The Diplomat’s Homecoming
Diplomatic warming-up. That’s how one can explain the latest buzz about Harsh Kumar Bhasin going to Islamabad as India’s high commissioner. Although no formal announcement has been made, Bhasin, a 1968 batch IFS officer, is tipped to be the man who will be the next high commissioner to Pakistan. He will step in for Vijay Nambiar, who was recalled when India cut back on its mission’s strength after the December 13 attack on Parliament.
Bhasin, who was brought over to India from Pakistan as a three-year-old during Partition 55 years ago, is believed to be eagerly looking forward to his new assignment. His mother is from Lahore and his father from the town of Jalalpur Jattan, Sindh. Bhasin was sounded out for this posting while he was in New York, teaching courses on diplomacy and Indian foreign policy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Family sources say his father received the news of his...