EXCLUSIVE: Indian Envoy recalled over ‘monkey’ comment

In a major diplomatic embarrassment, India has been, forced to recall its Indian Envoy in Botswana Dr Ketan Shukla after complaints made by the host government of alleged taunt, describing them as monkeys and that certain comments made by the envoy was out of turn.

Highly placed source told NewsMobile that Dr Ketan Shukla, has been asked to come back and report to MEA headquarters after the Botswanese government  complained to the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who ordered the recall of the Envoy.

While the MEA is tight lipped attempts to contact Dr Shukla also were not successful, sources say that the Envoy claimed that he has been made a victim as he had taken a tough stand on some demands made by the host government.

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Dr Shukla is a senior diplomat and was appointed as High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Botswana last year  arrived in March, 2016.

Dr. Shukla holds an MBBS Degree from N.H.L. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.  He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and has served in various capacities at Indian Missions at Lisbon, Brasilia and Berlin. He served as Charge d’Affaires (a.i) at Belgrade. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at Thimphu and as Deputy High Commissioner at Nairobi. During his stint  at MEA Headquarters, he served as Under Secretary, SAARC (1992-1993), Under Secretary, Bhutan (1993-94), Deputy Secretary, ITEC (1996-1997), Deputy Secretary, ITP (1997-1999), Director, WANA (2001-2002) and Joint Secretary, Haj and A&RM (2014-16).

He also served as Deputy High Commissioner and Deputy Permanent Representative to UN-HABITAT and UNEP, Kenya.

He has also worked on deputation to the Ministry of Defence and as Secretary, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission, Government of Gujarat. He was the member of the Committee constituted for the examination and recommendation on the proposed amendment in the Electricity Act, 2003.

In 2015 India had recalled its Envoy to New Zealand and the decision stems from a zero tolerance policy in these cases adopted by the Modi government. Sources say over 40 cases of misbehaviour and unprofessional conduct by officials in Indian mission is being probed by the MEA.

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