News India Times – that’s all you need to know Envoy's Farewell Taranjit Singh Sandhu Slated To Be India’s Next Ambassador To U.S. Cover Story 5 News India Times January 24, 2020 when he was Foreign Secretary (2015- 2018), and Jaishankar is understood to have strongly endorsed his appointment to the top job in the Foreign Service, reported The Hindu, last year. In particular, Shringla’s handling of India’s neighborhood will be valued in his new assignment, given recent tensions with Bangladesh over the CAA-NRC con- troversy, China’s new inroads in Nepal and other South Asian countries, as well as continuing tensions with Pakistan, which have practically derailed the SAARC process, the report said. Shringla assumed charge as Indian Ambassador to the United States on January 9, 2019, as the youngest Ambassador of India to the United States. He received a rousing welcome at the Congressional Reception hosted by the Senate India Caucus and Congressional Caucus on India which was attended by an unprecedented 67 Members of the US Congress, including Senators. A highlight of Shringla’s tenure in the US was his planning and organization of the hugely popular “Howdy Modi” event in Texas, that saw President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi address a rally together. The meet was widely publicized and reported, and was deemed a success. Shringla has actively engaged with US think-tanks where he has spoken, partici- pated in round-table discussions and given keynote speeches on various topics related to India-US relations and on other topics of mutual interests to both coun- tries, according toWikipedia. In April of this year, Shringla addressed the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he emphasized upon the need to preserve a global order based on international rules that all can adhere to. Also last week, Congressman Joe Wilson, a member of the India Caucus, hosted a farewell breakfast for Shringla, in association with the Indian American International Chamber of Commerce (IAICC) on January 9, at Capitol Hill. At the farewell, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Reps. TedYoho, Michael Guest, and Dr. Neal Dunn along with Ambassador Amit Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Consul General of India in Atlanta, and KV Kumar, President & CEO, IAICC, congratulated shringla on his new appointment, accord- ing to a press release. Wilson honored Shringla with a Special Congressional Recognition, and said he is looking forward to working with him in his new role. On behalf of IAICC, Dr. Nandini Selvam, President ofWomen in Business & Leadership, presented a tie to Shringla. The members of Congress recognized “India as a great friend of the US,” and noted the excellent progress made by Shringla in India-US relations during his tenure. They also appreciated Shringla for his pro-active and consistent engagement with the US Congress. Shringla also called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last Friday and discussed “further strengthening” of bilateral ties and partnership between India and the United States. The two will meet soon in India if President Trump’s visit to India is finalized. India and the US made “excellent progress made in 2019”, the Indian Embassy tweeted after the meeting between the duo, inWashington, DC. Continued From Page 4 By StaffWriter A ccording to news reports out of India, the country’s next envoy to the U.S. is going to be career Foreign Service Officer and current High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu. If appointed, he would be replac- ing Ambassador HarshV. Shringla, who recently left for India to take over as Foreign Secretary. An oldWashington hand, Sandhu worked in several capacities in the U.S. in the 1990s and 2000s. His appointment is a savvy move in light of some murmurings on Capitol Hill against India on thorny issues relating to India’s revocation of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status and lock- down measures taken in the new state of Kashmir; as well as the new Citizenship Amendment Act that has led to wide scale protests in that country. Prior to his current assignment in Colombo, High Commissioner Sandhu was Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of India inWashington D.C. from July 2013 to January 2017, according to his bio available on the website of India’s Sri Lanka High Commission. He was also inWashington just after India’s nuclear test of 1998, which put New Delhi in the crosshairs of U.S. nuclear weapons policy, and is said to have worked behind the scenes to win over crit- ics on Capitol Hill. He served as Consul General of India in Frankfurt from September 2011 to July 2013. From 2009 to August 2011, he served in the Ministry of External Affairs as Joint Secretary (United Nations) and later as Joint Secretary (Administration) heading the Human Resource Division. From July 2005 to February 2009, Sandhu was stationed at the Permanent Mission of India to United Nations, New York. He was First Secretary (Political) at Embassy of India,Washington, D.C. respon- sible for liaison with the United States Congress from 1997-2000. High Commissioner Sandhu earlier served as the Head of the PoliticalWing in the High Commission of India, Colombo fromDecember 2000 to September 2004. In his thirty years in the Indian Foreign Service Sandhu’s various assignments have included working in the former Soviet Union (Russia) from 1990 to 1992 as Third Secretary (Political) / Second Secretary (Commercial). Following the breakup of Soviet Union, he was deputed to open a new Embassy in Ukraine. He served as Head of Political and AdministrationWings at the Indian Embassy in Kiev from 1992 to 1994. On his return to India, he served as Officer on Special Duty (Press Relations), Ministry of External Affairs from 1994 to March 1997. He was responsible for liaison with foreign media in India. Born on Jan. 23, 1963, Sandhu studied at The Lawrence School, Sanawar and gradu- ated with History Honors from St. Stephens’ College, Delhi. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is married to Reenat Sandhu, who is Ambassador of India to Italy. They have two children. Currently India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, is reportedly slated to become the next Ambassador to the U.S. replacing Harsh V. Shringla, who returned to India as Foreign Secretary. Photo: JayMandal/On Assignment India's Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla pose with staff members of the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC. Seen on his left is Amit Kumar, Chargé d'affaires, Indian Embassy. CourtesyofTwitter Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla paid a farewell call on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Washington, DC. They discussed further strengthening of the partnership between India and the US building on the excellent progress made in 2019.