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Indo-Americans lead US diplomacy in South Asia

Most of the top diplomatic positions in South Asia for the US are taken by Indian Americans

world Updated: Aug 07, 2015 01:38 IST
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Another Indian American is headed for south Asia in a top diplomatic position — Atul Keshap, who was confirmed as ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, on Wednesday.

He will join Richard Rahul Verma, another Indian American who is already in the region as the US ambassador to India. That’s two of them in South Asia.

And the head of the state department’s south and central Asia desk, which deals with India and Sri Lanka, assistant secretary Nisha Biswal, is also Indian American.

While Keshap and Verma’s parents came to the US from Punjab — via Nigeria, for Keshap — Biswal’s family is from Gujarat. Biswal, in fact, was born there.

Keshap was born in Nigeria to Keshap Chander Sen, a UN development economist, and Zoe Calvert, who was with the US foreign service. They had met in London.

The new US ambassador to Sri Lanka served at the US embassy in New Delhi from 2005 to 2008 and remembers most parts of Chanakyapuri, the diplomatic enclave, well.