Mani Shankar Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar is a former Indian diplomat who resigned from the foreign service and became a politician working for Rajiv Gandhi in 1989-1991. While in the foreign service he was posted to Karachi, Pakistan as India’s first-ever consul general (1978-82). He is also a well-known political columnist and has written several books, including Pakistan Papers and Remembering Rajiv. His special interests include grassroots democracy, Indian foreign policy, particularly with India’s neighbourhood countries and West Asia, and nuclear disarmament