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Shailesh Lakhtakia’s Journey

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Shailesh Lakhtakia

Shailesh Lakhtakia was born on 18 of July 1960 in Lucknow, India, a city famous in India for ‘kebabs’ and a culture where respect for others, the palate and the clothes dominates one’s life considerably.

He studied at the Lucknow University from where he got his Bachelors’ degree in Arts having studied Economics, Modern History and Political Science. At the same University he got his Bachelors’ Degree in Laws. He is married to Rashmi.

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He then moved to New Delhi where he worked briefly with the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India from 1984 to 1987.

In 1987, he took up new assignment with the Indian Foreign Service in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and has been with this service since then. As part of his service he served at various places in the Headquarters at New Delhi and with the Indian Diplomatic Missions abroad commencing with Libya and later at Kyrgyzstan, Bahrain and Mongolia. Mr. Lakhtakia has travelled to all the continents on the globe and has participated in some international conferences/events. He has handled work relating to finance, protocol, administration, accounts, consular, culture, civilian training, education, global cyber issues, commerce, publicity, counter terrorism and political.

His hobbies include philately and numismatics.

Major accomplishments:

  • Greatly reduced the time taken for re-issue of Indian passports from 2-3 months to 7-10 days and even earlier
  • Reduced the time taken for issue of OCI cards from nearly 3 months to 4-5 weeks
  • Visas being issued within 3 days and many emergency visas the same day
  • Successfully organized the International Day of Yoga in 2018 and 2019 raising the awareness of Yoga among persons of non-Indian descent and increasing the participation in this international event
  • Successfully organized the community Diwali Fest in 2018 and 2019 with the active participation and cooperation of many leading Indian associations and leading community persons. The event attracted huge crowds
  • Organized events commemorating 150 years of birth of Mahatma Gandhi . Most prestigious was the installation of bust of Mahatma Gandhi in the premises of the Consulate. The unveiling of the bust was done by Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
  • Successfully organized an event in honour of Guru Nanak Devji with the cooperation of all the four prominent Gurudwaras in Atlanta and from Gurudwaras in South East US.
  • Participated in many events organized by Indian community associations from time to time and supported them

Memories from his long journey:

With His Holiness The Dalai Lama
with John Lewis
with Mallika Sarabhai
with Foreign Secretary Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla
with Col. V.K. Singh, former Chief of Army Staff and presently Minister for Road Transport and Highways
Opening of Patel Brothers Suwanee
at International Day of Yoga 2018
Representing India at Global Counter Terrorism Forum

Shailesh ji, you are one of the best officers we came across from the Atlanta Indian Consulate. We are very thankful to you for your support and services. Retirement is a great reward for all the hard work you put in over the years. You are truly a great officer and an even better leader! Wishing you good health, good luck, and great success in your retirement. Best wishes to you and your family.

From: Atlanta Indian Community

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