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Shivshankar Menon or Sivasankara Menon (Malayalam: ശിവശങ്കര്‍ മേനോന്‍, Hindi: शिवशंकर मेनोन, Marathi: शिवशंकर मेनोन) is the present National Security Advisor (NSA) to the Prime Minister of India. He previously served as the Foreign Secretary, the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan and in China and Israel as ambassador and diplomat.

Menon hails from Ottapalam in Palakkad district of Kerala. His father Parappil Narayana Menon was also a career diplomat and served as the ambassador of Yugoslavia in his last days. His grandfather K P S Menon (senior) was India's first foreign secretary, while K P S Menon (Jr), the former Indian ambassador to China, is his uncle.

Menon did his schooling from Scindia School Gwalior, and later did his MA in History from Delhi University.

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