Homeward Bound

Married to the diplomatic life, India's High Commissioner to Canada prepares to go home to serve as a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Peter Schneider
Published: Wednesday, 08/11/2004 12:00 am EDT

Shashi U. Tripathi, India's High Commissioner to Canada, is often asked why she decided to join the foreign service in 1970. She says of her decision, "It was an unusual profession for a woman at the time, when the professions open to us were mainly medicine and teaching. Here was this profession that was opening up. It was a man's field, and you had to compete. But, if you made it, it opened up very interesting opportunities. I was always interested in international affairs, and in projecting my own country to the rest of the world. I have never regretted joining the foreign service. It's been my career for the last 30 years now and it's where I found my husband." Her husband, Mr. Manilal Tripathi, is presently India's ambassador to Japan.

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