International Crisis Group is deeply sorrowed to learn of the passing of its former Board Member Naresh Chandra, former Indian Cabinet Secretary and Ambassador to the United States. He died on 9 July in Goa, India. He was 82.
Beginning his long and distinguished career in 1956, Ambassador Chandra served India in a wide range of capacities. Before becoming Cabinet Secretary in 1990, he held the posts of Secretary to the Ministries of Water Resources, Defence, Interior and Justice. On 1 July 2006, he joined Crisis Group’s Board of Trustees where he served until 2010.
“Chandra was one of India’s finest diplomats, and will be remembered for his groundbreaking work in developing bilateral relations between India and United States”, said Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Crisis Group’s President & CEO. “International Crisis Group was richer for the wisdom and insight that he brought to our Board of Trustees. His many admirers worldwide will miss his incisive intellect and keen sense of humour”.
Chandra was appointed Ambassador to Washington in 1996, having led his country’s first official delegation to the US four years earlier to promote American investments in India. Chandra’s dedication to India’s development remained steadfast throughout his career, to which prominent Indian public and political figures have paid tribute.
Crisis Group conveys its deep condolences to the Chandra family and will continue its work to prevent and resolve deadly conflict in a way that reflects Naresh Chandra’s own tireless efforts in improving international relations.