Navtej Sarna on Wednesday took charge as the Indian Ambassador to the US. He was appointed as Indian Ambassador to the US in September.
Navtej Sarna is among the longest-serving spokespersons of the External Affairs ministry between 2002 and 2008. He has also had postings in Moscow, Warsaw, Tehran, Geneva and Thimphu.
The IFS officer of 1980 Batch, Navtej Sarna had completed Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law courses from Delhi University. He had also done diploma in Journalism. Sarna joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1980.
Navtej Sarna is also a prolific author of many fiction and non-fiction books, the most recent being ‘Second Thoughts: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life’ that was released last year. He was a big hit in London’s literary circles and had also become, in a short span, a popular figure in the Indian community in the Britain.
The author-diplomat can speak English, Hindi and Punjabi. He also knows Russian and Polish. He is married to Dr Avina Sarna.