Austenasian Ambassador to India
|Ambassador of the Empire of Austenasia to India
Coat of arms of the Empire
|Appointer||The Monarch, Prime Minister or Chief Ambassador|
|Formation||20 December 2014|
As Austenasian recognition of India is not currently reciprocated, the position is - at present - unaccredited, and serves a primarily ceremonial role.
The Empire of Austenasia first officially recognised India as a sovereign state on 27 December 2008 with the passage of Act 37 (Recognition of other States). On 3 January 2009, Act 42 (International Diplomatic Relations) instructed the Chief Ambassador to contact India (amongst other countries) "to inform them about the Empire of Austenasia and attempt to gain recognition". A letter was accordingly sent on 11 February the following month to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, but no reply was ever received.
On 20 December 2014, Arvind Kumar Sharma was appointed the Empire's first Ambassador to India. He was dismissed on 22 August 2018 after an SIA investigation uncovered his involvement with several deceptive and fraudulent groups, and replaced on 25 August by the incumbent, Prof. Sir Sanjib Bhattacharya.
Five other diplomatic positions are under the authority of the Ambassador to India:
- Consul-General at Ahmedabad: Suneel Mandra (since 13 November 2018)
- Consul-General at Kolkata: Paul Tapas (since 21 May 2020)
- Consul at Lucknow: Naman Pandey (since 4 December 2017)
- Consul-General at New Delhi: Dr R. N. Kalra (since 9 March 2017)
- Consul-General in South India: K. Mohan Menon (since 12 April 2019)
List of Ambassadors
|Number||Name||Portrait||Resident of||In office||Appointed by||Notes|
|1||H.E. Arvind Kumar Sharma||New Delhi||20 December 2014
22 August 2018
|HIM Emperor Jonathan I
|Dismissed upon the discovery of his involvement with several organisations falsely claiming affiliation with law enforcement and the United Nations.|
|2||H.E. Professor Sir Sanjib Bhattacharya, KOB, OAO||Mumbai||25 August 2018 – present||HIM Emperor Jonathan I
|Also served as Consul-General at Mumbai from August 2015 to April 2020, and was granted Austenasian non-residential subjectship on 8 March 2016.|