18/04/2015 6:55 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Vikas Swarup Takes Over as External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson

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Vikas Swarup, Indian diplomat and author of the first novel 'Q&A', successfully adapted for the screen as 'Slumdog Millionaire' poses on May 21, 2010 at his hotel in Paris. Swarup's latest book 'The sixth suspect' (Meurtre dans un jardin indien) was released in France on May 6, 2010. AFP PHOTO FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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