Shiv Shankar Menon

Shiv Shankar Menon

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Shivshankar Menon or Sivasankara Menon (; born 5 July 1949) is the present National Security Advisor (NSA) to the Prime Minister of India. He previously served as the Foreign Secretary, the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan and in China and Israel as ambassador and diplomat.

Early life and education

Menon hails from Ottapalam in Palakkad district of Kerala. He comes from a family of diplomats and aristocrats.His father Parappil Narayana Menon was also a career diplomat and served as the ambassador to Yugoslavia in his last days. His grandfather K P S Menon was India's first foreign secretary, while K P S Menon , the former Indian ambassador to China, is his uncle.

Menon did his schooling from Scindia School, Gwalior, and later did his MA in History from Delhi University.


Menon started his career with 1972 batch of the Indian Foreign Service.

He had a stint in the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) as Advisor to the Atomic Energy Commission. This work continued through his posting in Vienna. He was then posted to Beijing, the first of three positions he served in China. His last position in China as ambassador was also significant as it marked improvement in Sino-India relations, the high point being the visit of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Menon has also...
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