Duraiswami, who was the High Commissioner to Bangladesh, received the identity card of his new post from President Draupadi Murmu earlier this week. Last month, the Ministry of External Affairs announced his appointment as India’s High Commissioner to the UK.
Duraiswamy, a 1992 cadre diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service, was received here by Adele Taylor, Foreign Representative of the UK Foreign Minister, and Deputy High Commissioner Sujit Ghosh and other officials.
Sharing pictures of Duraiswamy paying tribute, India House in London tweeted, “High Commissioner Vikram Duraiswami straight from the airport to pay homage at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square, London. ,
He wrote, “From Bapu to Baba Ambedkar: High Commissioner Vikram Duraiswami visited the Ambedkar Museum in London to pay tribute to Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution of India and the promoter of equality and social justice.”
Duraiswamy succeeds Gayatri Issar Kumar, who retired as India’s High Commissioner to the UK in late June.
Duraiswamy handed over copies of his credentials to the Vice Marshal of Britain’s Diplomatic Corps in London on Friday who officially recognized him as the new Indian envoy.
Duraiswamy, 53, has a master’s in history from Delhi University and also worked as a journalist before joining government service. He has served in different positions in Indian Missions and Embassies around the world including Hong Kong, Beijing, United Nations. He has worked in various positions in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of External Affairs.