“Guts is grace underneath strain”
Nirupama Menon Rao is a retired Indian diplomat, overseas secretary, and ambassador. She was India’s first lady spokesperson within the Ministry of Exterior Affairs, New Delhi. She was additionally the primary lady excessive commissioner from India to Sri Lanka, the primary Indian lady ambassador to the Individuals’s Republic of China and served as India’s Overseas Secretary from 2009-2011 after which he was appointed India’s ambassador to the USA the place she served for a time period of two years from 2001-2013. In July 2009, she turned the second lady after Chokila Iyer to carry the publish of Indian Overseas Service. In 1973, she was the second UPSC Civil Service Topper and the primary lady to get the primary rank. On completion of her 4 decades-long energetic diplomatic companies, Ambassador Rao was appointed as Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow on the India Initiative at Brown College in Windfall, Rhode Island the place she continued to pursue her tutorial curiosity and led a seminar course on ‘India on this planet’ which coated key areas of India’s overseas coverage and international interplay. She is presently a International Fellow of the Wilson Heart. In November 2014, the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, New Delhi introduced the conferment of the celebrated Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship to Rao to allow her to work on the completion of her guide challenge on India-China relationship, entitled: “The Politics of Historical past: India and China, 1949 to 1962”. She was conferred the diploma of Physician of Letters (Honoris causa) by the Pondicherry College. She can also be a receiver of the Vanitha Ratna Award of the Authorities of Kerala (2016), the “Citizen Extraordinaire” Award of the Rotary Worldwide, Bangalore (2018) and the Kalinga Karubaki Literary Award (Kalinga Literary Pageant, Odisha, 2018).and in 2012, she was named to the International Checklist of the 100 Most Influential Girls on Twitter by foreignpolicy.com.
Submit-retirement, Ambassador Rao has been energetic on the lecture circuit in a number of universities and establishments of upper studying. In December 2017 on the age of 67, she additionally launched her first industrial album named: “Peace is my dream” produced by the Peninsula studios in New Delhi and launched by Common Music Group. She has sung all of the 14 tracks within the album and has written two of them. The 2 unique songs written by Rao are Peace is My Dream and We’ll Stroll Free. She has printed a guide of poetry titled ‘Rain Elevating’. A Malayalam translation of her guide “Rain Rising” was launched by Calicut College. Her poems have been translated into Chinese language and Russian language too. Legends like her show that age is simply one other quantity relating to pursuing your ardour and every one ought to make time to do what they love.