It is 2022 and we are still counting the list of first relating to women. As Ruchira Kamboj submitted her credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, she took charge as India’s first female to become the permanent representative to the United Nations.
Kamboj, a 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, served as India’s envoy to Bhutan and was also the first female Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Bhutan.
She was the All India women’s topper of the 1987 Civil Services batch and the topper of the 1987 Foreign Service batch.
She began her diplomatic journey in Paris, France where she was posted as the Third Secretary in the Indian Embassy in France from 1989-1991.
From Paris, she returned to Delhi where she worked as an undersecretary in the Europe West Division of the Ministry of External Affairs from 1991–96.
From 1996-1999, she served in Mauritius as First Secretary (Economic and Commercial) and Head of Chancery at the Indian High Commission in Port Louis.
Ruchira Kamboj served as the high commissioner of India to South Africa, with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Lesotho from July 2017 to March 2019.
She assumed charge as Indian envoy to Bhutan on 17 May 2019.
Kamboj also served as a Counsellor at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York from 2002-2005.
From 2006-2009, Ruchira Kamboj was India’s Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa which position involved close liaison with the Parliament of South Africa. During this period, she also steered the visits of the President of India to Cape Town in 2008 and the visit of the President of the Congress Party to Cape Town in 2007, which visit was accorded the status of a State Visit by the Government of South Africa.
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In a tweet, she said it was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to be given the honor to hold this position. She also slipped in a note for the girls: “To the girls out there, we all can make it!”