admiral Anup Singh has been a keen sportsman and adventurer. His interests include golf, riding and sailing. He was the Sailing Master of the first ever square-rigged Sail Training Vessel in India, named ‘Varuna’, in 1980-82. He also skippered the Naval Yacht ‘Samudra’ for her Pacific Crossing during the Tri Service round-the-world voyage in 1989.
Mrs. Sujatha Singh born in July 1954, joined the Indian Foreign Service in July 1976. She assumed charge as Foreign Secretary on August 1, 2013.
Prior to taking over as Foreign Secretary, Mrs.Singh served as Ambassador of India to Germany (2012-2013) and High Commissioner to Australia (2007-2012).
She started her overseas assignments as Second Secretary in the Embassy of India, Bonn (1978-82). Subsequently she was First Secretary, High Commission of India, Accra (1985-89), Counsellor, Embassy of India, Paris (1989-92), Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP at Embassy of India, Bangkok (1997-2000) and Consul General, Milan (2000-04).
Mrs. Singh has served over a third of her career at Headquarters. She was Under Secretary looking after Nepal (1982-85), Director, Economic Co-ordination Unit (1992-95), attended the National Defence College at New Delhi (1995) and Joint Secretary at the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi (1996-97). Subsequently she was Joint Secretary and then Additional Secretary responsible for West Europe and the EU in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi (2004-07).
Mrs. Singh completed her B.A. Honours in Economics in 1973 from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and her M.A. in Economics in 1975 from the Delhi School of Economics. She is married to Shri Sanjay Singh. They have two daughters.
Shri R. K. Mathur is Defence Secretary, Government of India.
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