British High Commissioner to India

Sir James David Bevan KCMG


1982 Joined FCO
1982-83 FCO, Western European Department
1983-84 FCO, Near East and North Africa Department
1984-86 Kinshasa, Second Secretary
1986-90 Brussels (UK Delegation to NATO), First Secretary
1991-92 FCO, European Union Department (External)
1992-93 Paris, First Secretary
1994-98 Washington, First Secretary
1998-2000 FCO, Head of Africa Department (Equatorial)
2000-01 FCO, Head of European Union Department
2002-03 FCO, Director for the Balkans
2003-06 FCO, Director for Africa
2006-07 Harvard University, Visiting Fellow, Centre for International Affairs
2007-11 FCO, Chief Operating Officer and Director General for Corporate Affairs
2011 British High Commissioner to India

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British High Commissioner to India

The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.


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  1. You’re invited: why Indians should visit Britain

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  2. 'The best visa service in the world just got better'

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  3. 'Feminism is the radical notion that women are people'

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  4. The global high table: India’s place in the world

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  5. Birthday celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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  6. Making history: the Gandhi statue, Parliament Square, London

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  7. 'News is what someone wants suppressed. Everything else is just advertising'

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  8. 'Well behaved women seldom make history'

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  9. Expectations from India in the emerging world order

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  10. Afghanistan and its neighbourhood

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