Vishnu Prakash High Commissioner of India in Canada
By A Correspondent
On Feb 19, senior diplomat Vishnu Prakash was appointed India’s High Commissioner to Canada.
Mr. Prakash presented Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, on March 31 in Ottawa.
The Governor General welcomed to Canada three other new heads of mission from Thailand, Algeria and Kenya. In his speech, relating to Prakash, he said, ”High Commissioner Prakash, I have talked about some of my predecessors and their experiences abroad, and have arrived now to my own travels.
Last year, I had the good fortune to visit India. I discovered so much about our collaboration in education, research and innovation, culture and so much more.
As an aside, I’ll never forget the excitement of being in New Delhi, watching the Canadian men’s hockey team win the gold medal in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. It was wonderful to see Canadians and Indians celebrating side by side!
The foundation of the relationship between Canada and India is our strong people-to-people ties. With a diaspora of over one million Canadians of Indian descent, there is a powerful link between our nations. I know that we will continue to unlock our potential. Like your peers in this room, you have dedicated your life to diplomacy, which can only benefit the friendship between Canada and India.
Governors general of Canada have undertaken international visits for years because we know the value of diplomacy. I’m proud to be part of that tradition, and pleased that all of you are here to join in the discussion on behalf of your peoples.
To you and your families, I say once again: welcome to Canada.”
Mr. Prakash joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981. After postings in Moscow and New Delhi he was assigned to New York where he handled Economic and Commercial matters.
In 1992 he was appointed Consul General of India in Vladivostok. Within a span of two years a dozen Indian companies set up offices in the Russian Far Eastern region and direct trade links were established.
He was Director in the Ministry of External Affairs, (MEA) looking after Nepal and Bhutan between 1994 and 1997 during which period he also did a three-month sabbatical with the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii (USA).
Mr. Prakash was next assigned as Counsellor (Political) first in Tokyo (1997-2000) and then in Islamabad (2001). In 2002 he was posted as Minister (Economic and Commercial) in Cairo. He actively promoted Indian investments in Egypt.
He assumed office of the Consul General of India, Shanghai in January 06 and served there till August 08, when he was appointed as Joint Secretary (XP) and Official Spokesperson of MEA in New Delhi. He demitted office in January 2012.
He moved to Seoul as the Ambassador of India on 12 January 2012.
On 22 August 2013, he was conferred an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Business Administration by the Tongmyong University in Busan. On 22 January 2015 he was bestowed the 'Ambassador of the Year, 2014' award by the Asia Society, Korea Center in Seoul.
Mr. Prakash assumed the office of High Commissioner of India in Ottawa on 8 March 2015.
Amb. Prakash is married with two children. His wife Mrs. Neelam Prakash has a Master's degree in Economics. She is a keen practitioner of Yoga and loves golf. His son Abhimanyu Prakash (32) is with a financial company in New York and his daughter Katya Prakash (28) is a doctor in San Diego, California.