Thursday, 14 May 2009

Bhutan : New Indian Ambassador to Bhutan presents his credentials to His Majesty the King

May 12: India’s new Ambassador to Bhutan Pavan K Varma presented his credentials to His Majesty the King at the Tashichhodzong this morning.

Ambassador Pavan K. Varma was escorted to the Tashichhodzong in traditional Chipdrel ceremony.

He was then ushered into the throne room where he presented his credentials to His Majesty the King.

Ambassador Pavan K Varma graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Stephen’s college in New Delhi. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1976. He has served as Press Secretary to the President of India, the Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs, High Commissioner of India in Cyprus, director of the Nehru centre in London and director general of the Indian Council for cultural relations in New Delhi.

A well-established writer Ambassador Pavan K. Varma has written over a dozen books. His first book on a contemporary subject was the Great Indian Middle Class which was followed by Being Indian; The Truth About Why the 21st Century Will Be India’s. The first book is being translated into French. The second has been translated into several languages including Japanese, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian.

His last published work is a translated collection of poems on Gulzar, one of India’s best known poets.

For his contributions in the fields on diplomacy, literature, culture and aesthetics, Ambassador Pavan K Varma received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2005.

His Majesty also hosted a lunch for the ambassador Pavan K. Varma at the Dechencholing Palace today.

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