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Sreenath Sreenivasan


Applied Diplomacy: Through the Prism of Mythology

T. P. Sreenivasan (Thettalil Parameswaran Pillai Sreenivasan; (Malalayam: ടി.പി. ശ്രീനിവാസന്‍,Ṭī. Pī. Śṟīnivāsan); born June 17, 1944 in Kayamkulam, Travancore) is a former Indian diplomat and is the head of the Council for Higher Education of the State of Kerala.


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Career and life

Sreenivasan is the son of a school teacher from Travancore (now Kerala). After school and studies at University College, part of the University of Kerala, in Thiruvananthapuram, he joined the Indian Foreign Service (Indian Foreign Service one, IFS).

T. P. Sreenivasan Rediffcom columnist Ambassador T P Sreenivasan attacked in Kerala

He was secretary of legation third class in Tokyo and legation secretary first class in Thimphu (Bhutan). From 1975-1977 he was secretary of legation first class in Moscow From 1986 to 1989 he was Indian High Commissioner in Suva (Fiji) and responsible for seven other island nations in the South Pacific. From 1992 to 1995 he was a representative of the Permanent Representative at the UN headquarters; from 1995 to 1997 he assumed the office of the Indian High Commissioner in Nairobi (Kenya) and served as Permanent Representative of the Government of India at the United Nations Office at Nairobi. From 1997 to 2000 he was Deputy Ambassador in Washington, DC.

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From 2000 to 2004, he was Indian Ambassador in Vienna for Austria and Slovenia, as well as Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. He retired June 30, 2004.

TP Sreenivasan is now the head of the Council for Higher Education of the State of Kerala and executive vice president with the rank of vice-chancellor.

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He has contirnued as a columnist for a variety of newspapers and magazines, as is the nonfiction author of autobiographical works to his 37-year diplomatic career.


  • Encounters. Rhythm House, Selangor, Malaysia 2007, ISBN 978-983-164-546-8.
  • Words, Words, Words. Adventures in Diplomacy. Pearson Longman, Delhi 2008, ISBN 978-81-317-6058-1.
  • Mattering to India. The Shashi Tharoor campaign. Pearson, Delhi 2011, ISBN 978-81-317-5944-8.
  • Applied diplomacy. Through the prism of mythology. Wisdom Tree, New Delhi 2014, ISBN 978-81-8328-381-6.
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