VIKAS Swarup, currently Additional Secretary and spokesperson in India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be the next High Commissioner of lndia to Canada.
He will take over from Arun Kumar Sahu, the acting Indian High Commissioner in Ottawa.
Swarup joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986. He served in Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Japan in various Indian diplomatic missions.
Swarup is actually a renowned novelist whose debut novel “Q&A” was the basis of the Hollywood movie Slumdog Millionaire which won eight Oscars.
His other novels are Six Suspects and The Accidental Apprentice.
Swarup’s short story “A Great Event” was published in The Children’s Hours: Stories of Childhood, an anthology of stories about childhood to support Save the Children and raise awareness for its fight to end violence against children.
Swarup has participated in the Oxford Literary Festival, the Turin International Book Fair, the Auckland Writers’ Conference, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Kitab Festival in New Delhi, the St. Malo International Book & Film Festival in France, the ‘Words on Water’ Literary Festival at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the Jaipur Literature Festival in India, the Hay-on-Wye Festival in Wales and the Franschhoek Literary Festival in South Africa. In 2009 he participated in the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival as a jury member for the International Competition for Feature Digital Films.
He has written for Time magazine, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph (UK), Outlook magazine (India) and Libération (France).
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