Chandrashekhar Dasgupta
Born (1940-05-02) 2 May 1940 (age 81)
Civil servant
Known forIndian Foreign Service
AwardsPadma Bhushan

Chandrashekhar Dasgupta (born 2 May 1940) is an Indian civil servant, diplomat, writer and a former Indian ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and China.[1]

Early life

Dasgupta was born on 2 May 1940,[2] He graduated with honours in Economics from the Delhi University.[3]


Dasgupta entered Indian Foreign Service in 1962 and worked as a diplomat till his superannuation in 2000.[4] During this period, he served as the Indian ambassador to China (1993–1996) and Belgium and Luxemburg and the European Union (1996–2000). Prior to his postings as an ambassador, he was the high commissioner to Singapore (1981–84) and Tanzania (1984-86) and held the vice-chair of the preparatory committees of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), popularly known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.[2]

Dasgupta, a distinguished fellow of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), has delivered several keynote addresses on Climate and Climate policies.[3] He is a member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and is a former chairperson of the China Task Force.[4] He served as the co-chairman of the EU-India Round Table and presented one of the key reports at the 12th EU-India Round Table held at Paris in July 2008.[5] He sat in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from January 2007 to December 2010[2] and is an incumbent member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change.[6]


While on his assignment with the European Union in Brussels, Dasgupta made frequent visits to London to consult the British archives at the India Office Library. The information from the archives forms the core of the material in War and Diplomacy in Kashmir, 1947-48, which covers the onset of the Kashmir conflict in October 1947 and the conduct of Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 along with the diplomatic developments in which Britain played a central role. Most of the book is about British strategies which showed a decided tilt towards Pakistan in the Kashmir dispute, earning the British the epithet Perfidious Albion in the Indian public discourse.[7][8]

The book was received in India with much acclaim, and was republished in 2014 as a "SAGE classic".[9] Dasgupta's conclusions were broadly confirmed by Rakesh Ankit in 2013, based on the newer Dominion Office material made available in 2008–2009.[10]


The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 2008, for his contributions to Indian civil service.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Executive Profile". Bloomberg. 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Dasgupta on CESCR" (PDF). International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Speakers". Council on Energy, Environment and Water. 2010. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Distinguished Fellow, TERI" (PDF). TERI. 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Report on climate change, by Mr Dasgupta". 12th EU-India Round Table. 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  6. ^ "PM's climate change council recast". The Hindu. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  7. ^ Noorani, A. G. (11 May 2002), "Kashmir in retrospect", Frontline
  8. ^ "Perfidious Albion and the first Kashmir war". Book review. Kashmir Herald. June 2002. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  9. ^ ISBN 8132117956, ISBN 9788132117957
  10. ^ Ankit, Rakesh (2013), "Britain and Kashmir, 1948: 'The Arena of the UN'", Diplomacy & Statecraft, 24 (2): 273–290, doi:10.1080/09592296.2013.789771, S2CID 154021048
  11. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2016.

Further reading

Diplomatic posts Preceded by(-) Indian High Commissioner to Singapore 1981–1984 Succeeded by(-) Preceded by(-) Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania 1984–1986 Succeeded by(-) Preceded by(-) Indian Ambassador to China 1993–1996 Succeeded byVijay K. Nambiar Preceded byA. N. Ram Indian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union 1996–2000 Succeeded byP. K. Singh