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Anecdotes from a Diplomat's diary
Anecdotes from a Diplomat's diary

Anecdotes from a Diplomat's diary

by P J Rao

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Language

English

Publisher

East West Books

ISBN

978-81-8861-72-5 - Year: 2008 - Pages: 240

Binding

Paperback

P J Rao

Author: P J Rao
Publisher: East West Books
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 240
ISBN/UPC (if available): 978-81-8861-72-5

Description

This is a fascinating account of the author's struggle as a poor boy trying to finance his education, his love marriage in 1944 against formidable opposition from family and the community at large, his career as a journalist on The Statesman and All India Radio, and then his long span as a diplomat representing India in many countries and at the United Nations.

While working on Te Statesman he witnessed the Great Calcutta Killing which was unleashed on the 16th August, 1946, the Dir4ect Action Day declared by the Muslim League and the sporadic stabbings that followed for almost a year. As the sole survivor of the three Indian officials who played a pivotal role in the liberation of Pondicherry, the author reveals many little known facts of the liberation movement. Posted as an Indian diplomat in Central and East Africa in the late 1950s, he was closely associated with several prominent African politicians and with their struggle for Uhuru meaning independence. He also exposed to the world the false claims of racial non-discrimination of the white rulers of Central Africa. In Burma, he was witness to the army coup d'etat in March 1862 and the subsequent misrule and harassment of local Indians. In Canada, he handled the visits of Indira Gandhi and Prime Minister Lal Bhadur Shastri.

subsequently, he overcame through deft handling, a major challenge posed his career by internal intrigue. His tenure of four years in Japan was culturally rewarding and accorded him an audience with the Emperor. As member of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations for nearly four years, he played an important role as Rapporteur of the Special Committee against Apartheid reporting developments and making recommendations each year to the UN General Assembly.

After retiring from the Foreign service, the author joined UNESCO and worked in Paris and Bangkok. While in Bangkok, he had occasion to travel on official work to several countries in South East Asia and the Pacific dealing with information and cultural matters.

Contents

Preface
Introduction

The Roots
Work as a Journalist
Beginning of My Career as a Diplomat
My First Overseas Posting
Hazardous Drive to Nairobi
Sojourn in Burma
Eventful Assignment in Canada
Home Posting - Stay in India for Three Years
Pleasant and Enlightening Stay in Japan
My New York Posting: Challenges and Success
Stayt in Paris and Bangkok after joining UNESCO

Annexure

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