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Following above, read motivational story of Nirupama Menon Rao
Nirupama Menon Rao, the current Indian Ambassador to the United States, was born on December 6, 1950, in Malappuram, Kerala. Since her father was in the Indian Army, Nirupama Menon Rao had the opportunity to travel to various cities in India.
In fact, Nirupama Menon Rao did her schooling in Bangalore, Pune, Coonoor, and Lucknow. Since her strength lied in languages, Nirupama Menon Rao completed her BA (Honours) in English from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, in 1970. After that, she pursued a Masters degree in English Literature from Marathwada University in Maharashtra.
Since young, Nirupama Menon Rao was an outstanding student, and this propelled her to prepare for the All India Civil Services Examination in 1973.
Due to her hard work and diligence, she topped her batch in one of the most competitive and challenging exams in India. Her top rank in the examination earned her a seat in the Indian Foreign Service.
It was during her intensive training at Lal Bahadur Shastri academy that she met her husband, Sudhakar Rao, who is an Indian Administrative Service officer.
After her training, Nirupama Menon Rao served as an ambassador in the Indian Embassy in Vienna, Austria. After that, she served as the First Secretary in the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka from 1981 to 1983.
While working at the Ministry of External Affairs, Nirupama Menon Rao specialised in India’s relations with China, and became a member of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s delegation to Beijing in 1988. Between 1992 and 1993, Nirupama Menon Rao also worked as a Fellow at the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University.
Apart from serving in a number of Indian embassies around the world, including Washington, Moscow, Peru, and Bolivia, she also became the first female spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs in 2001.
Also, Nirupama Menon Rao became India’s first female ambassador to China. Although the political arena in India is largely dominated by males, Nirupama Menon Rao did not become intimidated.
She was determined to succeed and her hard work and perseverance paid off eventually as she climbed high in her career ladder. At the time of the Libyan crisis, Nirupama Menon Rao went out of her way to evacuate Indians from Libya.
Nirupama Menon Rao has been conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters by Pondicherry University. Also, she has been named one of the most influential women in the world on Twitter.
Since young, Nirupama Menon Rao has been passionate about writing, and despite her busy schedules, she takes some time out to write books. In fact, one of her books called Rain Rising has been published and translated into Russian and Chinese.
Nirupama Menon Rao is definitely a role model for both men and women in India and beyond. Her life journey provides evidence that hard work and intelligence do not go unnoticed. Even in a male-dominated society, women can succeed, provided they are determined to follow their dreams.