Why a billionaire’s daughter is on the short list for the post of U.S. ambassador to India
India has chosen to award its highest civilian honour to a daughter of the billionaire who founded the world’s largest conglomerate.
The U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously to award the award to the daughter of Jaitley, the daughter and wife of the current Indian prime minister.
The nomination of Shabana Jaitly, 26, comes as India is preparing to host the first Indian-American summit in New York in the near future.
India has not named a candidate for ambassador to the U.K., a post held by Samantha Power, who was nominated by the Obama administration in 2014.
But Jaitlyn, the second daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, has a long track record in the Indian bureaucracy and was an early and outspoken advocate for U..
S.-India relations, said Anil Vij, who is a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
She is the first of four nominees to the position.
India had been looking for a foreign affairs adviser for more than two years before deciding to name her as its ambassador.
Jaitlyn’s nomination is significant for several reasons.
It is the third Indian-born ambassador to America to be confirmed, joining a group that includes Sonia Srinivasan, the U, S., who was appointed in May, and Sonia Gandhi, the vice president, who took over as India’s prime minister in November.
It also means that India’s foreign policy is moving toward a more hawkish posture.
India has been working hard to counter the rise of China, a major foreign foe, and to isolate the U., a major U.E. ally, as it pursues its own agenda, including a push to become a full member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the United Nations arms control body.