Guest Column

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.


Clementis’s hat, Gandhi’s glasses

In the Czech novelist Milan Kundera’s brilliant novel The Book of Laughter and

By Shashi Tharoor March 11, 2018

Rediscovering Hinduism

Why am I a Hindu? The obvious answer to this question is that it is because I was

By Shashi Tharoor February 11, 2018

Looking back at Ockhi

One of the striking consequences of the vast size of India is that a cataclysm in

By Shashi Tharoor January 14, 2018

An awful English word

The other day I saw the picture of a lovely <i>rath</i> in a British Museum catalogue for an exhibition...

By Shashi Tharoor November 19, 2017

Being caste conscious

I have recently been taught a sobering lesson in what caste has come to mean in our intellectual...

By Shashi Tharoor October 22, 2017

Cookies over biscuits

As an Indian schooled in the English language, I have long been fascinated by its different variants in...

By Shashi Tharoor September 24, 2017

Beware the perils of fatalism

The 70th anniversary of our independence is now behind us. A vast array of articles, op-eds, interviews...

By Shashi Tharoor August 27, 2017

Pains of singing paeans

The old adage of ‘flattery will get you anywhere’ may just have been proved to be scientifically true....

By Shashi Tharoor July 30, 2017

Breaking the national identity stereotype

The recent election of Leo Varadkar, son of an Indian immigrant, as prime minister of Ireland has been...

By Shashi Tharoor July 02, 2017

Time for a change

Back in 1974, as a teenage collegian, I spent a summer holiday at the tea estate of a classmate’s...

By Shashi Tharoor June 04, 2017

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

High on the Holiday Index

I write these words on a long weekend holiday for Parliament. Tuesday is Ram Navami, so the Speaker has...

By Shashi Tharoor April 09, 2017

Don’t hold your breath!

A diplomat friend of mine, returning home after less than three years’ service in India, was asked at...

By Shashi Tharoor March 12, 2017

The unfinished Memorial

Speaking recently at a literary festival on the grounds of Kolkata’s magnificent Victoria Memorial,...

By Shashi Tharoor February 12, 2017

Veggie, very hot!

As the New Year begins, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) will embark on its annual...

By Shashi Tharoor January 15, 2017
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