How India Functions Under Modi – Part Three

May 16, 2017 Asia , India , Opinion , OPINION/NEWS

PIB photo

 

By

Ratnesh Dwivedi

 

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

 

 

Background:

 

The idea of the Indian foreign service dates back to the colonial times during the British rule when it was found necessary to divide the government into broad departments of Home, Finance, Military and Foreign.

In September 1946, on the eve of India’s independence, the Government of India decided to create a service called the Indian Foreign Service for India’s diplomatic, consular and commercial representation overseas.

The Foreign Minister heads the ministry and is supported by junior ministers. Presently Sushma Swaraj is the Minister for External Affairs and there are two Ministers of State for External Affairs- Gen (Dr) V K Singh and Mr. M J Akbar.

 

 

 

 

As far as the department of Public Relations in the Ministry of External Affairs is concerned, the office of the Official Spokesperson and Joint Secretary (External Publicity) is the interface of the Ministry of External Affairs with the media.

Currently Mr. Gopal Baglay holds the post of the Official Spokesperson and Joint Secretary (External Publicity)

 

 

The contact detail of the External Affairs Ministry is as follows:

 

 

Sushma SwarajExternal Affairs Minister23011127 / 2301116523013254
23011463
eam@mea.gov.in
Apoorva SrivastavaDir (EAMO)23011127 / 2301116523011463 23013254diream@mea.gov.in
Satish Chander GuptaPS to EAM23011127 / 2301116523011463 23013254pseam@mea.gov.in
Sharad KumarOSD[Hindi-EAMO]2301071023011463osdeam@mea.gov.in
Sunil Kumar SharmaUS [EAMO]23011127 / 2301116523011463 23013254useamo@mea.gov.in
General (Dr) Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd)Minister of State for External Affairs23011141 / 23014070/ 2379 433723011425mosvks@mea.gov.in
Animesh ChoudhuryDir [MOSO]23014070/ 23011141/ 2379433723011425dirmosvks@mea.gov.in
M.J. AkbarMinister of State for External Affairs23017763, 2301528049016726mja@mea.gov.in
A. AmarnathDS [MOSO]23017763, 2301528049016726dsmosmja@mea.gov.in
Kashish Mittal23017763, 23015280 (O)4901672649016726psmosmja@mea

 

 

 

The organization and the contact details of the office of the Official Spokesperson and Joint Secretary (External Publicity) is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

NameDesignationPhoneFaxEmail
Gopal BaglayOfficial Spokesperson and Joint Secretary [XP]

 

+91-11-23383371, +91-11-23383373+91-11-23384319jsxp@mea.gov.in

 

MriduPawan DasDirector [XP]+91-11-23383316 

+91-11-23384663

dirxp@mea.gov.in
Abu Mathen GeorgeOfficer on Special Duty [Press Relations]+91-11- 23383462+91-11-23386910osdpr@mea.gov.in
M. L. K. Raja

 

Officer on Special Duty [PD]+91-11-23388949

 

+91-11-23387075 

osdpd2@mea.gov.in

Ashish SharmaUnder Secretary [DD]+91-11- 23387524+91-11- 23387075 

dsdd@mea.gov.in

Kapil SharmaUnder Secretary [PD]+91-11-23388947 uspd@mea.gov.in
SqnLdrPriya JoshiUnder Secretary [XP]+91-11-23388946+91-11-23387075 
Rajender KumarPublicity Officer [XLM]+91-11-23383393+91-11-23387075xpt@mea.gov.in
Sanjeev Kumar GoelPublicity Officer [XMM]+91-11-23389351+91-11-23387075poxps@mea.gov.in
Bijender KumarPublicity Officer [XPR]+91-11-23384364+91-11-23387075poxpr@mea.gov.in
Reeta AroraPublicity Officer [XPC & POR]? +91-11-23382760+91-11-23386080popms@mea.gov.in
BiswadebGoswamiPublicity Officer [XFM]+91-11-23385193+91-11-23387075poxpr@mea.gov.in
Liz Jacqueline ToppoPublicity Officer [PAV]+91-11-23381769 po-xav@mea.gov.in
Abdul Hameed NaikAdministrative Officer (XAD)

 

+91-11-23382089 popad@mea.gov.in
Ravish Kumar

 

Publicity Officer (XPT)+91-11-23782678 poxpt@mea.gov.in
Savita AhujaPublicity Officer (IP)

 

+91-11-23381719

 

 poip@mea.gov.in
SushmaPawar

 

Publicity Officer (PMS)+91-11-23381719 popms@mea.gov.in

 

Legends

 

DPADevelopment
Partnership
Administration
MERMultilateral Economic RelationsRPORegional Passport Office
ERSEurasiaMOIAMinistry Of Overseas Indian AffairsRTIRight To Information
EWEurope WestMOSMinister Of State For External AffairsSASpecial Assignment
EXTD. & OIExtradition & OverseasNRINon Resident IndiansSAARCSouth Asian Association For Regional Cooperation
FDForeign And Daily AllowanceNSCNational Security CouncilSEStationery Equipment
FEForeign ExchangeOD’AObject D’ ArtSEASouth East Asia
FINFinanceOSDOfficer Onspeical DutySKCSpecial Kuwait Cell
FSIForeign Service InstitutePAIPakistan Afghanistan IranSPSpecial Publicity
FSPForeign Service PersonnelPB, PF & PGPersonnel-B, F & GSP-VMSupply & Purchase­ Vehicles In Missions
ICCRIndian Council For Cultural relationsPC, PD & PEPersonnel -C, D & ESSSpecial Secretary
INSPInspectionPDPublic DiplomacySUSpecial Unit
IOInternational OrganizationsPMOPrime Minister’s OfficeTCTechnical Cooperation
ITPInvestment, Technology, PromotionPOLPoliticalUNESUnited Nations Economic Social
JKJapan KoreaPP&RPolicy, Planning And ResearchUNPUnited Nations Political
JSJoint SecretaryPRPress RelationsUSUnder Secretary
L&TLegal & TreatiesPROPPropertyVPIVice President of India
LACLatin America and CarribeanPSPPassport Seva ProjectWAWestern Africa
LC & TGLocal Cadre & Travel GeneralPVPassport & VisaWANANorth Africa
MAMilitaryaffairsPV & PDPassport & Visa, & Project DirectorWEL & RM &CPIOWelfare & Record Managment& Central Public Information Officer
MEAMinistry Of External affairsPV-VIGPassport Visa­vigilanceXPExternal Publicity

 

 

 

 

 

Mode of Operation

 

The office of the Official Spokesperson and Joint Secretary (External Publicity) is the interface of the Ministry of External Affairs with the media. This office does press briefings almost on a daily basis and communicates with the media on all matters relating to external affairs and India’s foreign policies.

This office also maintains a very active social media presence, as can be seen in the details above.

There are almost 600 officers in the External Affairs ministry and the division within the Ministry of External Affairs that refers to China is the EA (East Asia) Division. EA division looks after all matters relating to China, Japan, People’s Republic of Korea and Mongolia.

It is headed by a Joint Secretary; currently Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat.

The contact detail of the EA division is as follows:

 

NameDesignationTelephoneFaxE-mail
Pradeep Kumar RawatJS [EA]4901673223792124jsea@mea.gov.in
Sujit GhoshDir [EA]2301253623016514dirchina@mea.gov.in
Prasanna SrivastavaDS [China]2301135623011356dschina2@mea.gov.in
Neeharika SinghDS [Japan]2301502523015025dsj@mea.gov.in
George V. GeorgeUS [EA]2301284723012847dsjk@mea.gov.in
Rajesh N. NaikUS [Japan]2301502523015025dsj@mea.gov.in
Gautam Kumar PandeyAssistant Secretary23014467  
Deepak PadmakumarAssistant Secretary23014467  

 

 

 

On China:

 

The ministry and relevant departments regularly comment on China related issues. The people of India want to know about China and its policies and the Spokesperson and his office regularly communicate with the media on these issues. In the last few weeks they have spoken about Dalai Lama and Arunachal Pradesh related issues, some examples of which are below:

 

The attitude is both positive and negative. The meeting between Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesul was reported as “positive and constructive”.

On the other hand, the boundary issue in Arunachal Pradesh has also gathered a number of reactions, neutral, negative and positive.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “Let me make it absolutely clear that there is no change whatsoever in the Government of India’s policy towards the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. Similarly, our approach to seeking a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the boundary question remains unchanged.”

While on Arunachal Pradesh, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “Let me make it absolutely clear that there is no change whatsoever in the Government of India’s policy towards the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. Similarly, our approach to seeking a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the boundary question remains unchanged.”

 

Some examples from the media:

Strategic Dialogue with China positive

 

“The first Strategic Dialogue between India and China in Beijing last week that was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesul was “positive and constructive”, a senior official said.

“Our assessment is that the recent meeting was positive and constructive,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in response to a question on an article that appeared in the Global Times, a leading English daily in China, in connection with the Strategic Dialogue.

“We both agreed that at the time when the global situation is in flux, a more stable, substantive and forward-looking India-China relationship was good for the international system,” Baglay said.”

 

No change

 

“India today asserted that there is no change in its position on Tibet being part of China and it will continue to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the vexed boundary issue.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “Let me make it absolutely clear that there is no change whatsoever in the Government of India’s policy towards the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. Similarly, our approach to seeking a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the boundary question remains unchanged.”

 

 

India rejects neighbour’s attempt to rename six towns in the border State

 

“India on Thursday rejected China’s move to rename six towns in Arunachal Pradesh, giving them new Chinese names in its official record.

“Assigning invented names to the towns of your neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay. “Arunachal Pradesh is and will always be an integral part of India,” he added.”

 

 

 

 

 

Ratnesh Dwivedi

Ratnesh Dwivedi transferred his skills of the Media Industry into his passion for writing, teaching and commenting on Global Affairs. He has seen the changing face of global politics as a budding media professional who regularly comments on the changing equation between U.S., Middle East and South Asia. He has been writing on the U.S. led strike on Iraq and post war reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. Later he continued his association with President George W Bush as a Charter Member of the George W Bush Presidential Center, Texas. The center is home to documentation of President Bush’s double tenure and consists of a library and museum.

Apart from his association with the Bush Center, Ratnesh Dwivedi is associated with several other organizations. He is Chapter Member with the Internet Society, a global non-profit organization which works for popularity of the internet. Ratnesh is also associated with
the European Communication Research and Education Association, a premier media research organization in Europe. He is also an Individual Member with the Institute of English Studies, University of London and has a non-member status with the American Astronomical Society.

He has authored five books. ‘The Story of an Intern’ is a reportage book of the struggle of an intern in the big bad media world, while ‘The Cosmic Mask’ is a compilation of nine space fiction stories which he self published with an Amazon company. Third and fourth are awarded academic books. His fifth book on US Intelligence and Cost of War was released in 2015.

Ratnesh Dwivedi bears the honor of attending several high rated workshops of NASA and continuously follows NASA updates. Ratnesh loves to be categorized as a prolific writer, commentator and academician.

Ratnesh Dwivedi attained his Masters Degree from the University of Lucknow in Journalism and Mass Communication in 1999 and is currently pursuing a doctorate on “International Terrorism and Television Channels: Operation and Regulation of Television Channels During Coverage of 9/11 and 26/11” from Amity University, India under the supervision of Dr Sarah T Partlow, Director and Professor at Idaho State University, U.S.

He has been associated with Amity University, where he led a project to set up Community Radio Station and TV Studio apart from his teaching assignment. He is widely published academician in the field of Media and Communication with nearly 30 publications and presentations in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Britain, USA and India.

He is serving as Director-CRS at Teerthankar Mahaveer University in India. He is Consultant with a NJ, a U.S. based Energy Firm, Advisors Energy Group and serves as Country Manager-India with London, UK based Cyber Security Firm-Orion-SAS. He reports for a China based think tank and contributes for global online magazine Tuck. He is Head of India with an Italian based CounterTerrorism entity which works with partner agencies around the globe. He lives in New Delhi with his wife and son.

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