‘Police Were Too Busy Protecting Themselves To Worry About Us’


Quietly used to working behind the scenes, India’s envoys across the world have often been called upon to perform the impossible: From rescuing Indian nationals in war-torn countries to keeping morale high when the Indian mission had become a bomb target for militants and bearing witness to some of the most epic moments in history. India’s ambassadors have a plethora of tales to tell. In an interview with Ashwin Ahmad, former diplomat Asoke Mukerji who was entrusted with the responsibility of opening Indian missions for the first time in three Central Asian Republics in 1992, explains the challenges he faced when the mighty ‘Iron Curtain’ fell apart.


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