Vijay Gokhale joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981. Diplomatic assignments include Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing and New York. He has served as India’s High Commissioner to Malaysia from January 2010 to October 2013, Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from October 2013 to January 2016, and Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from January 2016 to October 2017. Gokhale was Foreign Secretary from January 2018 to January 2020. Current Positions include Distinguished Professor, Symbiosis International, Pune, Non-Resident /Senior Fellow, Carnegie India and Emeritus Resource Faculty, Rashtriya Raksha University, Gujarat.
Looking North: Nepal and China
Vijay Gokhale and Amish Raj Mulmi in conversation with TCA Raghavan
Vijay Gokhale, former foreign secretary and author of Tiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest, journalist Amish Raj Mulmi, author of All Roads Lead North: Nepal's Turn to China, and prolific author and diplomat TCA Raghavan examine the multilayered nuances of the chequered relationship between India and China. Gokhale who went on to become India's Ambassador to China, in his recent book, revisits his time in Beijing as a young official at the time of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The events in the summer of 1989, which saw Chinese troops fire mercilessly at demonstrators, set the course of China’s politics over the next few decades. He speaks of this defining moment and China's relationship with its neighbours and the world. Amish Raj Mulmi’s recent work is steeped in long-range historical perspective and scrupulous reportage. The narrative examines Nepal’s changing relationship with its two imposing neighbours and its shift towards China as a new primary bilateral partner. In conversation with TCA Raghavan, Gokhale and Mulmi search through paradigm shifts and current geopolitics to understand the present and the future.