Harsh Vardhan Shringla likely to be India’s next ambassador to US

Shringla is likely to be replaced by Riva Ganguly Das, current director general of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh, is expected to be India’s next ambassador to the United States.

He would replace Navtej Sarna, who is slated to retire at the end of this year, reports UNB.

Shringla will likely be replaced by Riva Ganguly Das, current director general of the Ministry of External Affairs’ cultural arm, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, reports the Times of India.

Shringla’s shift is a part of a series of changes the Indian government is planning as it sends envoys to a number of important world capitals, the Times of India said.

However, when contacted, a diplomatic source in Dhaka said nothing has been finalized. “It will take time,” the source said.

Shringla was appointed Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka in November, 2015.

Source: https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/foreign-affairs/2018/09/12/shringla-likely-to-be-india-s-next-ambassador-to-us

Our most Beloved Fetching Revered Cherished Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Harsh Vardhan Shringla!

Efficient and Effective Service Delivery and Public Friendly Interface


His Excellency Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India’s Ambassador to Thailand has redefined our Indian Embassy in Thailand. He has given a new face, a new beginning, a new hope to the Indian Embassy. He has been exceedingly successful in regaining the confidence and trust of the Indians residing in Thailand, assuring them that they will be heard. Unlike the previous countless pleas that were insensitively left unheard of and people had stopped approaching the embassy for their troubles. He has effectively used Social Media to Connect People of the Two Countries :-

  • Facebook page of the Embassy (Followers increased exponentially from 1500 in Jan 2014 to around 18,500 in Dec 2015) as well as Personal Page of Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla – Real Time Updates
  • Twitter Account: India in Thailand
  • Informative Website of the Embassy
  • Launch of Mobile Application on Common Yoga Protocol
  • Regular Sharing of Information with Indian Associations through Email

 H.E. Harsh Vardhan Singla

His Excellency has been the first Ambassador to be so transparently available to the common man. He has always been found standing amongst the common crowd and not to be separately seated high and above the rest. Inviting each and every individual seeker into his cabin and entertaining his/her problem at a personal level. Most grounded, and hence most loved!

His great efforts and initiatives can be seen in :-

  • Daily Open House for all Consular and Visa Issues – Since March 2015
  • 24-Hour Response on Emergencies
  • Community Welfare Representatives in Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi and Ko Samui
  • Suggestion Box at the Embassy Premises
  • Online Registration of Indian Nationals
  • Deployment of an Embassy Official at Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Safety and Security of Indian Tourists – Jet Ski Scams (Pattaya)

And Promotion of Extensive People to People Contacts in the form of :_

  • ‘Festival of India in Thailand’ –– Reflection of Shared Cultural Heritage – (2014) and Strong Contemporary Ties (2015)
  • Successful Organisation of the First International Day of Yoga
  • World Sanskrit Conference 2015 and Regional Hindi Conference 2014
  • Mahatma Gandhi and His Majesty the King Exhibitions
  • Patron of the Indian Social Club of Thailand, an Umbrella Organisation of Indian Associations  
  • Students Exchange Programme and Scholarships to Thai Students to Study in India

He has also been very successful on the political front considering :-

  • Visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to India – Feb & July 2014
  • Visit of Hon’ble External Affairs Minister to Thailand – June 2015
  • Visits from India – Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce & Industry; Minister of Women & Child Development; Minister of State for Home Affairs; National Security Advisor
  • Visits from Thailand – Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of Commerce; Minister of Tourism and Sports

His contribution towards Comprehensive Bilateral Economic and Commercial Partnership has also been distinguished through :-

  • Launch and Promotion of ‘Make in India’ Campaign in Thailand
  • Buyer-Seller Meet/Business Interaction/Trade Promotion Events
  • Formation of Indian Business Leaders Forum in Thailand

And many such other tasks are commendable and will abide by us as assets/mementoes of a great achiever. Bangkok will dearly miss this well-wisher for his selfless love and simplicity. As we heave a heavy-hearted sigh, we wish H.E. Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla luck as he presses on his further journey. His enormous presence and kind-heartedness can’t be missed wherever he is, and he’s sure to spread love & laughter wherever he proceeds. His aura, his liveliness, his fortitude to make a difference will always be cherished.

We do hope to continue likewise with our forthcoming Ambassador to Thailand, thus carrying H.E. Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s labors forward.

Long Live H.E. Harsh Vardhan Shringla!

India won’t cut Thailand adrift: Ambassador


Indian Ambassador to Thailand Harsh Vardhan Shringla speaks to Nation Multimedia Group chairman Suthichai Yoon about the deepening ties between the two nations, Indian politics and how India reacted to the recent Thai military coup. Excerpts:

Suthichai: Ambassador Shringla, how has India changed since you got a new prime minister?

Shringla: I would say the change is very, very perceptible. You have been to Bombay recently and seen the buoyancy that is there. The mood is one of optimism. For the first time we have a government that has been elected with an overwhelming majority, which means that after 30 years, we have a government which enjoys an absolute majority in parliament, which is I think the mandate people have given to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi … for development, good governance and stability.

They felt that coalition governments had their limitations and could not take decisions that they wanted to take in the national interest, and that you needed to vote in someone who could enjoy a mandate which should deliver on the aspirations of the people of India, particularly the younger people. Because we have to remember that India is a country of younger people. Over 60 per cent of our population [is] below 35 years of age; 150 million – or almost one-fourth of the entire electorate – voted for the first time ever.

These are the people who will determine the future of the country.

What attracted the young people to Modi?

The important thing was they wanted someone who had a proven competence on delivering inclusive growth, on stability, on development. In other words, meeting the aspirations of young people. Economic aspirations, the aspiration for stability, the aspiration for India to take its rightful place at the centre of the international stage.

All of these are manifestations of the success the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] enjoyed in the last election.

Does the huge loss suffered by the Congress Party signal the end of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in politics?

Well, in politics there are no “ends”. There are only new beginnings. Congress was in power for 10 years and people felt a need for change. But [the election result] also reflected a trend in India – of people tired of governments that are ineffective.

What is Prime Minister Modi’s attitude or policy towards Asean? It doesn’t seem clear yet.

I think it is clear. The BJP manifesto talks about strong ties with the Asean, and they have not mentioned too many other regions.

You have to recall that it was in the previous BJP government that India established a partnership of summit meetings with Asean.

I can tell you that there’s a strong priority for India’s “Look East Policy”.

Any clear plan so far to strengthen relations with Asean?

We’re working on a wide range of issues. The free trade agreement is one of them. We’re also looking at enhanced cooperation in all fields. The [August 8-10] Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw … will prepare the groundwork for our engagement with Asean in a much more major way.

And for Thai-Indian relations in particular, what is your main concern or mission?

I would say that this is a relationship that offers very few concerns. The advantage we enjoy is that we have centuries of cooperation in terms of history, civilisation, spirituality, which very few countries enjoy. There’s a lot of things we are doing and can do together. And, certainly, we look at Thailand as a very, very important interlocutor and partner within Asean.

What has been the Indian government’s reaction to the coup in Thailand, officially

and unofficially?

After the military coup we released a statement indicating that, as a close and friendly neighbour, we expressed the hope that Thailand would resolve its political issues as soon as possible and restore normalcy in keeping with the spirit of democracy, rule of law and will of the people of the country. But we also understand that the relationship between the two neighbouring countries is one that requires constant communication.

We have tried to take a line that is more understanding of your internal situation and your effort to resolve your situation. We cannot allow our relationship to go into free-fall for the period in which you have this political transition.

So your position differs from that of the West – the United States and Europe, which have been critical and have downgraded relationships, especially military cooperation. Do India-Thailand relations remain the same?

I do not want to comment on the relationships between Thailand and other partners. All I can say is that as you come closer in geographical terms to any other country there are other realities that have to be taken into account. We share a long maritime border with Thailand. We are also geographically in close proximity to Thailand.

Therefore we have a different reality to keep in mind than many other countries. We have to compare [our stance] more with other countries within the Asean [region] and see whether it is consistent or not.

From what we understand, what you are going through today is a transition process, but it will ultimately lead to the restoration of full democracy.

Have you met the National Council for Peace and Order leadership?

[General Prayuth Chan-ocha] was kind enough to offer me a meeting. We were able to go through the entire gamut of the cooperation that India and Thailand enjoy.

The full interview was aired on Nation TV’s Timeline programme on August 17.

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/India-wont-cut-Thailand-adrift-Ambassador-30241155.html

Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited Thammasat University


Visit of Ambassador to Thammasat University

Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited Thammasat University and Pridi Banomyong International College on 3 June, 2014. He was accompanied by Counsellor Mr. Asish Padhi. He was shown around the Campus. He met with Dr. Somkit Lertpaithoon ,Rector of Thammasat University, Ms Nitinant Wisaweisuan ,Vice Rector for International Affairs, Thammasat University, Assoc. Prof. Pronchai Trakul-waranont, Deputy Rector for Lampang and Pattaya Campus, Dr. Mano Mettanando Laohavanish, Director of Gandhi Centre, Pattaya, Assoc. Prof. Kammal Kumar Pawa, Dean Chulabhorn International College of Medicine, Thammsat University, Dr. Nonglucksana Thepsawasdi, Director, India Studies Centre, Thammasat University, Assoc., Prof. Dr. Niyom Rathamarit, Dean of Pridi Banomyong International College, Prof. Dr. Jaran Maluleem, Head of Indian Study Programme, Pridi Banomyong International College, Dr. Bandit Aroman, Lecturer, Pridi Banomyong International College and Dr. Karuna Sharma, visiting Professor at the Indian Studies Chair.
Ambassador donated some books for Thammsat University library and assured Embassy of India’s continuous support to the University.

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ดร. บัณฑิต อโรมัน อาจาร์ย วิทยาลัยนานาชาติปรีดีพนมยงค์ และ ดร. กรุณา ชาร์ม่า ศาสตราจารย์ที่ศูนย์ศึกษาอินเดีย เอกอัครราชทูตร่วมบริจาคหนังสือใหักับห้องสมุดของ มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์ และยืนยัน ถึงการสนับสนุนอย่างต่อเนื่องของสถานทูตอินเดียกับมหาวิทยาลัย

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