Guten Tag, liebe Leserinnen und Leser,
It is a real privilege to represent my country in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and the “Seven Sisters”. Since i arrived in September 2020, the “City of Joy” has warmly welcomed me and became my home away from home. For centuries, Kolkata has greatly contributed many encounters and exchanges between Indian and German intellectuals. The Consulate-General will always try to continue that tradition.
You may visit our Website here today for various reasons: information about current affairs in Germany; activities of the German missions in India and of this Consulate in particular; for job, study and travel opportunities in Germany or, as a German citizen, for consular assistance. During the current Corona-pandemic you might also search for specific information about travel restrictions or limitations in the services our mission can provide.
It was particularly sad for me to arrive in India at a time when so many of the connections and personal contacts I had hoped to establish right at the beginning of my posting had to be postponed or could only take place in “virtual” format. In 2021 again, we cxannot celebrate the upcoming 31st anniversary of German unification on October 3rd with a physical event. My recently arrived Deputy, Ms. Isdole Aust, the colleagues at the Consulate and I personally will, however use the possibilities of IT to the utmost and I invite you to follow our social media posts as well. But as an old-fashioned diplomat, I still believe that modern technology can only substitute so much for direct personal interaction. I am certain that, there are better times ahead.
Under these circumstances, I would like to encourage you to follow us on twitter and facebook, as well as to follow the social media of Goethe-Institut/ Max Muller Bhawan in Kolkata , our cultural institute. I would also be interested to hear from you and would be grateful for any feed-back you might like to provide us with.
But for now: let's all stay healthy and continue to fight COVID19 !
With warm regards,