Surprise elections POWER POINT

Surprise elections

Every prime minister with a majority hears the speculation that he or she may prepone the next...

By Sachidananda Murthy | August 27, 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.


  • Beware the perils of fatalism

    Beware the perils of fatalism

    By Shashi Tharoor | August 27, 2017

    The 70th anniversary of our independence is now behind us. A vast array of articles, op-eds, interviews and reminiscences have cluttered our newspapers, magazines and television...

  • Pains of singing paeans

    Pains of singing paeans

    By Shashi Tharoor | July 30, 2017

    The old adage of ‘flattery will get you anywhere’ may just have been proved to be scientifically true. But how universally valid is it? A team of Japanese scientists, led by...

  • Breaking the national identity stereotype

    Breaking the national identity stereotype

    By Shashi Tharoor | July 02, 2017

    The recent election of Leo Varadkar, son of an Indian immigrant, as prime minister of Ireland has been hailed widely in our country as it represents some sort of national...

  • Time for a change

    Time for a change

    By Shashi Tharoor | June 04, 2017

    Back in 1974, as a teenage collegian, I spent a summer holiday at the tea estate of a classmate’s father near Jorhat in Assam. One of the first things I discovered during that...

  • 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...

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