Who: Navtej Singh Sarna
What: Appointed as Indian High Commissioner to UK
When: 31 October 2015
Navtej Singh Sarna was on 31 October 2015 appointed as Indian High Commissioner to United Kingdom (UK). Sarna is a 1980 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer.
Prior to this appointment, Sarna was working as Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs where he was responsible for looking after country’s diplomatic affairs with the UK and other European nations.
Earlier, he had served in Indian missions in Moscow, Warsaw, Thimphu, Geneva, Tehran and Washington DC. He has also served as Indian Ambassador to Israel.
He also held the distinction of being the longest-serving spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry.
Sarna has also authored many books including The Exile– a novel based on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh, We Weren’t Lovers Like That– a novel and a non-fiction The Book of Nanak.