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Modi govt looks at major diplomatic reshuffle, to send new envoys to Dhaka, Taipei, Kabul

New Delhi: In a major diplomatic reshuffle, India has decided to rejig some of the key diplomatic locations within the neighbourhood and beyond, even as it gears up to face a changed strategic world order after the coronavirus pandemic. New Delhi will soon be sending some of its bright diplomats Vikram Doraiswami, Rudrendra Tandon and Gourangalal Das to Dhaka, Kabul and Taipei, respectively, ThePrint has learnt.

A 1992-batch IFS officer, Doraiswami is currently posted as Additional Secretary, looking after Bangladesh and Myanmar as well as international conferences and global organisations. He was also looking after the Indo-Pacific affairs prior to this.

Doraiswami, believed to be a favourite of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, has served as India’s Ambassador to South Korea until 2018. He was also joint secretary of the Americas division at the external affairs ministry from 2012 till 2014, which also overlapped with Jaishankar’s tenure in the US as Indian envoy there.

Fluent in Mandarin, French and Urdu, Doraiswami has also been India’s Ambassador to Tashkent.

As India’s new envoy to Dhaka, Doraiswami will be playing a critical role in maintaining a robust presence of India there while wading away the threat of growing Chinese influence, sources told ThePrint.

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