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  • IDSA Occasional Paper No. 39
    2015


    This Occasional Paper is a brief first-hand personal account of the Tevents, discussions, decisions and the action taken in November 1988 by the Government of India to provide help to the Government of Maldives to quell an attempted coup.

    About the Author

    Arun Kumar Banerjee joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1967 and served for nearly four decades in various capacities and assignments in the Ministry of External Affairs. As the Indian High Commissioner in Maldives, he was the only career diplomat to have directly taken part in a military operation in India, and played a pivotal role in quelling the attempted coup against President Gayoom in November 1988. He also played a crucial role in Sierra Leone, affecting the release of Indian soldiers taken hostage as part of a UN Peacekeeping operation. Ambassador Banerjee is an alumni of St Stephens College, Delhi College of Economics, and Balliol College, Oxford.

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