"Memoirs of an Indian Diplomat seamlessly weaves together the narrative of the author’s personal journey of intellectual maturation and self-realization, and the meta-narrative of India’s ‘coming-of-age’ since independence. Drawn into the whirlwind of India’s freedom movement in 1942 as a student, the author went on to serve briefly in the Indian Police Service and finally entered the hallowed Indian Foreign Service, accomplishing crucial diplomatic missions to Soviet Union, Bhutan and Sikkim. Adding life and spice to his share of history-making in post-independence India, the author shares not only his own personal and professional anxieties, dilemmas and delights, but also rare insights into India’s evolving foreign policy and the psyche and working of India’s ruling elite and their power play, both within and outside the country. Peppered with anecdotes about his diplomatic maneuvers and dealings, as well as the moods and quirks of eminent political figures and bureaucrats he consorted with, this book gives a slice of history with a human touch."
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"Mr. B. S. Das has had a long record of service with the Government of India and the public and private sectors for over four decades. As a diplomat he served India's Foreign Office in various assignments in Vietnam, Soviet Union, UK, and Bhutan. He was elevated to the rank of an Ambassador and also appointed the Chief Executive of the Government of Sikkim. In 1974, he joined the public sector as Chairman, International Airports Authority of India, and went on to head Air India as its Chairman-cum-Managing Director. After retirement from Air India, he had a stint in the private sector as the head of the corporate group of one of the country's oldest and well known industrial houses. Mr. Das was also associated with one of India's premier universities, Jawaharlal Nehru University, as a visiting Professor and Ph.D. examiner, and authored two books, Sikkim Saga and Mission To Bhutan. He was a founder member of the Institute for Defence Studies & Analysis and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, as also a member and chairman of various committees set up by the Planning Commission of India. In 1972 he received the Padma Shri."
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