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"The ambassadors are not tourists, if we go to a country we develop roots"

 

GESTION
Monday, 08 May 2017

 

http://gestion.pe/tendencias/embajadores-no-somos-turistas-si-vamos-pais-desarrollamos-raices-2189177 

 

For the ambassador of India in Peru, Sandeep Chakravorty, the best way to understand a country is by reading a lot and talking to its people.

 

SHIRLEY GARAY SOLORZANO
Shirley.garay@diariogestion.com.pe

 

Sandeep Chakravorty is 46 years old and is the ambassador of India to Peru. From his position he manages the relations of his country with ours, also with Bolivia. He reveals that what he most likes about Peru is its history and he finds coincidences between the Indian and Andean cultures.

He also finds it essential to understand the customs of the country where he lives. The most difficult part of a diplomat's life, he confesses, is to constantly change his place of residence.

 

How did you become interested in diplomacy?
My first motivation was to be a functionary, because in my country it is still very prestigious to be it. In the way of the public service, the diplomatic work came in a natural way.

 

How is an ordinary day for an ambassador?
The first thing I do is check my emails and WhatsApp from India, read news from both countries and plan my day. Every day I try to meet with different people, and that also includes businessmen. In addition, I must direct the activities of the cultural center of the embassy and maintain an intensive calendar. I also seek to promote investment between the two countries.

 

How did you prepare before coming to Peru?
Before coming here I had meetings with other Peruvian attachés in India, and for the first few months here I went to see a lot of people. It is an ongoing task, I can never say that I fully understand a country. I am always studying and there is no better way than reading books, newspapers and talking to journalists.

 

What do you like most about our country?
I am fascinated by its culture and history. I find much similarity between our cultures, that is why I like to visit historical centers and travel to know more. I am also interested in its current situation, how it wants to develop, be part of the OECD, and the ambition of people and the youth. I see a lot of optimism.

 

And, on the contrary, is there something you do not like?
It is impossible that I do not like it, I am in love with Peru. Of course, before coming I did not think I would have so much work, I thought to come here to rest (laughs). Also, I would have liked to have a bigger embassy with more collaborators, because I think there is much to do with Peru.

 

Is the job of a diplomat complicated?
The life of a diplomat is difficult because every now and then we have to change our home and live far from our country. People think diplomatic life is very luxurious, with lots of cocktails and caviar, but it is actually quite tough, mainly for kids because they have to change their friends and their school.

 

Is not it sightseeing?
We are not tourists because whenever we go to a country we develop roots. I cannot live with a suitcase, I must behave as if I were here for many years, from wearing clothes to acquiring customs. However, after a while you have to pack and go to another country and behave like a citizen there.

 

What is what you miss most of India?
The answer is usually food. But I cannot complain, the food here is very good. I miss the  people, India is a very populated country. Fortunately, I have been able to travel a lot to my country in recent years. In addition, now the world is very interconnected thanks to platforms like Skype and WhatsApp.

 

Is it difficult to balance the professional and the personal side?
For a diplomat it is especially complex because a country is being represented all the time. However, in Peru it is possible.

 

Why?
Here is a very sacred "weekend culture". In India there is not. So, I try to adopt these Peruvian practices and keep the balance.

 

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