Friday, June 30, 2017

MEA to get new spokesperson, Baglay to be shifted as Raveesh Kumar likely to take over

By Saurabh Shukla,

Image from article, with caption: Current MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay

[T]he foreign office has not been able to handle the media in the changing times of social and digital media and keep in sync with the new realities. Both these forms have become a powerful tool and a spokesperson’s job in the modern day has to be more dynamic and creative. Besides the current Foreign Secretary has a strong focus on keeping officers manning key posts according to their aptitude and he realised that the spokesperson’s job needed a different officer, who could do some out of box thinking.
The other problem, the Ministry’s public diplomacy wing has not been able to get out of the box ideas, especially at a time when they have proactive leaders in the MEA led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and S. Jaishankar, who has been regarded as one of the brightest foreign secretaries in the recent past, have been leading the Ministry. ...

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