Ajai Shukla is an Indian journalist and a retired Colonel of Indian Army. He writes articles on defense policy, production and acquisition and currently works as consulting editor with Business Standard. He earlier worked with DD News and NDTV.
Arun K. Singh, Former Indian Ambassador to the United States, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1979 after completing his Master’s Degree in Economics from Delhi University and teaching at the University for two years. His first assignment abroad was at the Embassy of India, Moscow from 1981-1982, where he learnt Russian. Later, he served at the Indian Missions in Addis Ababa as Second Secretary from 1982-1985, and in Tokyo as First Secretary from 1985 - 1988. On returning to Delhi at the Headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, he served as Deputy Secretary / Director dealing with East Asia and Pakistan Divisions from 1988-1991. From 1991-1993, he headed the Offices of the Foreign Secretary and the External Affairs Minister of India. Ambassador Singh served at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations Office, New York from 1993-1997 as Counsellor and handled multilateral social and economic negotiations. He served in the Indian Mission at Moscow again as Counsellor / Minister from 1997-2000. During his assignment in Delhi from 2000-2005, he served in the capacity of Joint Secretary dealing first with the United Nations Policy, and then Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran Divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs. Ambassador Singh served as Ambassador of India to Israel from April 2005 to September, 2008; and then as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India, Washington D.C from October 2008 to April 2013. Ambassador Singh served as Ambassador of India to France from April, 2013 to April, 2015. He assumed his new assignment as Ambassador of India to United States on April 30, 2015. Ambassador Singh speaks Russian and Japanese and has some knowledge of French and Hebrew. He is married to Dr. Maina Chawla Singh; they have one daughter.
Bhupendra Chaubey has been a TV journalist since the year 2000, when he started his career with NDTV. In 2005, he left NDTV and was a part of the team that started CNN IBN. As a political journalist he has travelled the length and breadth of the country and has covered three general elections and assembly elections of most states. A graduate in Mathematics and postgraduate in films, Bhupendra has been among the finest political journalists of his generation. He has that unique ability to grasp things at a micro level and then present them with a macro level understanding. He is amongst those journalists who depend more on their ground political awareness supplementing it with academic awareness of issues that confront the nation. Bhupendra was the Executive Editor of CNN IBN and used to host the prime time broadcast “India at 9” before turning a Consulting Editor to try his hand at new journalistic platforms. He now hosts a weekend interview show “Hot Seat” where he puts tough questions to key newsmakers. He regularly writes with columns for various English and Hindi newspapers and magazines. He also writes for several digital platforms. He lives in the national capital with his wife and two children.
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