How being Indian became cool

In my United Nations years, one of the dilemmas foreigners often confronted was in dealing with the...

By Shashi Tharoor | May 07, 2017
Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

An author, politician, and former diplomat, Shashi Tharoor is a Lok Sabha MP. Former Minister of State for Human Resource Development in the Government of India, Tharoor has also served as the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information.


  • How being Indian became cool

    By Shashi Tharoor | May 07, 2017

    In my United Nations years, one of the dilemmas foreigners often confronted was in dealing with the sensitivities of India’s prickly neighbours. Soon after Independence, when...

  • High on the Holiday Index

    By Shashi Tharoor | April 09, 2017

    I write these words on a long weekend holiday for Parliament. Tuesday is Ram Navami, so the Speaker has obligingly given us Monday off. But I do so with a twinge of guilt,...

  • Don’t hold your breath!

    Don’t hold your breath!

    By Shashi Tharoor | March 12, 2017

    A diplomat friend of mine, returning home after less than three years’ service in India, was asked at his exit medical examination how many packs of cigarettes he smoked a day....

  • The unfinished Memorial

    The unfinished Memorial

    By Shashi Tharoor | February 12, 2017

    Speaking recently at a literary festival on the grounds of Kolkata’s magnificent Victoria Memorial, built in white Makrana marble between 1906 and 1921, I was struck by the...

  • Veggie, very hot!

    Veggie, very hot!

    By Shashi Tharoor | January 15, 2017

    As the New Year begins, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) will embark on its annual internet poll to identify the Hottest Vegetarian of the Year. As India’s...

  • Chaudhuri’s British addiction

    By Shashi Tharoor | December 18, 2016

    The 119th birth anniversary of the notorious Anglophile Nirad C. Chaudhuri, the Bengali intellectual and author of the bestselling Autobiography of an Unknown Indian (1951) has...

  • Curing historical amnesia

    Curing historical amnesia

    By Shashi Tharoor | November 20, 2016

    As I write these words, the vice president of India, the erudite former diplomat Hamid Ansari, has just launched my new book An Era of Darkness: the British Empire in India. It...

  • The celebrity syndrome

    By Shashi Tharoor | October 23, 2016

    A little over a decade ago, before my entry into Indian public life made my face familiar to television-watchers and social-media users across the country, I took my mother and...

  • Lessons from the heathens

    By Shashi Tharoor | September 25, 2016

    As the government grapples with the formulation of a new education policy for India amid fears of “saffronisation”, it is interesting to recall our colonial inheritance. The...

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