“Guts is grace beneath pressure”
Nirupama Menon Rao is a retired Indian diplomat, overseas secretary, and ambassador. She was India’s initial woman spokesperson in the Ministry of Exterior Affairs, New Delhi. She was also the initial lady large commissioner from India to Sri Lanka, the initially Indian woman ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and served as India’s International Secretary from 2009-2011 following which he was appointed India’s ambassador to the United States where she served for a time period of two several years from 2001-2013. In July 2009, she turned the 2nd lady following Chokila Iyer to maintain the write-up of Indian Overseas Services. In 1973, she was the next UPSC Civil Assistance Topper and the initial woman to get the initially rank. On completion of her four decades-long energetic diplomatic products and services, Ambassador Rao was appointed as Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow at the India Initiative at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island exactly where she continued to pursue her academic fascination and led a seminar study course on ‘India in the world’ which included vital parts of India’s international policy and world conversation. She is at the moment a World-wide Fellow of the Wilson Centre. In November 2014, the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, New Delhi announced the conferment of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship to Rao to permit her to work on the completion of her e-book undertaking on India-China partnership, entitled: “The Politics of Record: India and China, 1949 to 1962”. She was conferred the degree of Health care provider of Letters (Honoris causa) by the Pondicherry University. She is also a receiver of the Vanitha Ratna Award of the Authorities of Kerala (2016), the “Citizen Extraordinaire” Award of the Rotary Intercontinental, Bangalore (2018) and the Kalinga Karubaki Literary Award (Kalinga Literary Festival, Odisha, 2018).and in 2012, she was named to the Global Record of the 100 Most Influential Ladies on Twitter by foreignpolicy.com.
Put up-retirement, Ambassador Rao has been energetic on the lecture circuit in several universities and establishments of greater finding out. In December 2017 at the age of 67, she also released her first industrial album named: “Peace is my aspiration” manufactured by the Peninsula studios in New Delhi and released by Universal Music Group. She has sung all the 14 tracks in the album and has written two of them. The two original music prepared by Rao are Peace is My Desire and We will Walk No cost. She has released a e book of poetry titled ‘Rain Raising’. A Malayalam translation of her e-book “Rain Rising” was introduced by Calicut College. Her poems have been translated into Chinese and Russian language too. Legends like her prove that age is just an additional amount when it arrives to pursuing your passion and just about every a person need to make time to do what they enjoy.