Chandrika Prasad Srivastava
BornJuly 8, 1920
DiedJuly 22, 2013(2013-07-22) (aged 93)
Occupation(s)diplomat, administrator
(m. 1947; died 2011)

Chandrika Prasad Srivastava KCMG, ComIH, IAS (Retd.)[1] (8 July 1920 – 22 July 2013) was an Indian civil servant, international administrator, and diplomat.


C.P. Srivastava was born on 8 July 1920 in a religious Chitraguptvanshi Kayastha family and was educated in Lucknow, India (BA, MA, LLB). He started his career as a civil servant in India, entering the Indian Administrative Service, becoming a Joint Secretary to the Indian Prime Minister's office from 1964–1966, during the premiership of Lal Bahadur Shastri.

C.P. Srivastava became the first chief executive of the Shipping Corporation of India and in 1974 was elected to serve as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency based in London, serving successive four-year terms as Secretary-General from 1974 to 1989. During this time he played a pioneering role in the establishment of the International Maritime Academy in Italy, and the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta.[2] He was also the first Chancellor of the Sweden-based World Maritime University which was founded in 1983 to address a pressing need for maritime professionals in the developing world.[3][4]


Academic honours

National honours

Other state honours

From organisations


C.P. Srivastava was married to Nirmala Srivastava, the founder of Sahaja Yoga - a spiritual movement, based on an experience called "Self-realization". C.P. Srivastava has stated that: "his life has been greatly influenced by his wife and he has been motivated by her vision of one Almighty God and one human family". He has been motivated by this vision in all aspects of his life and believes it can be applied worldwide.[9]

The couple had two daughters, Kalpana Srivastava[10] and Sadhana Varma.[11]

Relationship to Sahaja Yoga

Sir C.P. Srivastava practised Sahaja Yoga, he has said it changes people from the core. He has described Sahaja Yoga practitioners as being miracles of transformation and displaying an angelic quality. He believed that the rapid spread of Sahaja Yoga is very important for the world.[9]


  1. ^ "C.P. Srivastava". Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Legends". Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2007.
  3. ^ Europe Intelligence Wire 29-JUN-06
  4. ^ Europe Intelligence Wire 03-JUN-03
  5. ^ About the University – Honorary Graduates of the University
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  7. ^ Award Presented To C. P. Srivastava by President Of India
  8. ^ "International Maritime Prize". International Maritime Organization. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  9. ^ a b Shri Mataji's Husband Sir C.P. Srivastava
  10. ^ Portraits of former IMO Secretaries-General unveiled
  11. ^ Ascent to the Divine: Himalaya Kailasa-Manasarovar in Scripture, Art and Thought