A journey of three decades- Jagat S. Sahab and Seva Mandir

We are sad to inform everyone that Jagat S. Mehta, a Trustee and former President of Seva Mandir, passed away this morning, 6-03-2014. May his soul rest in peace.




He was a retired officer of the Indian Foreign Service, having worked as the Foreign Secretary, Government of India. Apart from heading several International Missions, and being posted at Indian Embassies abroad, he has also taught as Professor of Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin, US.

After retiring from the government service, Shri Jagat Mehta was actively involved with voluntary agencies, having worked as President of Seva Mandir (1985-94) and as President of Vidya Bhawan Society (1993-2001).

He participated in (i) Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conferences (1948-1949-1977-1979) (ii) Nonaligned Summits, Foreign Ministers or Official level meeting (1965-1966-1976-1978-1979) (iii) UN General Assemblies or Special sessions 1948-1949-1951-1976-1977-1978.

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2002. (File Photo)


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He was Chargé d’affaires China (1963–1966) and High Commissioner to Tanzania (1970–1974). He was Associate at Harvard (1969 and 1980) and Fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., 1981.

Shri Jagat S Mehta has written several books including ‘The March of Folly in Afghanistan’, ‘Negotiating for India’, ‘Rescuing the Future: Bequeathed Misperceptions in International Relations’ and ‘The Tryst Betrayed’.

Here is a flashback of his glorious past and achievements.