Who was the First Woman Ambassador of India?

The first woman ambassador of India was Chonira Belliappa Muthamma.

About C. B. Muthamma

Chonira Belliappa Muthamma was born on 24th of January in 1924 in Virajpet, Coorg, Karnataka and died on 14th of October in 2009 at Bangalore. She became the first Indian woman diplomat and later became the first Indian woman Ambassador (High Commissioner). She had completed her graduation from the Women’s Christian College, Chennai where she won the gold medal three times. She also completed her post-graduation (English Literature) from the Presidency College, Chennai.

How C. B. Muthamma became the First Woman Ambassador of India

She was the first woman of India who sat in the examinations of the Indian Civil Services in the year 1948. She had joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in the year 1949 and became the first Indian woman diplomat and then first Indian woman Ambassador/High Commissioner. She has served as an ambassador to the Hungary, Ghana and Netherlands. She got retired from the Indian Foreign Service in the year 1982. She struggled a lot in order to establish the gender equality in India of male dominated Indian civil services. Even she led the Indian government to the Supreme Court in the year 1979 to pass out the demand for foreign secretary’s post for the woman as well. She has mentioned the gender discrimination in India in her book titled “Slain by the System –India’s Real Crisis”.

Achievements of C. B. Muthamma as a First Woman Ambassador of India

  • She became the first woman of India who sat to the Indian Civil Services examinations in the year 1948 and joined the Indian Foreign Service in the year 1949.
  • She became the first Indian woman diplomat and ambassador.
  • She has contributed around 15 acres of her land in Delhi to “The Missionaries of Charity” to set up a school for the orphans.
  • She fought to the government of India against gender discrimination in the Indian Civil Services.

What is an Ambassador

An ambassador, selected for some special or temporary diplomatic tasks of a country, becomes an official representative (highest ranking diplomat) who went to another state or country (or international organization) as an agent of their own country. An ambassador who is assigned to the Foreign Service needs an approval first by the foreign government.