It’s Vijay Gokhale after Jaishankar

December 21 2015

The search for Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s successor is nearly over. Jaishankar is due to retire next year, and the PMO has given the green signal to India’s ambassador to China, Vijay Gokhale, in his place. It is believed Gokhale’s understanding and specialization in China has worked in his favour; he also speaks fluent Chinese. Sources reveal that the prime minister himself is interested in pushing his name forward, while S Jaishankar too is a personal favourite with him. Thus, after retirement, he might get a job as an advisor to the PMO. Sources close to the PMO say that for a while now, the prime minister has wanted to appoint two national security advisors. If his plan works, Ajit Doval might get internal security, and the foreign front might be taken care of by Jaishankar.

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