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Things you may like to know about Devyani Khobragade:
Devyani Khobragade, a doctor-turned Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1999 batch, she served as Deputy Consul General in Consulate of India, New York. Earlier, she had worked in the political divisions of the Indian missions in Pakistan, Italy and Germany.
Devyani Khobragade was born in Tarapur, Maharashtra into a prominent Dalit family from Gadchiroli, Maharashtra as its India’s financial capital Mumbai. She is married to an American citizen, New York-born Dr. Aakash Singh Rathore, who is research professor at University of Luiss, Rome, Italy. His father, Uttam, was an officer in the Indian Administrative Service and his uncle Dr. Ajay M Gondane is also an Indian Foreign Service officer of the 1985 batch and High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea.
Devyani Khobragade is the mother of two daughters aged six and three. “Apart from proudly raising two beautiful girls, she also wishes to contribute towards dalit and gender equality in her country”, her profile among 2012 Rolls-Royce scholars says.
Devyani Khobragade attended Mount Carmel High School in Mumbai. She obtained a degree in medicine from King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel in Mumbai. While doing an MS in Ophthalmology, Khobragade decided to become a civil servant.
In 2012, she was selected for Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme and completed the course.
Devyani Khobragade is proficient in English, Hindi, German and Marathi. Her passion is in travelling, reading, yoga, music and dancing.
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Devyani Khobragade tweeted earlier, mentioning about her involvement in a non-profit venture, “I am helping to change the way the world sees arts education. Join me in supporting Project Art”
Unlike some of her colleagues in IFS, Khobragade is not very active in social media. Among those who she follows in Twitter include US president Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former India’s ambassador to US Nirupama Rao and telecom guru Sam Pitroda.
Khobragade is a big fan of James Eugene “Jim” Carrey, a Canadian American actor, comedian and producer.
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