Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in first week of September 2013 appointed Rakesh Sood as his new Special envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. Rakesh Sood retired from the Indian Foreign Service in March 2013.
About Rakesh Sood
Rakesh Sood, a 1976 batch IFS officer and he held different positions including, India’s former Ambassador to Nepal, Afghanistan and France and the country’s first Ambassador in charge of Disarmament in Geneva.
Rakesh Sood served in New Delhi for nine years as Joint Secretary DISA (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) from 1992 to 2000. In that post he oversaw the negotiations concerning the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the deliberations on the Fissile Materials Cutoff Treaty (FMCT).
In 1998 when India carried out a series of nuclear tests to become a declared nuclear power, Rakesh Sood accompanied then National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra to various world capitals to explain India’s stand on its newly developed nuclear capability.
Rakesh Sood was also participated in the talks on security, non-proliferation, disarmament and related issues between Jaswant Singh, then Minister of External Affairs and Strobe Talbott, President Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of State in 1990s. The talks finally resulted in a waiver that allowed India to have access to civil nuclear technology despite the fact that the country is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Who: Rakesh Sood
Where: New Delhi
When: 1 September 2013