India’s new consul general for the Southeast is making his first visit to Atlanta this weekend.
Sanjiv Arora took up his post at the Indian consulate general in Houston on Nov. 16.
Indian officials have said that Atlanta will get a consulate by next year, but until then the community here will be under Mr. Arora’s jurisdiction.
Atlanta has 75,000-85,000 people of Indian descent, and Mr. Arora is coming to make initial contact with the community, said Narsi Narasimhan, president of the Georgia-Indo American Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting a welcome event for Mr. Arora on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the World Trade Center Atlanta.
Mr. Arora joined the Indian foreign service in 1984 and has served in diplomatic missions in the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.
From 2005 until his recent appointment, he headed the United Nations Division in India’s Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.
Mr. Arora holds an advanced diploma in Arabic and worked briefly for India’s Central Bank before joining the foreign service.