In a scathing rebuttal, India’s first secretary to the United Nations Sneha Dubey said: “This is a country that is an arsonist who disguises himself as a firefighter.
Pakistan keeps terrorists in its backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours. Our region and indeed the whole world has suffered because of his policies. On the other hand, they are trying to disguise the communal violence in their country as terrorist acts.”
Shortly after his speech was posted on social media handles, Indians applauded him for the reply, marveled at the age at which she was given the responsibility and the way she handled it.
Sneha, a 2012 batch IFS officer, completed her schooling from Goa. She then did her higher education at Ferguson College, Pune and finally did her MPhil from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
Ever since she was 12 years old, she wanted to join the Indian Foreign Service and passed the civil services exam in the year 2011 in her first attempt.
She says her motivation to join the overseas services was a combination of learning about international affairs, the thrill of discovering new cultures, representing the country, being a part of important policy decisions, and helping people.
A travel enthusiast, Sneha believes that becoming an IFS officer has given her the best opportunity to represent the country.
Sneha is the first in her family to join government services. Her father works in a multinational company while her mother is a school teacher.
Sneha Dubey’s first appointment was in the Ministry of External Affairs after being selected for the Foreign Service. Then in August 2014, she was sent to the Indian Embassy in Madrid.
Sneha is currently India’s first Secretary to the United Nations.
After Dubey’s video surfaced, Twitter users were being praised a lot. One user said, ‘What is the way to silence clowns in Pakistan…every word was chosen so thoughtfully…full of facts…superb.’
Some Twitter users were also quick to compare Dubey to former women officers from India who have fought Pakistan at the United Nations.
“India’s women diplomats in the United Nations are brilliant. This scathing reply from Eenam Gambhir, Vidisha Maitra and now Sneha Dubey!