Arundhati Ghose

Arundhati Ghose
Arundhati Ghose
Born 1940
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Bengali
Occupation Diplomat
Home town Mumbai

Arundhati Ghose (b. 1940) is a former Indian diplomat. She attained celebrity as head of the Indian delegation that participated in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) negotiations at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva in 1996.[1]

Early life

Ghose comes from a prominent Bengali family. She is a sister of Ruma Pal, a former Supreme court judge, and of Bhaskar Ghose, former chairman of Prasar Bharati. Bhaskar's daughter, Sagarika Ghose and her husband Rajdeep Sardesai are prominent journalists who presently run the Indian arm of the CNN-IBN news channel. Ghose is also an aunt of Sanjay Ghose, a social worker who was abducted and killed by ULFA in Assam in 1997.[2]

Ghose grew up in Mumbai and studied at Cathedral and John Connon School. She graduated from Lady Brabourne College in Kolkata and went on to study at Visva-Bharati University, in Shantiniketan, before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1963.[1]


In 1996 Ghose was deputed to head India's delegation to the CTBT conference in Geneva. India was a key participant at this conference, being one of only three countries that possessed nuclear technology and yet remained unrecognized as a nuclear power and outside the ambit of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). Indeed, the CTBT had been devised expressly to bring such countries under an international system of obligations. In keeping with its long standing and oft-enunciated policy, India declined to endorse any regimen that permitted some countries to retain nuclear weaponry while limiting the ability of other countries to develop similar capabilities of their own.


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