Arindam Bagchi appointed as India’s permanent representative to UN

Bagchi will succeed Indra Mani Pandey in Geneva.

Yasmin Tinwala

Arindam Bagchi / Image-X/@MEAIndia

Current Spokesperson and Additional Secretary of India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Arindam Bagchi, was appointed as the next envoy/permanent representative of India to the United Nations (UN) and the other international organizations in Geneva, as per a news release on October 16.

“Arindam Bagchi (IFS:1995), presently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next Ambassador/Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva… He is expected to take up the assignment shortly,” read the official statement by the MEA.

Bagchi will succeed Indra Mani Pandey in Geneva. The latter is scheduled to return to Delhi soon. He became the permanent representative of India to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva on September 5, 2020.

Bagchi is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1995 batch. He held the position of MEA’s spokesperson since March 2020 when the world was reeling under the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. He succeeded Anurag Srivastava. Bagchi led the charge in handling media discussions around critical topics such as the eastern Ladakh border row, India’s COVID-19 response, New Delhi’s G20 presidency, and recently the Indian-Canadian diplomatic row.

Previously, he served as the joint secretary (north) at the MEA headquarters, served as India’s envoy to Croatia from November 2018 to June 2020, as well as India’s deputy high commissioner to Sri Lanka.