Brown University
International Relations
Nirupama Rao

Nirupama Rao

Nirupama Rao

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Diplomacy, Indian foreign and strategic policy, South Asia, India-China, India-United States, Public diplomacy.


Nirupama Rao is a former career diplomat who served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1973-2011. She retired as India’s Foreign Secretary and also served as the Indian Ambassador to the United States and to China. She was the first woman spokesperson of the Indian foreign ministry, and India’s first woman ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.


Ambassador Rao is writing a diplomatic history of the relations between India and China from 1949 to 1962 to be published by Penguin India. She is a frequent contributor to leading Indian newspapers on Indian foreign policy issues and the role of India in the world. 


Telling it on the Mountain India and China and the Politics of History: 1949–1962 (194 KB) DF file that opens in new window.To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site. 2014, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi 


INTL 1802Y S01 – India in The World.