S. Jaishankar (Union Minister of External Affairs) - Biography

S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, EAM
The Financial Express

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Indian Diplomat turned Politician. Former foreign secretary of India. Currently, Servings as the Union Minister of External Affairs (EAM). He is 1st Foreign Secretary to serve as External Affairs Minister. He is Member of Rajya Sabha from Gujarat on BJP’S ticket. Previously, served as Indian Ambassador to USA, China & Czech Republic. S. Jaishankar was awarded with Padma Shri, 4th Highest Civilian Honour. From 1985-88 he served first secretary of Indian Embassy in US.

Early Life

S. Jaishankar was Born on 9 January 1955. Born in New Delhi India. His Parents, K. Subrahmanyam & Sulochana were Civil Servant & Strategic Affair Analyst. He is Married to Kyoko Jaishankar. He can speak Multiple languages.


He has studied in Cambridge School, Srinivaspuri. Graduated from St. Stephens , DU & holds degree of M.A in Political Science. He is an M.Phil & Ph.D in International Relations from JNU.

As Diplomat

S. Jaishankar was elected for Indian Foreign Services in 1977. There Served as 2nd & 3rd secretary of Indian Mission to USSR in Moscow. Then, he served as undersecretary of America’s Division of EAM. And, part of team to resolve the dispute for supply of US nuclear fuel to Tarapur Power Station.

Sri Lanka & Japan

He served as 1st Secretary & Political Advisor of Indian Peacekeeping Force in Sri Lanka. Also, he served as Press Secretary & Speechwriter for President of India. Jaishankar was appointed as deputy chief of Mission at Indian Embassy in Tokyo. Following, Pokhran2 Indo-Japan relations were greatly effected.

India-US Nuclear deal

From 2004-07 he was Joint Secretary of EAM, Delhi. Thereby, he worked for negotiating the Indo-US civil nuclear Agreement, 123 Agreements. Also, he worked to Improve Defence Cooperation between India-US. Further, associated with US-India Energy dialouge, India-US Economic Dialogue & India-US CEO’s forum.

High Commissioner to Singapore 

In 2007 he was appointed as India’s High Commissioner to Singapore. As High Commissioner he worked for implementation of Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). Due to CECA Indian firms were allowed to expand business in Singapore. Meanwhile, he reviewed defence agreement which allows Singapore to keep some Military equipments permanently in India.

Ambassador to China

Subramanyam Jaishankar was India’s Longest serving Ambassador in China. He was Involved in Enhancing of Economic, Trade & Cultural Relations between India-China. As well as He was Involved in Managing Sino-Indian Border dispute.

Sino-Indian Disputes

In 2010 he briefed CCS about cancelation of visa of Indian Army chief of North Command. After which India suspended all its defence ties with China. While chinese passports Indicated Arunachal Pradesh & Aksai Chin as part of china. He ordered Chinese Nationals that those are part of India. China agreed to Invest $400 Million for Tebian Electric Apparatus Plant in Gujarat only because of S.Jaishankar.

Ambassador to US

India appointed S.Jaishankar as Indian Ambassador to USA in 2013. Upon his arrival amid Devyani Khogragade case, he Negotiated for Devyani’s departure from US. Thereafter, he formally presented his Credential to Barack Obama in 2014. Moreover, he was caretaker of PM Modi’s maiden visit to US, from welcoming to hosting a dinner in PM’s Honour.

Foreign Secretary & External Affairs Minister

Following the meeting of Appointments Commitee of Cabinet, S. Jaishankar was appointed as Foreign Secretary. As Foreign Secretary, He was appreciated by Nepalese Analyst for Original Planner of 2015 Nepal Blockade. Furthermore, S.Jaishankar was appointed as EAM in 2019. He succeeded Late. Sushma Swaraj.

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