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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor is a political leader and member of Indian National Congress. He currently serves as a Member of Parliament and represents Thiruvananthpuran in Kerala. Tharoor has also served as the Minister of State for External Affairs and Human Resource Minister in the past. Apart from that, he is also a former diplomat who worked with United Nations for 29 years. Tharoor is also an acclaimed author and has written over 15 books about India's culture, history, etc.

‘Grew up thinking of my mother as critical and temperamental; failed to see the steel beneath signs of her insecurity’
Mon, May 09, 2022

In the prologue to a new book written by his sister Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan, Shashi Tharoor writes about how proximity and age have lent him a new perspective on his mother's self-reliance and drive for excellence

UN failed to prevent Russia’s aggression. Yet, it can’t be written off
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

Shashi Tharoor, E D Mathew write: The international body’s stature has been diminished by its inability to hold superpowers to account and stop wars. But its record in peace-keeping, delivering humanitarian relief is formidable

Shashi Tharoor writes: Patriotism doesn’t demand perfection, not does it require to be consummated in the state
Mon, Aug 16, 2021

Who is a patriot and who a nationalist? As India enters her 75th year of independence, re-examining ideas of belonging

Baseless and barbaric: India must outlaw conversion therapy
Thu, Jun 10, 2021

Shashi Tharoor, Aditya Sharma write: Government must take steps against the practice and protect LGBTQIA+ Indians.

India must not miss the cryptocurrency bus
Mon, May 31, 2021

We had to play catch-up on the first phase of the digital revolution. We are now on cusp of the next phase, which will be led by technologies like blockchain, and we must get our policies right.

Vaccines should be free and for all
Thu, Apr 29, 2021

The Centre’s vaccination policy is a maze of confusion that could doom India’s future prospects.

Law promises people with disabilities equality of opportunity and accessibility, but our practices deny them that
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

It is critical that the government work with civil society and individuals with disabilities to craft an India where everyone feels welcome and treated with respect, regardless of their disabilities.

Life has triumphed over death in Hiroshima, but memories and stories remain
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Shashi Tharoor writes: When the museum commemorates its 65th anniversary this year, 75 years to the day after the A-bomb fell, it will help the world to keep its own memories intact — so that humankind can, through these searing reminders, ensure it never suffers or witnesses the horror of nuclear bombing again.

Changing to a presidential system is the best way of ensuring a democracy that works
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

Shashi Tharoor writes: It has never been clearer. The disrepute into which the political process has fallen in India, and the cynicism about the motives of politicians, can be traced to the workings of the parliamentary system.

Sharp fall in oil prices is opportunity for India to increase stockpile
Tue, Apr 28, 2020

While prices are low, we should fill up our reserve tanks and rent space abroad. The oil will come in handy when prices have gone up — and more importantly, when we need it.

Let’s seize opportunity to drive economy forward without driving air pollution up
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

Let’s defeat COVID, and let’s also make cleaner air an indispensable part of our defence against the next deadly contagion.

COVID pandemic has exposed fragility of global society, governance — and pointed to the way forward
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Shashi Tharoor, Samir Saran write: Many will find in this pandemic an opportunity to close themselves off to the international community. India must defy such impulses. If anything, Indian leadership in these times — and a new resolve for global governance — may be just the vaccine that the international community needs to navigate a new decade.

A new, fractured global order is upon us. India’s response must evolve accordingly
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

As political ideologies fail to provide purpose and meaning to individuals, they are increasingly finding refuge in identity and religion. The thin line separating church and state is collapsing rapidly.

To plug the data spill
Sat, Aug 25, 2018

Data flows away from ordinary citizens, to those who collect and may misuse it. My Data Privacy and Protection Bill, unlike the govt's, places the individual at the core.

What Congress stands for
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

The Congress offers the nation a far more credible ideology than BJP’s, tried and tested, not just anti-BJPism

Mountain of Light
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

There is only one argument for letting the Kohinoor remain where it doesn’t belong, in the Tower of London: it is a shining example of colonial loot

Not easy to stop lies about Rahul Gandhi, says Shashi Tharoor
Wed, May 18, 2016

The Congress MP was in the city to speak to party workers about effective use of social media to stay ahead of “Twitter-savvy BJP”.

Express Blogs
Intolerance debate: The full speech that Shashi Tharoor was to deliver but could not
Thu, Dec 03, 2015

Our democracy, in the last 70 years, has been built on the idea that a nation may celebrate differences of caste, creed, conviction, colour, culture, cuisine, costume and custom, and still rally around a democratic consensus.

Note to UPA-bashers
Tue, Jul 23, 2013

There are problems and challenges. But we are on course to overcome them

Our diplomatic deficit
Fri, Aug 24, 2012

IFS must be enlarged and renovated. It needs diplomats,not bureaucrats

The UN at 60
Sun, Jun 26, 2005

Sixty years ago today, in the aftermath of the most devastating war in human history, a group of world leaders met in San Francisco to sign ...

History has been made, now overcome it
Sat, Jan 17, 2004

Handshakes are not often termed ‘‘historic’’, but the one between Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakista...

A View of the World — Nation of Holidays
Sun, May 11, 1997

Of all the various ways of measuring the relative under-development of nations, from GNP tables to the Human Development Index, the one tha...