Former diplomat Arundhati Ghose Passes Away


New Delhi: Former diplomat Arundhati Ghose, who earned the sobriquet 'Iron Lady' within the foreign service for her handling of India's CTBT negotiations, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday. She was 76.

Arundhati was born on November 25, 1939 in an eminent Bengal family and grew up in Mumbai. At the age of 76, she died suffering from cancer at her residence in Palam Vihar in West Bengal.

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Arundhati Ghose had served India at several national and international positions including missions in Netherlands, Australia, Bangladesh, South Korea and Egypt. In her remarkable career, she became the first permanent representative to UN from India, headed office in Geneva.

Ghose retired in 1997 from her diplomatic career. Her biggest role was encountered in the negotiations on CTBT at the meeting in Geneva. At the conference in Geneva, she strongly held India’s position against the treaty. She said at the conference that “India will never sign this unequal treaty. Not now, not ever”.

Even after her retirement, she was the member of UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters from 1998-2001.

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