Mr. Sarna who was designated India's ambassador to Israel in March 2008, has the distinction to enjoy the longest tenure as Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) from Oct. 2002 to March 2008. He took over this key post of Joint Secretary (External Publicity) in MEA in Oct. 2002, during the regime of BJP and continued with it even after the Congress led UPA came in power. Before this, he was Minister (Press, Information and Culture) in the Indian Embassy in Washington. He had also useful stints in Tehran, Thimpu, Warsaw, Moscow and at the permanent mission of India to the United Nations at Geneva.
Mr. Sarna belongs to the 1980 batch of the Indian Foreign Services having craving for always doing something new and extra. At heart he is a great writer, who has literature in his genes. He is son of renowned writer S. Mahinder Singh Sarna, a Former Accountant General, Government of India The Mighty Sikhs / 230 and his mother Mrs. Surjeet Kaur Sarna is also a Punjabi poetess and fiction writer. A suave diplomat, Mr. Sarna is a lone exception who writes novel. He recently published his fiction book on the life of last Maharaja of Punjab, Duleep Singh. It is hoped that the world will discover a brilliant writer alongwith a brilliant diplomat in him. A striking feature of tall, turbaned and imposing personality is his piercing eyes. Besides diploma in Journalism he is a Commerce and Law graduate.
Senior diplomat Sarna also had been Ambassador to Israel and on July 30, 2014 he was appointed as Secretary (West) in the M.E.A. In November 2015 he took charge as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK). Sarna was the longest seruing spokesperson of the ministry and the most visible face from 2002 to 2008.Download Ebook to Read Continue