Idea Exchange With Shashi Tharoor

A Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor has been vocal in his criticism of the government’s demonetisation policy, calling it an “ill-conceived” strategy. The standoff led to a complete washout of the Winter Session of Parliament, with the Opposition insisting on a vote. While the former diplomat has been critical of disruptions in Parliament, he says it has “unfortunately become a part of our political culture”. His speech at the Oxford Union debate last year, debunking arguments that justify British colonial rule in India, went viral, prompting Tharoor to write his latest book, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India