Highlights:

  • India’s first secretary at the United Nations, Sneha Dubey responded to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tirade against the country
  • Following her unapologetic and confident speech at the United Nation, #SnehaDubey started trending on Twitter and the social media users hailed her for the fiery speech
  • At 12 years of age, she wished to join the Indian Foreign Services and qualified the civil services examination in her very first attempt in the year 2011

India’s first secretary at the United Nations, Sneha Dubey while responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tirade against the country voiced, “This is the country which is an arsonist disguising itself as a firefighter. Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbors. Our region, and in fact the entire world, has suffered because of their policies. On the other hand, they are trying to cover up sectarian violence in their country as acts of terror.”

Referring to the issue of the Pakistani prime minister covering up the issue in Kashmir, she boldly uttered, “The entire Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India. This includes the areas under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.”

Following her unapologetic and confident speech at the United Nation, #SnehaDubey started trending on Twitter and the social media users hailed her for the fiery speech. Sneha who is from a 2012 batch of IFS officers, completed her schooling in Goa. She pursued her higher education in Pune’s Fergusson College and received her MPhil from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

At 12 years of age, she wished to join the Indian Foreign Services and qualified for the civil services examination in her very first attempt in the year 2011. She expresses that her inspiration to join the foreign services was a combination of learning about international affairs, the thrill of discovering new cultures, representing the country, being part of important policy decisions and helping people. She believes that becoming an IFS officer has given her the best opportunity to represent the country.

On the work front, Sneha’s first appointment after being selected for foreign services was in the Ministry of External Affairs. In August 2014, she was sent to the India Embassy in Madrid and now she is the country’s first secretary at the United Nations. She is the first member of her family to join government services. Her father works in a multinational company and his mother is a school teacher.

Appreciating Sneha Dubey for her speech, a twitter user commented, “what a way to shut the mouths of the jokers in Pakistan. Every word was so carefully chosen, full of facts….brilliant.” Another recalled, “India’s women diplomats to the UN are brilliant. Eenam Gambhir, Vidisha Maitra, and now this fiery right of reply by Sneha Dubey!”

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