29 July, 2021

The Chicken Neck Corridors

Sujatha Singh had it coming. Her removal is of a piece with Modidom wanting its own men.

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The Chicken Neck Corridors

Sacked On The Job

  • Jagat Mehta, who tried to push himself for the post of the Commonwealth secretary-general, was removed by Janata Party PM Charan Singh in 1979
  • A.P. Venkateswaran, critical of the decision to send IPKF to Sri Lanka, was removed by Congress PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1987
  • S.K.Singh, who differed with foreign minister Inder Kumar Gujral on policies, was removed by National Front PM V.P. Singh in 1990


Trained diplomats do seldom get rattled by dramatic events at home or elsewhere on the globe. And yet, foreign secretary Sujatha Singh’s unceremonious removal last week—days before senior Indian diplomats from around the world were to gather in the capital for their first scheduled meeting and engagement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi—has created a sense of disquiet among elite foreign service cadres. The unease deepened after the government followed that up a...

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