Odisha Pride ;First Odia Indian Ambassador to USA : Dr. Lilit Maansingh #Odisha
Lalit Mansingh (born April 29, 1941) is the former Indian diplomat, the Foreign Secretary of India, 1999–2000, and Indian Ambassador to the United States on March 15, 2001. Prior to this he had remained Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Lalit Mansingh is the son of Odia poet Mayadhar Mansingh.
Dr, Lalitendu Mansingh is the first Ambassador of Orissa, He got so many awards, He tried for the development of Orissa and said “The poverty from the state can be eradicated only by the people of the state are literate.’
Dr. Lalitendu Mansingh was awarded Kharavel by the K.N.Memorial Foundation by Governor of Orissa Sri Muralidhar Chandrakanta Bhandare. Because of his talent and strength and dedication to wards Odisha , he got Kharavela Award as Karavel was a great King, who has taken nine years of hard training and his life history known from the elephant cave.
Mansingh was born and brought up in Odisha as the middle son of Odia poet Mayadhar Mansingh.He was born at NANDALA of District of Puri surrounded by Chillika lake and Bay of Bengal and graduated with honors in History and obtained his Master Degree in Political Science, receiving University’s Gold Medals for securing the top position in both subjects. He was a Research scholar and Faculty for short period in American Studies Program at the School of International studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was married to Odissi dancer Sonal Mansingh.but, the couple decided to divorce later.
Lalit Mansingh has remained a lecturer in the Post-Graduate Department of Political Science, Utkal University in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.He joined Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, in June, 1963. He became High Commissioner to Nigeria (1993–95) and Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1980–83) and in Nigeria with concurrent accreditation to Benin, Chad and The Cameroons. Apart from that he also served in various diplomatic capacities in Geneva, Afghanistan and Belgium.
He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, DC, 1989–92 and remained the Dean of Foreign Service Institute, India, from 1995 to 1996. Apart from serving as Director-General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs .
Ambassador Mansingh is a member of an international group called the Non Official Group of Friends (NGF) of Sri Lanka which aims at assisting that country in its post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. He is part of a Track II dialogue between India and Pakistan focusing on confidence building measures between the two nuclear armed neighbors.
Other engagements – Overseas: Member, Board of Trustees, International Crisis Group, Brussels; Member, Asia Pacific Leadership Network, Canberra; Member, International Advisory Council, APCO Worldwide, Washington D.C.and International Advisory Council Member in APCO Worldwide .
In India: Chairman World Cultural Forum India; President, India Strategic Forum, Vice President, Maha Bodhi Society of India; Chairman, Political Science Association, Ravenshaw University; Vice President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Prof Emeritus at the Foreign Service Institute of India; Member, Governing Body of Development Alternatives, New Delhi and Gram Vikas, Odisha.
He is also Diplomatic Advisor to the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Chairman, FICCI India-US Policy Group.
He was awarded the Kharavela Samman (Kharavela Award) by Odisha Governor in Feb, 2009 .
Lalit Mansingh Quotes
- “The poverty from the state can be eradicated only by the people of the state are literate.’
- “From the point of view of public perception, irrespective of the substance, the visit will be seen as unsuccessful if the nuclear deal does not go through.”
- “It means access to technology and commerce that has been long been denied to India.”
- “It was a watershed for Indian diplomacy and showed the maturity and confidence with which we negotiated with the world’s only superpower.”