Famous Indian Diplomats

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Shashi Tharoor
(Writer, Politician, Diplomat)

Shashi Tharoor
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Birthdate: March 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London

Born in London, to an Indian couple, Shashi Tharoor is known for his award-winning books such as the The Great Indian Novel and his over-the-top English vocabulary. Tharoor is also a Congress MP. He made headlines when his wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel.

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K. R. Narayanan
(President of India)

K. R. Narayanan
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Birthdate: October 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uzhavoor
Died: November 9, 2005

Born to a modest Ayurveda practitioner in a Kerala village, K. R. Narayanan initially dabbled in journalism and then studied political science at LSE. He later served as the president of India, becoming the first Dalit to achieve the feat. He had also been an ambassador to the U.S. and China.

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Mohammad Hamid Ansari
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Birthdate: April 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kolkata
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V. K. Krishna Menon
(Indian Politician)

V. K. Krishna Menon
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Birthdate: May 3, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kozhikode, Kerala
Died: October 6, 1974

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Nirupama Rao
(Indian Ambassador to the United States of America)

Nirupama Rao
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Birthdate: December 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Malappuram, Kerala, India

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
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Birthdate: January 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

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Man Singh II
(Polo player, Diplomat)

Man Singh II
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Birthdate: August 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thikana of Isarda, India
Died: June 24, 1970
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Hastings Lionel Ismay, Baron Ismay
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Birthdate: June 21, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Uttarakhand, India
Died: December 17, 1965

Born to a British civil servant in British India, Hastings Lionel Ismay later joined the British Indian Army. During World War II, he rose to be the most trusted military advisor of British prime minister Winston Churchill. He later also served as NATO’s first secretary-general and was eventually knighted.

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Shivshankar Menon
(4th National Security Advisor of India, 27th Foreign Secretary of India)

Shivshankar Menon
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Birthdate: July 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France

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B. N. Rau
(Civil servant)

B. N. Rau
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Birthdate: February 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mangalore, Karnataka , India
Died: November 30, 1953

Indian civil servant and jurist B. N. Rau was one of the persons behind the drafting of the constitutions of India and Burma. He also served as a judge of the Bengal High Court and the Court of International Justice. He was also the Indian representative to the UN and was eventually knighted.

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M.C. Chagla
(Jurist)

M.C. Chagla
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Birthdate: September 30, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: February 9, 1981

Born into an affluent family, M.C. Chagla received an elite education at Oxford. He began his legal career with the Bombay High Court. He had also been part of the Muslim League and had worked under the aegis of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. He had been a minister of education and external affairs, too.

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K. M. Panikkar
(Diplomat)

K. M. Panikkar
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Birthdate: June 3, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Travancore, India
Died: December 10, 1963

Born in British India, K. M. Panikkar was educated at Oxford. Apart from teaching at the University of Calcutta and the Aligarh Muslim University, he also worked with Hindustan Times as a journalist. A diplomat in his later life, he had also been an ambassador to China, France, and Egypt.

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William Hay Macnaghten
(Civil servant)

William Hay Macnaghten
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Birthdate: August 24, 1793
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: December 23, 1841

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V. S. Srinivasa Sastri
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Birthdate: September 22, 1869
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valangaiman, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: April 17, 1946

Known for his mastery over English, Indian orator V. S. Srinivasa Sastri was also a noted independence activist, politician and writer.  A close follower of Gopal Krishna Gokhale and a friend of Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi, he took part in various international delegations and was seen as too sympathetic to British rule in India by many nationalistic leaders, including Jawaharlal Nehru.  

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Ausaf Sayeed
(Diplomat)

Ausaf Sayeed
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Birthdate: September 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Binay Ranjan Sen
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Birthdate: January 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dibrugarh, India
Died: June 12, 1993

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Prem Bhatia
(Journalist)

Prem Bhatia
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Birthdate: August 11, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: India
Died: May 8, 1995