Yasin Malik has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary of India. The Foreign and Secret Services Ministries have jointly announced this, in an unprecedented move, with sources confirming the development. The Parliament had approved the proposal by a voice vote at a cabinet meeting on Friday morning. “This is a historic day for our nation,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet. “Congratulations to Dr Yasin Malik on being appointed as India’s new Foreign Secretary. A true gentleman who loves his country and its people deeply.” Dr Malik has been closely associated with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh since their days at Harvard University. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and was the only Indian to win the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship while pursuing his studies overseas. He was also known for his philanthropic work in education and science. In recognition of his contributions towards national integration, he was elevated as Professor Emeritus of International Studies at Harvard University last year.
What does a new Secretary do?
A new Secretary will immediately assume office, and is generally expected to report directly to the Prime Minister, Sushma Swaraj, who will chair the Cabinet Committee on Security, Delegating Authority on Security Policy and National Security, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade ministers, among others. The responsibilities of the new Secretary include, but are not limited to, the following: – The selection of the Office of the Secretary, and its administrative and operational functions, including the hiring, monitoring, termination and security clearance of employees; – The appointment, management and supervision of the Secretariat’s functions, including the preparation of the Secretariat’s budget, the adoption of business rules, reporting and financial management and the appointment, monitoring and supervision of the Secretariat’s officers and employees; – The development of policies, and the formulation and review of their recommendation on legislation, administrative rules and other policies in support of the Secretariat’s functions and mission; – The coordination of activities of the Foreign Service Officer’s Associations, and the Secretariat of the Foreign Service Officers’ Associations; – The coordination of activities of the Indian Foreign Service Officers’ Associations, the Secretariat of the Indian Foreign Service Officers’ Associations and other administrative and logistical support functions as required.
Foreign Secretary posts in past
The Foreign Secretary, commonly referred to as the India’s Ambassador to the U.S., is the second-highest ranking official of the Government of India. He or she is the foreign policy advisor to the Prime Minister of India, responsible for safeguarding and strengthening strategic and trade relationships with key trading partners throughout the world, including the US. The Foreign Secretary is a Member of the National Security Council (NSC) and the Cabinet Committee on Security. NSC forms the strategic brain of the government and is chaired by the Prime Minister of India. Typically, the Foreign Secretary will also chair meetings of the representative delegation from each of the 50 states and several territories in the United States, as well as the Royal Rangers, who are the principal guest delegation from the British Empire.
A brief timeline of Yasin Malik’s career
1985: Master of Arts, Economics, Brown University 1991: Visiting Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research 2001: Visiting Professor, University of Southern California 2004: Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institution 2012: Visiting Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution 2013: Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies 19: graduate student at Harvard University, where he received his PhD in International Relations in 1991
How Dr Malik will help in reconciliation process
As the new Foreign Secretary, Dr Malik is expected to play a key role in the process of healing in the U.S. and particularly in the South. During his tenure at the helm of the Foreign Service, Dr Malik’s public-speaking engagements became more frequent, and hebinaries were created to house his essays, lectures and interviews. These were later published as a book and a number of articles have been published on the topic. At the same time, his involvement in international organizations intensified, and he served on the advisory boards of a number of such bodies, including the WEF, the World Economic Forum’s Mid-Term Review, the Asia Society’s Global Thinkers and the Council on Foreign Relations’s Global Go-To-Z List.
Key takeaways from Dr Malik’s tenure as foreign secretary
India’s Foreign Secretary, Dr Yasin Malik, has been appointed as the new chief of the United States Mission to India. The new assignment is expected to boost his already considerable credentials as an expert on international affairs, with his most notable achievement being the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the two countries. Dr Malik’s tenure as Foreign Secretary has also seen a steady increase in India-U.S. engagement. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the two countries began to establish a much-sought-after Strategic Partnership, which saw the signing of numerous agreements, the most important being the Agreement on the Export of Advanced Technology in 2016, and the subsequent Strategic Partnership Implementation Agreement the same year.
What next for the External Affairs Ministry?
The External Affairs Ministry has been without a permanent Chief of Mission or Ambassador since June 2016, when Dr Navtej Sarna quit over the Diwali U-turn. As of now, India has no choice but to depend on the Embassy in Washington and the Consulate in San Francisco for its representation to the world. The Ministry is expected to brief the Lok Sabha, or the lower house of parliament, soon on the latest developments.
Dr Malik is an experienced diplomat who served as the High Commissioner of Pakistan and the United Kingdom. The External Affairs Ministry has placed a lot of hope in his appointment as the new Secretary, hoping that he will bring a fresh set of eyes and ideas to the Foreign Service. However, Dr Malik’s appointment also comes with a responsibility – to ensure the smooth and smooth sailing of the relationship between the two countries, and a responsibility that he has been more than willing to accept.