Kasaragod: Malayalees may refrain from ‘speaking a word on Poland’ elsewhere, but Kasaragod may be finding a new love for the Central European country. Nagma Mohamed Malik, a 1991 batch IFS officer and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the Ambassador of Poland and Lithuania. Growing up in Delhi, Mallick traces his roots to Kasaragod. Her parents, Mohammad Habibullah and Zulu Bhanu, are natives of Fort Road in Kasaragod city.
Habibullah and his family moved to Delhi after getting a job in the Department of Overseas Communications. Malik holds a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Stephen’s College and a post-graduate (sociology) from Delhi School of Economics. She speaks English, French, Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam.
According to the website of the Embassy of India, Poland and Lithuania, he began his diplomatic career in Paris with the Indian mission to UNESCO. Back in New Delhi, he started out as a desk officer in the Western Europe Division of the Ministry of External Affairs. He also served as a staff officer to former Prime Minister IK Gujral.
He had served as First Secretary and Consultant in India’s missions in Nepal and Sri Lanka respectively. As Director in the Eurasia Division, he oversaw India’s bilateral relations with Russia and 11 CIS countries. From July 2010 to September 2012, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Thailand. She was India’s Ambassador to Tunisia from October 2012 to November 2015 and High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam from December 2015 to December 2018.
After being named the designated ambassador to Poland, Malik met with Marcin Przydyk, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, on 15 September.
Hers is a well known family in Kasaragod and Mangaluru. Famous Kannada writer Sara Abubakar is the sister of her father Habibullah. His younger brother (Mallick’s uncle) Lt P Mohammad Hashim was killed in action during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 at the age of 23. Lieutenant Hashim Street in Thalangara, Kasaragod is named after him. Mallik’s grandfather Puthiyapura Ahmed was one of the first Muslim advocates in Kasaragod, practicing law from 1930 to 1970. Mallik is married to Delhi-based lawyer Fareed Inam Mallick and has a son and a daughter.
Nagma Mohamed Malik had served as First Secretary and Adviser to India’s missions in Nepal and Sri Lanka respectively. As Director in the Eurasia Division, he oversaw India’s bilateral relations with Russia and 11 CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries.