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First Indian woman representative to UN no more

Arundhati Ghose was former Indian Representative to United Nations and joined IFS in 1963

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Publish Date: Jul 26 2016 5:12PM | Updated Date: Jul 26 2016 5:16PM

First Indian woman representative to UN no more
Former diplomat Arundhati Ghose, an IFS (Indian Firiegn Services) officer passed away last night. She was known as one of the most prominent Indian Ambassadors to United Nations.
 
 
Gem of a person, Arundhati, was born in 1940 and joined IFS in 1963. 
 
 
During her career as an Indian Diplomat, she was posted to various countries including, South Korea, Egypt and the Netherlands. 
 
 
The lady is basically known for her remarkable work in Geneva where she was worked as the head of India's delegation to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) conference in 1996. Her work there made her come into the limelight.
 
 
In the conference, Arundhati up strongly against unfair pressure on India to sign a deal that many other Western nuclear powers were reluctant to commit to. Moreover, she called the treaty ‘not only a flawed one but a dangerous one’. According to her, it would have resulted in ‘encouragement of a new kind of nuclear arms race, one in sophisticated laboratories out of reach of most nations’.
 
 
Also, due to her knowledge of Bengali, Ghosh was chosen as the key liaison to the Bangladesh government in exile in Calcutta in 1971. 
 
 
Apart from these achievements, she was the first Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.