Senior diplomat Vikas Swarup has been appointed as Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry. Swarup was a 1986 IFS-batch officer currently holding the charge of Joint Secretary (United Nations- Political) in the External Affairs Ministry. Swarup will succeed Syed Akbaruddin, who has been promoted as Additional Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry.
It should be noted that Vikas Swarup is the author of world-wide acclaimed novel “Q & A” which was made into “Slumdog Millionaire”. The novel “Q & A” has been translated into 43 languages. Swarup is expected to take over the position from April 18th, after PM Modi Ji returns from his nine-day trip to Europe and Canada beginning April 9th.
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- Vikas Swarup was born in Allahabad and he studies Psychology in Allahabad University.
- Vikas Swarup’s Q & A was published in 2005. It was Swarup’s first novel.
- Q & A won South Africa’s Boeke Prize 2006 and Prix Grand Public at the 2007 Paris Book Fair.
- Swarup’s other novels include Sis Suspects and The Accidental Apprentice.
- On 2010, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Literature & Philosophy by the University of South Africa.
- The movie “Slum dog Millionaire” won 8 Academy Awards in 2009, seven BAFTA Awards, five Critics’ Choice Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards.