dispel that perception and list dos and don'ts for a career diplomats. Released recently by ex-diplomat and Vice President of India M Hamid Ansari, the book could be of help for non-diplomat globe-trotters as well. For young IFS probationers and aspiring diplomats, it’s more a guide-book.
Budhwar’s book has hit the book stalls when the government has agreed to double the total strength of career diplomats to about 1,500, and the ministry of external affairs is pitching for even more to inch towards China’s statistics of over 6,000 diplomats.
A 1962 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Budhwar divides his time between Delhi and his cottage at Kumaon hills. In this internet age, Budhwar finds the hilly set-up of Kumaon an ideal location to research and write his fifth book.
While releasing the book, Vice President Ansari said that younger IFS officers are in many ways brighter than the older lot. Yet, the nation requires diplomats having exceptional skills to meet today’s global challenges.
Ex-IAS turns author
Last week, ex-home secretary and current Governor of Sikkim Balmiki Prasad Singh presented a copy of his recent book named “Our India” written for school children. The book portrays his appreciation of India’s experience as a civilization and as a nation.