Vijay Gokhale

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Carnegie India
Mr. Vijay Gokhale is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie India and the former foreign secretary of India.
 

Education

MA, History, University Delhi
BA, History, University of Delhi

Languages

English; Hindi; Mandarin Chinese; Marathi

 

Mr. Vijay Gokhale is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie India.  Mr. Gokhale retired from the Indian Foreign Service in January 2020 after a diplomatic career that spanned thirty-nine years. From January 2018 to January 2020, he served as the foreign secretary of India. 

Prior to his term as foreign secretary, Mr. Gokhale had served as India’s high commissioner to Malaysia from January 2010 to October 2013, as ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany from October 2013 to January 2016, and as ambassador of India to the People’s Republic of China from January 2016 to October 2017. He has served as head of the India-Taipei Association, in Taiwan, from July 2003 to January 2007. During his time in the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs, he has also worked in key positions in the East Asia Division, including as the joint secretary (Director General) for East Asia from March 2007 to December 2009. 

He has worked extensively on matters relating to the Indo-Pacific region with a special emphasis on Chinese politics and diplomacy. Since his retirement from the Foreign Service, Mr. Gokhale has contributed opinion pieces to the New York Times, the Hindu, and the Indian Express.

Mr. Gokhale lives in Pune, India. He is currently also a distinguished visiting faculty at the Rashtriya Raksha University in Gujarat. 

Mr. Gokhale speaks English, Hindi, Marathi, and Mandarin Chinese. He did a master’s degree in History from the University of Delhi in 1980. He studied Mandarin Chinese at the Chinese University of Hongkong in 1983-84. 

  • PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE July 19, 2021
    The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India

    This book explores the dynamics of negotiation between India and China, from the early years after Independence until the current times, through the prism of six historical and recent events.

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  • HarperCollins May 7, 2021
    Tiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest

    Vijay Gokhale, then a young diplomat serving in Beijing, was a witness to the unforgettable Tiananmen Square incident. This unique account brings an Indian perspective on an event in China’s history that the Chinese government has been eager to have the world forget.

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  • Hindu July 10, 2021
    How the Chinese Negotiate with India

    Experts examines the history of how China has negotiated with India through the lens of six significant moments in the relationship, from India’s recognition of the PRC to the 1954 Tibet trade agreement to the Chinese recognition of Sikkim and the aftermath of the India-U.S. nuclear deal.

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  • StratNewsGlobal July 1, 2021
    Xideology: ‘How Far You Go In The CCP Also Depends On How Red You Are’

    As the Chinese Communist Party turns 100, Vijay Gokhale talks to StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief, Nitin A. Gokhale, about how Xi Jinping is trying to control membership to stop the dilution of the core ideology of the party.

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  • Hindu June 4, 2021
    Vijay Gokhale on the making of the Tiananmen Square protest

    32-years after the Tiananmen Square incident in Beijing, Vijay Gokhale talks about his book, Tiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest, which provides a uniquely Indian perspective to the incident.

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  • Print May 31, 2021
    Off The Cuff with Vijay Gokhale

    Vijay Gokhale discusses his new book, Tiananmen Square: The Making Of A Protest, with Shekhar Gupta in ThePrint ‘Off The Cuff’.

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  • Paper launch- India’s Fog of Misunderstanding Surrounding Nepal–China Relations
    October 26, 2021 Zoom Webinar
    Paper launch - India’s Fog of Misunderstanding Surrounding Nepal–China Relations

    Join us on October 26 for an India and the World webinar on Vijay Gokhale's new paper, titled 'India’s Fog of Misunderstanding Surrounding Nepal–China Relations'. We will host Amb. Gokhale, Apekshya Shah, & Constantino Xavier for a talk, moderated by Deep Pal, on complex India-Nepal-China relations.

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  • Book talk - The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India by Vijay Gokhale
    July 28, 2021 Zoom Webinar
    Book talk - The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India by Vijay Gokhale

    In his new book, 'The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India', former foreign secretary of India, Vijay Gokhale, unpacks the dynamics of India-China relations through the prism of six historical and recent events.

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  • Book Talk: Tiananmen Square - The Making of a Protest by Vijay Gokhale
    May 13, 2021 Zoom Webinar
    Book Talk: Tiananmen Square - The Making of a Protest by Vijay Gokhale

    Vijay Gokhale's new book 'Tiananmen Square - The Making of a Protest: A Diplomat Looks Back', brings an Indian perspective on an event in China's history that the Chinese government has been eager to have the world forget.

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  • India-China: The Road from Galwan
    March 11, 2021 Zoom Webinar
    India-China: The Road from Galwan

    Join Vijay Gokhale, Srinath Raghavan, and Rudra Chaudhuri for this special edition of our India and the World webinar series — in which the speakers unpack the emerging complexities of a fraught, and fragile, Sino-Indian relationship through a discussion on Vijay Gokhale's forthcoming paper.

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