(born September 4, 1946) was Foreign Secretary
in the Government of India
He is a 1970 batch Indian Foreign Service
officer. Before this, he has served as Indian Ambassador to Nepal
, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia
and Indian Ambassador to Myanmar
, High Commissioner
, Joint Secretary
in the Prime Minister's Office
, Deputy Chief of Mission in Tokyo
and Counsellor in the Indian Embassy in Beijing
In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan
by the Government of India
Tenure as foreign secretary
As foreign secretary, he visited China
in March 2005 for the 15th meeting of the India-China Joint Working Group on the boundary issue.
Stance on nuclear weapons
In April 2006, he said that India has no obligation to define its minimum credible nuclear-deterrent after U.S.
assistant secretary of state Richard Boucher
suggested that India "further define" its minimum deterrent. During his tenure Mr. Saran helped negotiate the India-United States nuclear deal
Even though the Prime Minister's Office
was willing to extended his tenure as foreign secretary when he was set to retire in September 2006, Mr. Saran did retire. He was an advisor to the Prime Minister specializing in nuclear issues, as well as the Indian envoy on climate change. He quit office on 19th February 2010 .
- - article in The Hindu dated June 10, 2004
- - article in the Hindu dated March 29, 2005
- on website of Ministry......