New Delhi, May 30 : Former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Thursday took oath as a Cabinet minister in the second tenure of Narendra Modi government. In the absence of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj from the Union Cabinet, Jaishankar is tipped to take charge of the key ministry.
Mr Jaishankar had served as foreign secretary in the Modi government from January 2015 to January 2018 and was instrumental in heralding truce between Indian and Chinese troops face-off at Doklam in 2017.
He had also served as Ambassador of India to the US and China and it was during his tenure in Washington that Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a successful visit during the Presidency of Barack Obama.
After retirement, he took over as the Tata Group's president of Global Corporate Affairs. His inclusion in the Union Cabinet signals Mr Modi's preference for taking services of experts and specialists in his team.
In March last year, Mr Jaishankar was honoured with Padma Shri award by the Modi government for his contribution to civil services. He had joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977 and had also served as the High Commissioner to Singapore.
He served as third secretary and second secretary in the Indian mission to the Soviet Union in Moscow from 1979 to 1981, where he studied Russian. Also, he had played a key role in negotiating the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement which was signed by the UPA government in 2007.
Mr Jaishankar was born on January 9, 1955 in New Delhi to prominent Indian strategic affairs analyst, commentator and civil servant K Subrahmanyam and Sulochana.He did his schooling from Air Force Central School in New Delhi and is a graduate of St Stephen's College of Delhi University. He has an MA in Political Science and an MPhil and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where he specialized in nuclear diplomacy. (UNI)