Madhusuhan Ravindran, the IFS Officer from 2007 batch, hailing from Ramassery, Elapully Panchayat of Palakkad District in Kerala has taken charge as Counselor at Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations at New York in the US.
From September 2009 to July 2011, he was initially a Third Secretary and subsequently became the Second Secretary in Beijing, China. A polyglot, Madhusudan is fluent in Chinese, English and Tamil, in addition to his native tongue of Malayalam. He also served as Consul in the Consulate General of India San Francisco from August 2011 to June 2013. Overall, the officer served for four years and eleven months in the Embassy of India, Beijing. From July 2013 to June 2013 he initially served as Second Secretary and from August 2014 to May 2018 Madhusudan served as a First Secretary.
Shifting from Embassy of India, Beijing, Madhusudan was elevated as Deputy Secretary (Foreign Secretary’s Office), Ministry of External Affairs, India in August 2018 and he served in that capacity till January this year. He was further promoted as Director in the same office and he served in that capacity for just six months and new he is shifted to the US, taking up the the coveted position of Counselor at permanent Mission of India to the UN.
With his prowess in Chinese, Tamil, Malayalam and English, Madhusudan came of great help for the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. When the two unofficial meetings held by Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram on the outskirts of Chennai, this Malayali IFS officer was the translator-cum-interpreter. He not only interpreted what Modi had enlightened Jinping about the architectural splendour and its importance of the monuments. Madhusudan elaborated Modi’s description in Hindi in chaste Mandarin language to Jinping.
At the age of 22, Madhusudhan earned his engineering degree and cleared the IFS examination. The now 34 year old Madhusudan got the initial posting as Third Secretary in the Indian Mission in Beijing from 2009 to 2011, only to be serving at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco for a couple of years in the US. Again, the officer relocated to China as First Secretary. His area of strength is the fluency in Mandarin that helped him to be the translator for the Prome Minister. He was the translator for Modi’s most of the high leel meetings for quite some time. Also, Madhusudan is well versed in other other dielects in Chinese like Cantonese. During the Chinese premier’s visit to India and before that the meeting Modi had with Jingpin at the Wuhan meet in 2018, Madhusudan donned the cap of official interpreter.
Hailing from an academically inclined family, Madhusudan’s sister R Priyadarshini is also an IFS official. Their parents, Ravindran Nair and Nirmala live in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. His spouse, Dr. Anupama is from Kasargode in Kerala. Besides fluent in Chinese, English, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil, Madhusudan has a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the renowned Anna University in Guindy, Chennai. Other added qualifications include Nuclear non-proliferation, Translation and Interpretation (Chinese) and World Bank eInstitute: Pathways to Growth.
Madhusudan has also a publication in his name: China’s potential for Economic Coercion in the South China Sea Disputes – A Comparative Study of the Philippines and Vietnam. The Indian News wish him good luck in his new role.