Memorabilia 7: It was Thabo Mbeki who became the second President of South Africa, after Nelson Mandela, from 1999-2008. During his tenure in office, the South African economy grew at an average rate of 4.5% per year, creating employment in the middle sectors of the economy. He also oversaw the successful building of economic bridges to BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations and South Africa was inducted in 2010. I met him when he was the Chief Mediator of African Union for Sudan for which he was named the African of the Year.
Memorabilia 6: It was a mind blowing moment for me to have met Professor Dr.Salim Yusuf in Khartoum,Sudan(2017).He is World’s most-cited researcher. Prof.Yusuf’s large-scale clinical trials have had a significant impact on the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease.He was the President of World College of Cardiology in 2015 and 2016. When he told me that he born in a small town in Kerala and studied his MBBS in Bangalore, I admired his simplicity.
Memorabilia 5: Today I received a piece of very good news that Ambassador Sanjay Kumar Verma has been promoted to the Secretary level at the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. He is presently Ambassador of India in Japan. My association with him goes back to Sudan during his tenure as Ambassador from 2013-2015. He was not only very popular with the Indian community but was also received very well by the Diplomatic circles and the Sudanese government and community. I will always cherish his letter of acknowledgment written to me on his departure. Wish him greater prosperity in his personal and professional life.