ARUNDHATI GHOSE, who was India’s ambassador to the UN and played a key role in India’s negotiations on Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), died late Monday night at the age of 76.
She was suffering from cancer and breathed her last at her residence in Palam Vihar in West Delhi, a family member said.
During her illustrious career, Ghose served in a number of positions, including in Indian Missions in Austria, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, South Korea and Egypt.
She was also the first Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.
Ghose was head of the Indian delegation to the conference on the CTBT in Geneva in 1996 and she is hailed for strongly outlining India’s position in opposing the treaty. At the conference, she had talked about the “discriminatory” treaty and famously said, “India will not sign this unequal treaty. Not now, not ever.”
She also played a key role in 1971, as she was posted in Dhaka and was supportive of the Bangladesh cause.
Recognising her contribution, she was honoured by the Bangladesh government.
Condoling her death, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said Ghose would be remembered for her services to the nation, including for role as head of the Indian delegation at the CTBT negotiations.