Vikram Misri is a 1989 batch – Indian Foreign Service officer who has served as an Indian envoy to various countries of Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. He served as the private secretary during the tenure of the Indian Prime Ministers Inder Kumar Gujral, Manmohan Singh, and Narendra Modi. On 28 December 2021, he was appointed as the deputy national security advisor of India by the National Security Council Secretariat.
Vikram Misri was born on Saturday, 7 November 1964 (age 57 years; as of 2021) in Srinagar, India. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. Vikram attended Burn Hall School, DAV School, and Carmel Convent School in Jammu and Kashmir to attain his secondary school education. The Indian Express He then went to Scindia School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh to receive senior secondary school education. After completing his school studies, Vikram Misri did graduation in History at Hindu College, Delhi. Later, he went to XLRI, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand to pursue an MBA degree. The Hindu
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Salt and Pepper
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His parents’ names are not known.
Wife & Children
Vikram Misri is married to Dolly Misri. The couple has two children.
Ad Film Making
Vikram Misri started working in the ad filmmaking industry soon after finishing his college studies, where he worked for three years.
Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
After his stint in the advertising industry, Vikram joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1989. He served as the Indian ambassador to Brussels and Tunis on various Indian missions from 1991 to 1996. Vikram Misri was appointed as the under-secretary in the Office of the External Affairs Minister of India to the Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral in November 1996 and worked there till April 1997. He was promoted to the position of the private secretary to the Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral in April 1997 and served for a year. Vikram Misri was posted in Islamabad from August 2000 to September 2003 as the First Secretary in the High Commission of India during various sensitive issues such as the Indian Parliament attack, Op Parakram, and the Agra summit. Vikram Misri arranged the official meetings between the Manmohan Singh government and George W Bush administration to improve the relationships between the two nations. Vikram Misri was appointed as the Political Counsellor in the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C., from September 2003 to October 2006. Vikram Misri worked under Pranab Mukherjee from November 2006 to September 2008 as the Director of the Office of the External Affairs Minister. Vikram Misri was appointed as the Deputy High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka from September 2008 to September 2011. Vikram Misri was assigned the position of Consul General of India in Munich from September 2011 to February 2012. In 2016, he was sent as an Indian ambassador to Myanmar, and in 2019, he was appointed as the Indian envoy to China on various Indian missions. The tension arose between India and China during the Galwan Valley clashes in 2020 in which Vikram Misri played a significant role by arranging the official meetings between the senior officials of India and China including Liu Jianchaou.
Private Secretary to Prime Minister of India
In 2012, he started serving as the private secretary to the then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh. In 2016, he worked with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his Private Secretary.
Deputy National Security Advisor
He was appointed as the Deputy National Security Advisor of India on 28 December 2021 by the National Security Council Secretariat. The other two Deputy National Security Advisors who worked along with Vikram Misri were named Rajender Khanna and Datta Pandsalgikar. Pankaj Saran was replaced by Vikram Misri for the post of Deputy NSA.
In 2020, he attracted controversy when he stated in a conversation with The Press Trust of India that the Chinese troops on the Actual Line of Control were required to recede on the India – China border. This statement was assumed as a contradictory statement to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s statement, which Modi gave during the same time on the Prasar Bharti radio channel. Modi stated on Prasar Bharti that no one had intruded on the borders of India. Deccan Herald
- In 2020, during the Galwan Vally clashes between India and China, Vikram Misri arranged various official meetings between the two countries and stated in a press conference that the border issues must be on priority to both countries. He stated,
For long, the Indian and Chinese sides have adhered to a well-understood distinction between resolving the boundary question and managing border affairs. This is the root cause of the tense situation along the borders. We advocate that we should address the boundary issue through peaceful negotiations and we don’t think that the border issue should be linked up to our bilateral tie.”
- Vikram Misri has learnt different languages as an Indian envoy to represent India in other countries. He knows Hindi, English, Kashmiri, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi, and French. In an interview with a media house, he talked about being a polyglot. He said,
My mother tongue is Kashmiri. I speak, read and write English and Hindi and have a nodding acquaintance with Punjabi and Urdu. Among foreign languages, I can speak, read and write French. I can also speak just about enough Spanish to survive on the streets and in the supermarkets!”
- According to Vikram Misri, when he was attending middle school, he dreamt of representing India on various international platforms. Vikram talked about his childhood dream in an interview with a media house. He said,
Actually, I consider myself fortunate in having been able to realize a childhood ambition. Joining the Indian Foreign Service and representing India abroad was indeed something that had been in my mind since I was in middle school.”
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