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SYRIA DIARY - Visit of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to Syria Part 1;

Part 2



Training workshop for Mauritus diplomats

Kerala on development track

Presentation at KINFRA

MEA Distinguished Lecture - "Role of Technology in India's Foreign Relations", IIT Roorkee, 28 Sep 2010

Diplomatic Dividend: The Indian Foreign Service as a career option; The Scholars Avenue, IIT Kharagpur, 8 Oct 2012
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The EU's retreat from multiculturalism- paper presented at India-EU seminar, 23 Sep 2011

Presentations at JSS University, Mysore - Climate Change challenges ;
 Health situation in South Asia ;
Nanotechnology applications in health sciences ; Biotechnology development ;
Nuclear energy - curse or blessing ;
 Fighting global disease outbreaks ;
Some current issues in international health ; Cancer in India - the challenges ;  Climate Change and implications for India;  Nanomedicine- an emerging and expanding fieldSustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Health


Towards Technological Prowess: India's Foreign Policy Options - Bhaskar Balakrishnan, Lecture delivered at Kerala University , 18 Feb 2022,

Science Diplomacy and Indias Vaccine Diplomacy, Oct 2021

Indias science diplomacy, July 2022

Indias Science Diplomacy, Feb 2022

Technology and India's Foreign Policy , STIP Lecture, RIS, 30 Nov 2017

Science Diplomacy Concepts, RIS 9 Jan 2018

Technology and International Relations - some challenges, Central University, Jammu, 20 Apr 2018

Regional Cooperation in South Asia, Jindal Global Univ, 26 Oct 2018

Technology Transfer  and Scientific Collaboration, RIS, 22 Feb 2019

MEA Distinguished Lecture at Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, 2 Sept 2019 on “Changing dynamics of Indian Foreign Policy – the Science and Technology Dimension”

Science Technology and Innovation Policy 2020 Can Transform India, NISCAR, Science Diplomacy, p11-13, July-Sept 2020.


Technology and International Relations - challenges for the 21 st century
Ordering information -  Publisher  India 

Dr. Bhaskar Balakrishnan, Former Ambassador of India



Dr. Bhaskar Balakrishnan has served as Ambassador of India to Greece from May 2005 to Sept 2007. Earlier, from December 2001 to March 2005, he was India’s Ambassador to Cuba, concurrently accredited to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

He headed the Investment & Technology Promotion Division of the Ministry of External Affairs concerned with promotion of foreign investment and technology flows, economic reforms, energy, and transportation, during Sept 1999 to Dec 2001; and from March 1998 to Sept 1999, he headed the Communications and Vigilance Division of the Ministry. He was IT manager for the Ministry, and the Chief Vigilance Officer, and represented the Ministry in several interministerial bodies such as the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, Steering Committee on Biomedical Research, and the Task Force on Information Security.

He has held diplomatic assignments in Indian Missions in Geneva(1976-78, 1982-85), Khartoum(1978-80), Damascus (1986-89), Lusaka(1989-92) and Vienna (1992-95), as well as in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. He also worked in UNIDO, Vienna as Special Assistant to the Director General (1995-98).

His assignments covered a wide area of international economic relations, science and technology cooperation, multilateral affairs, the UN system and its reforms, trade, investment and technology promotion, energy and environment, biotechnology, IT, labour, health and social affairs, development cooperation, as well as political and administrative affairs, personnel management, internal oversight, etc.

He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974, and is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (1963-66), Delhi University (1966-68), and Ph.D from Stonybrook University, USA (1968-72) in the field of Theoretical High Energy and Particle Physics. He has held teaching assignments at Panjab University (1972-74) and Stonybrook University, USA. He also worked for one year at Massachussets Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachussets.

After retirement in Sept 2007, he worked briefly as Executive Director of the Asian Heritage Foundation, New Delhi, which works for the upliftment of rural and poor artisans involved in creative and cultural industries.

He is a regular contributor of articles on international affairs to the daily English national newspaper The Hindu Business Line.

He has published a  book entitled "Technology and International Relations: Challenges for the 21 st Century" , in collaboration with the Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA).

He is a Fellow in Science Diplomacy at the Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) , New Delhi since 2018. He is the editorof the journal "Science Diplomacy Review" and of the fortnightly newsletter Science Diplomacy News Alerts.

He is the Co Chair of the Gene Therapy Advisory and Evaluation Committee (GTAEC) of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), set up in 2020.

Since 2009, he is an adjucnt faculty member at the JSS University, Mysore. He has delivered lectures on special topics such as biotechnology development, IPRs and access to drugs, climate change and energy, nuclear energy, health situation in South Asia, etc. to students and faculty..

 He has conducted  training workshops for diplomats of the Mauritius Foreign Ministry, under an Indo-Mauritius bilateral programme.  In January 2011 and May 2015, he conducted training courses for diplomats of South Pacific Island countries under a project of the Ministry of External Affairs. He has been delivering lectures on special topics as part of  the  training programmes conducted by the Foreign Service Training Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs for foreign diplomats including diplomats from Afghanistan, ASEAN diplomats, and India.

He was a member of India's 16-member National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) for 2013-2014.

He has been the President of the Association of Indian Diplomats (AID), for 2015-16,  an association of  over 250 former Indian Ambassadors.

He speaks French and Spanish. He is a radio amateur, call sign VU2QV. He is married with two children.





Diplomatic bag

Articles in media

Media interviews, videos [ pdf version ]

Scientific papers

Mahatma Gandhi


Recent Articles:


Opportunities for India Taiwan Science and Technology Cooperation, Bhaskar Balakrishnan, Science Diplomacy Review, Vol 3, No. 3, December 2021, p14-26,

China, WHO and the Covid-19 Pandemic Bhaskar Balakrishnan. Institute of Chinese Studies Analysis, No 102, May 2020,

Prospects of India-Taiwan Science & Technology Cooperation, Bhaskar Balakrishnan, Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) policy report on India-Taiwan relations, p 84-91, Feb 2022,

Science, Technology and Innovation - Fighting the COVID-19 Outbreak, RIS Diary 3rd Special Issue on COVID-19, April 2020

WHO's Role in the Covid-19 Outbreak must be Strengthened, RIS Diary 2 nd Special Issue on COVID-19, April 2020

Book Review of "Fire and Fury - Transforming India's Strategic Identity"by Dr Anil Kakodkar, Science Diplomacy Review, Voil 2 No.1, March 2020

Science and Technology Dimensions of Indian Foreign Policy, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal Vol. 14, No. 2, April–June 2019, 165-180

Climate Change, Paris Agreement and Global Action: A way foreard , Science Diplomacy Review ,March 2019

Non-Aligned movement: Can Vennezuela host the next Summit ? ICWA, 3 Feb 2016

India's engagement with the Pacific Islands, IFAJ Oct-Dec 2015

Indian economy needs a boost - a reform wish list, Indiawrites, 20 Jan 2016 [ pdf version ]

India-Africa Forum Summit: A Big Leap Forward? Eurasia Revew, 17 Oct 2015; full version

Diplomatic impunity, Indian Express, 28 Sep 2015, full version.

Greek elections pose a new challenge for the third bailout deal, English version of article published in Sakal (Marathi), 26 Aug 2015

Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation moves ahead, IDSA comments, 25 Aug 2015 [pdf]

Sea change, Business Line, 18 Aug 2015 [ pdf ]

India's outreach to Pacific Islands: Making a difference, IndiaWrites.org, 16 Aug 2015
[ pdf ]

Obama’s Clean Power Plan Could Have Lessons For India – OpEd, Eurasia review, 12 Aug 2015 [ pdf ]

Cuba-US Detente Opens Up New Possibilities – OpEd, Eurasia Review, 5 Aug 2015 [ pdf ]

Cuba-US detente: the long road ahead, IndiaWrites.org, 28 Jul 2015. [ pdf ]

Role of Technology in India's Foreign Relations, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, Vol6 No.1 p70-86

Doing what it takes to stop a 'Grexit' , Business Line, 29 Jan 2015 [ pdf ]

US-Cuba thaw: New Year & New Hopes, Indiawrites.org, 31 Dec 2014 [ pdf ]

Banking reforms: How to cure KYC headache?, Indiawrites.org, 7 Dec 2014 [ pdf ]

This is not the way to stem brain drain, Business Line, 22 Nov 2014 [pdf ]

India’s Foreign Policy and the New Government, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal,Jul-Sep 2014 issue p 206-212

Make in India - How to succeed, Indiawrites.org, 18 Nov 2014 [ pdf version]

India must become member of CERN, Eurasia Review, 15 Nov 2014 [ pdf version]

Nuclear Thorn in India-Japan ties, 5 Sep 2014 [ pdf version ]

Palestinian Unity can help the peace process, 20 Jun 2014, ICWA guest article. [ pdf version ]

Ukraine: A new Balkans in the heart of Europe, 24 May 2014, Eurasia Review [ pdf version ]

India's next government can boost the economy, Eurasia Review, 19 May 2014 [ pdf version ]

India's leather exports to take a hiding, Business Line, 5 May 2014 [ pdf version ]

India's vote on Sri Lanka - a responsible choice, 10 Apr 2014, e-International Relations [ pdf version ]

The Great indian Election 2014 - Eurasia Review, 6 Apr 2014 [ pdf version ]

India's vote on Sri Lanka - a responsible choice, The Island, 6 Apr 2014 [ pdf ]

Terrorism incubator- the growing terror of foreign jihadists, Hindustan Times, 25 Feb 2014 [ pdf version ]

Time to end Iran's isolation 1 Dec 2013 [ doc version ]

Rogue Vessels in Indian waters 24 Oct 2013 [ pdf version ]

Syria's getting too toxic, 4 Sep 2013 [ original version ]

Bhutan - a tiny, coldneighbour, 16 Aug 2013 [ pdf version ]

We've only just begun, 16 Jul 2013 [ pdf version ]

Pull out all the stops on FDI 4 Jul 2013 [ pdf version ]

Let's Mend Fences with Denmark 17 Jun 2013 [ pdf version ]

Trade talks with EU too hush-hush 17 Apr 2013 [ pdf version ]

Disarm North Korea through talks 27 Feb 2013 [ pdf version ]

Iran on nuclear overdrive 18 Jan 2013 [ pdf version ]

Syria, an ever boiling cauldron 13 Nov 2012 [ pdf version ]

Needless misgivings on reforms 4 Oct 2012 [ pdf version ]