New Delhi: MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup appointed as High Commissioner of lndia to Canada.
Swarup is a writer and diplomat is the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India. He is best known as the author of the novel Q & A, adapted in film as Slumdog Millionaire, the winner of Best Film for the year 2009 at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and BAFTA Awards.
Swarup joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and served in Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Japan in various Indian diplomatic missions.
His other novels are Six Suspects and The Accidental Apprentice. In April 2015, he was appointed as the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India to head its Public Diplomacy divisions at New Delhi, succeeding Syed Akbaruddin.
According to reports, Gopal Bagley, Joint Secretary (Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan), will take over as the spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs.