Senior diplomat Vikas Swarup, whose debut novel was made into the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire", today assumed charge as spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry.
Swarup, a 1986 batch IFS officer, succeeded Syed Akbaruddin, who has been promoted as Additional Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry, and he will also be the Chief Coordinator for the India-Africa Summit in October.
Both Akbaruddin and Swarup, who had accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his three-nation tour, returned to India on Saturday.
Swarup is the author of internationally acclaimed novel "Q&A," which was made into the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" that won eight Academy Awards in 2009.
Before assuming charge, Swarup was holding the charge of Joint Secretary (United Nations- Political) in the MEA.
On Saturday, Swarup posted these photos with Akbaruddin and Modi on Twitter.
Thank you Akbar!!!
A new inning begins for me. And some big shoes to fill. pic.twitter.com/Ef3Nx4CLWN— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) April 18, 2015
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@MEAIndia to be with my colleague Vikas Swarup who, as u can see, is fully in the pictureApril 18, 2015