• 07 Feb, 2023

Stellar Performance by High Commissioner Dr. Srinivasa in Guyanese President trip to India

Stellar Performance by High Commissioner Dr. Srinivasa in Guyanese President trip to India

Stellar Performance by High Commissioner Dr. Srinivasa in Guyanese President trip to India

I write to publicly acknowledge and cheer Indian’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr. K.J Srinivasa for his stellar performance in shepherding President Ali during his working visit to India. (It is a custom in international diplomacy that whenever a President or PM visits another country, that country’s Ambassador to the country of the President usually accompanies him or her and hosts the delegation – which is what happened in India apart from the official welcome by P.M Modi and India’s President Murmu). The President’s program was minutely charted outby His Excellency Srinivasa. He has advanced both India’s and Guyana’s interests while the President was in India.
 
It was official conduct par excellence by the Indian Ambassador to Guyana in India. It was through Dr. Srinivasa’s efforts, initiatives, and arrangements that the President was able to visit so many cities and engage so many people (government officials, businesspersons, educators) and accomplish so much in this short trip in terms of signed agreements. He was an exceptional interlocutor facilitating Guyana’s delegation with business entities in India. Off course, the High Commissioner may also have been the person who lobbied for Ali to be the Chief Guest and a Samman recipient at this year’s PBD.
 
Shri Srinivasa-ji has demonstrated that he has the knowledge, skills, qualifications, and experience as an outstanding diplomat. He has shown that he is an extremely hard-working, professional, and dedicated public servant of India who also serves many Guyanese who seek the High Commission’s service. He has shown that he is a public servant with a difference, serving with a high level of competence and efficiency.
 
Srinivasa has brought diverse diplomatic experience serving in several foreign locations that position him as a seasoned and skilled envoy. He is also an accomplished scholar and is very articulate. His foreign policy expertise and experience as a diplomat for some decades would have prepared him to effectively promote ties. Since his coming, he has helped to navigate and nurture long-standing diplomatic relationships between our two countries.  There have been marked improvements in economic, trade, business, diplomatic and security relations.
 
Ambassadors are crucial to diplomacy, dedicating their service to advancing the interests, building partnerships, promoting trade, negotiating agreements including that of security of their country in a host country. And Srinivasa has done exactly (with mutual benefits for both countries) that in Guyana when he welcomed President Ali and the delegation. Guyanese diplomats should take a lesson from him.
 
As the most seasoned diplomat on the trip, Srinivasa-ji appeared to be of tremendous assistance and an asset to Guyana’s delegation that went to India. His work has helped Guyana to build cooperation and collaboration in India. He facilitated the meetings that led to engagement between Indian and Guyanese leaders and between businesspersons of both countries. The President and his business delegation left India with positive expectations from all the agreements signed and the several communiques as well as commitments made by the Government of India. The trip, as per media reports, will strengthen economic ties and improve political relations. Thank you  High Commissioner Srinivasa for a job exceptionally well done!
 
*Dr. Bisram holds a PhD in International Politics and is a specialist on India and South Asian Affairs

Dr Vishnu Bisram

Dr. Vishnu Bisram is Guyanese born who received his primary and secondary education in Guyana and tertiary education in the US and India. He is a holder of multiple degrees in the natural sciences, social sciences, and education. He taught for over forty years in the US. He is a specialist on the Indian diaspora traveling globally to research and write about Indian communities.