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Randhir Jaiswal Takes Over As MEA Spokesperson From Arindam Bagchi

In a significant transition at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Arindam Bagchi, the official spokesperson, has passed on the baton to Randhir Jaiswal. This move comes after Arindam Bagchi’s appointment as India’s next Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva in October 2023. Mr. Bagchi, a seasoned 1995-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer holding the position of Additional Secretary in the MEA, had taken over as the spokesperson in March 2021.

During his tenure, which spanned the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic and other critical events, Mr. Bagchi played a crucial role in representing India’s foreign policy. His term witnessed the India-China standoff in eastern Ladakh, India’s successful hosting of the G20 Summit in September, and an intensified pace of diplomatic engagements with various global partners.

Introduction of the New Spokesperson

Taking over the role of the official spokesperson is Randhir Jaiswal, a 1998-batch IFS officer. Mr. Jaiswal has a commendable track record, having previously served as the consul general in New York since July 2020. He received praise for actively participating in the repatriation efforts of Indian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing his diplomatic acumen during an unprecedented global health crisis.

Mr. Jaiswal’s diplomatic career has included assignments in Portugal, Cuba, South Africa, and India’s permanent mission to the UN in New York. His diverse experience positions him well to succeed Arindam Bagchi as the MEA spokesperson, where he is expected to navigate and articulate India’s foreign policy in the evolving global landscape.

Important Questions Related to Exams

1. Who served as the previous MEA spokesperson before Randhir Jaiswal?

(a) V. Muraleedharan
(b) Arindam Bagchi
(c) Rajesh Uike
(d) Randhir Jaiswal

2. In what year did Arindam Bagchi take over as the MEA spokesperson?

(a) 2020
(b) 2021
(c) 2022
(d) 2023

3. What is Arindam Bagchi’s new appointment after leaving the MEA spokesperson position?

(a) Ambassador to France
(b) Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva
(c) Foreign Secretary
(d) Chief of Protocol

4. Which challenging event occurred during Arindam Bagchi’s tenure as spokesperson?

(a) G20 Summit
(b) COVID-19 pandemic
(c) India-China standoff
(d) All of the above

5. What city did Randhir Jaiswal previously serve as Consul General in?

(a) London
(b) Tokyo
(c) New York
(d) Berlin

6. What diplomatic crisis did Randhir Jaiswal handle during his previous role?

(a) Trade War with China
(b) Refugee Crisis in Europe
(c) Repatriation of Indian Americans during COVID-19
(d) Hostage Situation in Africa

7. What year did Randhir Jaiswal join the Indian Foreign Service?

(a) 1990
(b) 1995
(c) 1998
(d) 2000

8. In which countries has Randhir Jaiswal held diplomatic assignments?

(a) Portugal, Cuba, South Africa, UN (New York)
(b) Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal
(c) Russia, China, Japan, Korea
(d) France, Germany, Italy, Spain

9. What is expected of Randhir Jaiswal in his new role as MEA spokesperson?

(a) Manage bilateral relations with neighboring countries
(b) Oversee consular services globally
(c) Navigate and articulate India’s foreign policy
(d) Conduct press briefings and media outreach

Please provide your answers in the comments section

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