New heads of the Indian diplomatic missions in the UAE have reached the country, the Indian Consulate in Dubai and the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi have announced.
Indian ambassador to the UAE, T P Seetharam, arrived in the UAE on Sunday evening, the Indian Embassy said in a Press statement on Monday.
Seetharam is expected to soon present his credentials to the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He succeeds M K Lokesh, who is now posted in Switzerland.
Prior to his new post, Seetharam served as the Indian High Commissioner to Mauritius. He has handled India’s bilateral relations with countries in Europe as Additional Secretary, West Europe and as Joint Secretary Central, Europe in New Delhi. A Mandarin-speaking officer of the 1980 batch, he was the Director General of the India-Taipei Association and has also worked in the Indian Embassy in Beijing and the Indian Commission in Hong Kong. He has considerable experience in Southern Africa and has also worked as the Minister dealing with Conference on Disarmament in the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva.
He has worked as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangkok (Thailand) and dealt with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). He also served the Indian Embassy in Phnom Penh (Cambodia).
The younger brother of veteran Indian diplomat T P Sreenivasan, Seetharam has also worked as Press Secretary to the former Indian president K R Narayanan. Born in Kerala in 1956, Seetharam is married to Deepa Elenkath and has a son and a daughter.
CG takes charge
The Indian Consulate said Anurag Bhushan took charge as the Consul-General of India for Dubai and Northern Emirates, on December 28. He succeeds Sanjay Verma, who has been appointed as the Indian Ambassador to Ethiopia.
Bhushan joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1995. As a career diplomat, his overseas assignments included Political, Information and Cultural work in Tokyo; Economic, Commercial, Visa and Administration responsibilities in Dhaka and as Head of the Political and Administration wings in the Indian Embassy in Berlin.
He was also responsible for training of foreign diplomats as well as Indian Foreign Service officers during his assignment at the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi. Most recently, he was Head of the Regional Passport Office in New Delhi.
Grown up largely in Uttar Pradesh, Bhushan is an alumnus of IIT, Kanpur and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
He is married to Neeta Bhushan, who is also in the Indian Foreign Service and is presently Joint Secretary at the headquarters of Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. They have a son and a daughter.