With several foreign leaders set to be in town for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, South Block has roped in its former chief of protocol Ruchira Kamboj to manage protocol affairs in the Capital.
While understanding other people’s languages, cultures, etiquettes and taboos is of great value to a person visiting another country, it is equally important that as a host, especially if you happen to be the Prime Minister of India, you take good care to ensure that proper protocol is maintained.
The leaders of the eight SAARC member countries, have been invited to attend the Narendra Modi government’s swearing-in ceremony on Monday.
Some term this as a mini-summit and a lot of media attention is of course on whether or not the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the same.
Ruchira Kamboj, who recently left for Paris as India’s envoy at UNESCO, is the most experienced hand in dealing with the protocol staff of all countries.
She had handled several multilateral meetings in Delhi – BRICS, Asia-Europe meeting and IOR-ARC to name a few — in the past three years.
Ruchira Kamboj will assist the incumbent Pradeep Rawat.
Who is Ruchira Kamboj?
Ruchira Kamboj was formerly the Chief of Protocol to the Government of India, and was the first woman in the Indian Foreign Service to hold this position.
Kamboj joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1987 being the topper of her batch for that year. She has served as the Deputy Head in the office of the Commonwealth Secretary-General, London. Prior to that, she served as the Minister & Head, High Commission of India, Cape Town, South Africa.
She has served as a Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York City. She has also served at the High Commission of India Mauritius and at the Indian Embassy in Paris. She has held the positions of Director/Deputy Secretary (Foreign Service Personnel) and Under Secretary (Europe West) in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
On September 25, 2013 Ruchira Kamboj was appointed as the Ambassador & Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO, Paris.