Vikas Swarup, Novelist and Former Diplomat

Vikas Swarup, Novelist and Former Diplomat

Vikas Swarup is a novelist and former diplomat. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and served in diplomatic assignments in Ankara, Washington DC, Addis Ababa, London and Pretoria.  Most recently, he was Consul General in Osaka-Kobe (2009-2013), India’s foreign office spokesperson (2015-2017), High Commissioner to Canada (2017-2019) and Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (2019-2021).

Since retiring from the Foreign Service in June 2021, he has been hosting a weekly programme on foreign affairs called ‘Diplomatic Dispatch’ for India’s parliamentary channel, Sansad TV.

Vikas is also the author of three bestselling novels, Q&A (adapted as the multiple Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire), Six Suspects (adapted as The Great Indian Murder on Disney/Hulu) and The Accidental Apprentice. His books have been translated into more than 45 international languages.He has been a jury member for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize and the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival.

He has written for numerous prestigious publications such as TIME, Newsweek, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Financial Times (UK), DNA (India), Outlook (India), and Liberation (France). Vikas is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of South Africa in Pretoria, Concordia University in Montreal and the University of Guelph.