Senior diplomat Ruchira Kamboj, who on Tuesday became India’s new permanent representative to the United Nations, presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. In a tweet, she said it was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to be given the honor of holding this position. She also slipped in a note for the girls: “To the girls out there, we can all do it!”
Kamboj, a 1987 Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, had served as India’s envoy to Bhutan. She succeeds TS Tirumurti as the Indian Ambassador to the UN. She is also the country’s first female envoy to serve at the global body’s headquarters in New York.
When she took charge as India’s envoy to the UN, congratulations poured in. Kamboj’s predecessor Ambassador TS Tirumurti said, “Congratulations and all the best wishes for your success Ruchira! @IndiaUNNewYork.”
Kamboj was the all-Indian women’s top of the Civil Services batch of 1987 and the top of the foreign service batch of that year.
She began her diplomatic journey in Paris, where she was posted to the Indian Embassy in France from 1989-1991. However, Kamboj later returned to Delhi, where she served as an undersecretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Europe West Department from 1991 to 1996.
From 1996-1999 she served in Mauritius as First Secretary (Economic and Commercial) and Head of Chancellery at the Indian High Commission in Port Louis.
Kamboj served as India’s High Commissioner to South Africa, with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Lesotho from July 2017 to March 2019.
She took charge as Indian envoy in Bhutan on 17 May 2019.
Other women ambassadors to the Council include US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, UK Permanent Representative (PR) Ambassador Barbara Woodward, Norwegian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Mona Juul etc.
(With input from the agency)