The Rise of S. Jaishankar, from JNU Scholar to Rajya Sabha MP (NewsNumber Exclusive)

Last Updated: Jul 08 2019 16:20
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Amid all the criticism that the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) might have been facing over the victory of various controversial candidates in the Lok Sabha elections, there is one person who has got all the claps in the Modi Cabinet. He is none other than Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. Jaishankar, who is a stalwart of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serving as the current Minister of External Affairs in the Government of India since 31 May 2019. 

In the latest development, he has taken oath as the Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat. The success story of Jaishankar from being a PhD scholar of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to external affairs minister is much laudable.

Born to prominent Indian Strategic affairs analyst and a civil servant, K Subrahmanyam, Jaishankar did his Masters in Political Science and M.Phill and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where he specialized in nuclear diplomacy. Jaishankar has also served as the foreign secretary during Modi government’s first term in office, got elected to the Upper House from Gujarat last week in by-elections following the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah and Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, who were elected to Lok Sabha in the general elections.

Also, the close aide of PM Modi has various achievements in his kitty. Jaishankar was India's longest-serving ambassador to China. He has served as India’s ambassador to the United States. In 2019, Jaishankar was conferred with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country. Most importantly, the quality that makes him different is that he has the ability to go beyond the conventional ideas and wisdom and thing out of the box.