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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.


The name game

The recent renaming of the historic town of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh to an

By Shashi Tharoor November 10, 2018

Parliament must rediscover courage

Three historic Supreme Court judgements in recent months, all expanding gender

By Shashi Tharoor October 15, 2018

Legacy of love

When disasters finally recede, observers start analysing the lessons learned:

By Shashi Tharoor September 23, 2018

A battle for India’s soul

As the 71st anniversary of our Independence Day comes and goes, it is time to

By Shashi Tharoor August 26, 2018

Please do the needful

Two columns ago, I rashly ventured the immodest thought that I had considered myself

By Shashi Tharoor July 29, 2018

A tale of two World Cups

As the football World Cup captures audiences and imaginations across the globe, some

By Shashi Tharoor July 01, 2018

‘Kindly adjust’ to our English

I have long immodestly considered myself the inventor of the term 'prepone'. I came

By Shashi Tharoor June 03, 2018

Saving the Commonwealth, and the planet

The recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London would have struck many

By Shashi Tharoor May 06, 2018

Why link mobiles, bank accounts to Aadhaar?

Why link mobiles, bank accounts to Aadhaar? What is the problem with Aadhaar? Why

By Shashi Tharoor April 08, 2018

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
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