The government has decided to extend India's Ambassador to the United States, Ronen Sen's contract by a year. The absence of a consensus on who should succeed Sen for a year (by which time general elections will be due and a new government likely) forced the government's hand.
With uncertainty beguiling the fate of the India-US civil nuclear initiative, the Centre did not want to send a negative signal to the United States by sending a serving Foreign Service official. The external affairs ministry had mooted the name of Satyabrata Pal, India's High Commissioner to Pakistan, to succeed Sen. The post of Ambassador to Washington has traditionally gone to a political appointee and not a serving official.