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BioProfession(s)Diplomat, Politician, WriterPoliticsPartyIndian National Congress
Indian National Congress FlagPolitical Journey• Tharoor's Career in the United Nations started in 1978 as a staff member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.
• He was head of the UNHCR office in Singapore from 1981 until 1984.
• In 1989, he was appointed as the special assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, the unit that later became the Peacekeeping Operations wing in New York.
• Tharoor was appointed the director of communications and special projects and executive assistant to the then Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1996.
• He became Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, and as Head of the Department of Public Information (UNDPI) in 2001.
• In 2006, the Government of India nominated Shashi Tharoor for the post of UN Secretary-General. Tharoor finished second, behind Ban Ki-moon.
• On 9 February 2007, Tharoor resigned from the post of UN Under-Secretary-General and left the United Nations on 1 April 2007.
• In the 2009 Indian General Elections, Tharoor was the MP candidate for Congress Party from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Tharoor won the election by a margin of about 100,000.
• In the Govt. of Manmohan Singh, he was sworn in as Minister of State for External Affairs, in charge of Africa, Latin America, and the Gulf on 28 May 2009.
• In May 2014, Tharoor was re-elected from Thiruvananthapuram, defeating O. Rajagopal of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a margin of around 15,000 votes, and got the membership of the 15th Lok Sabha, sitting in Opposition. He was named Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs.
• Shashi Tharoor was removed from the post of Congress spokesperson on 13 October 2014 after he praised his party's opponent, Narendra Modi.
• In the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, he won from ThiruvananthapuramAwards/Nominations• Rajika Kripalani Young Journalist Award for the Best Indian Journalist under 30 in 1976.
• Federation of Indian Publishers' Hindustan Times Literary Award for the Best Book of the Year for The Great Indian Novel in 1990.
• His book The Great Indian Novel carried off the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Best Book of the Year in the Eurasian Region in 1991.
• Excelsior Award for Excellence in the literature by the Association of Indians in America in 1998.
• Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 1998.
Awards won by Tharoor in early 21st Century
• The Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in International Affairs from the University of Puget Sound in 2000.
• Prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honor for non-resident Indians in 2004.
• Doctorate Honoris Causa by the University of Bucharest, Romania in 2008.
• Zakir Hussain Memorial "Pride of India" Award in 2009.
• GQ's Inspiration of the Year Award at its Man of the Year Awards in 2009.
• Sarva Deshiya Prathibha award by the Pazhassiraja Charitable Trust, Kozhikode in 2010.
• "New Age Politician of the Year" Award by NDTV at its Indian of the Year awards in 2010.
• Fifth IILM Distinguished Global Thinker Award in New Delhi in 2010.
• Digital person of the year at the first ever Indian Digital Media Awards (IDMA) for popularizing the digital medium in India in 2010.
• First Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular and Peace Award at Thiruvananthapuram in 2013.
• PETA's "Person of the Year" in 2013.Physical Stats & MoreHeight (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbsEye ColourHazel GreenHair ColourSalt & PepperPersonal LifeDate of Birth9 March 1956Age (as of 2021)65 YearsBirthplaceLondon, EnglandZodiac signPiscesNationalityIndianHometownKerala, IndiaSchool• Montfort School, Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
• Campion School, MumbaiCollege/University• St Xavier's College Calcutta,
• St Stephen's College, Delhi,
• Tufts University, USAEducational Qualification(s)• B.A. in History
• M.A
• M.A.L.D
• Ph.D FamilyFather- Chandran Tharoor
Mother- Lily Tharoor
Chandran Tharoor and Lily Tharoor
Brother- N/A
Sister- Smita Tharoor,
Smita Tharoor
Shobha Tharoor-Srinivasan
Shobha Tharoor SrinivasanReligionHinduismCasteNairAddressG J Condormarigold Bhakthyukasom Road, VazhuthacaudControversies• In September 2009, Shashi Tharoor was at the center of a controversy for staying at a five-star hotel for over three months at a time when the Government was talking about austerity.

• Again in 2009, Tharoor commented on Twitter that he would travel “cattle class” in solidarity with all our “holy cows.” He was alleged to equate the travelling public to cattle.

• Once on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, he said people should work rather than staying at home taking a holiday, thereby paying real homage to Mahatma Gandhi.

• In January 2010, Tharoor disdained Nehru for his vision on Indian foreign policy by the Indian media. The critique angered his party, the Indian National Congress. After the controversy, he held a press conference describing the report as "inaccurate" and "tendentious".

• In February 2010, he accompanied then Indian PM Manmohan Singh to Saudi Arabia where he said "We feel that Saudi Arabia has a long and close relationship with Pakistan, that makes Saudi Arabia, even more, a valuable interlocutor for us. When we tell them about our experience, Saudi Arabia listens as somebody who is not in any way an enemy of Pakistan, but a friend of Pakistan and, therefore, will listen with sympathy and concern to a matter of this nature".

• In 2014, Tharoor backed up Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a social campaign initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Following this, the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee lodged a complaint against him to the Congress high command for his pro-Modi stance. Following this, Tharoor was dropped as the official spokesperson of the party.

• In 2016, while speaking at JNU on nationalism, Tharoor compared Kanhaiya, a student charged with sedition, with Bhagat Singh, an Indian independence fighter. This comparison generated a great controversy, even the party distanced itself from Tharoor's views.

• In May 2017, the Delhi police added Shashi Tharoor's name in the suspicious accuse in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

• On 18 August 2021, a Delhi court discharged him from all charges, including abetment to suicide, in Sunanda Pushkar's death case. Girls, Affairs and MoreMarital StatusWidowerAffairs/GirlfriendsMehr Tarar
Shashi Tharoor and Mehr TaraarWife/Spouse• Tilottama Mukherji
• Christa Giles
Christa Giles
• Sunanda Pushkar
Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda PushkarChildrenSon- Ishaan, Kanishk
Shashi Tharoor with his sons, Kanishk(left) and Ishan(right)
Daughter- N/AMoney FactorSalary (as a Member of Parliament)Rs. 1 Lakh + Other AllowancesNet Worth (approx.)Rs. 35 Crore (as in 2019)
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Updated On : August 29, 2021

Short Biography

Shashi Tharoor was born on 09-03-1956 in London, United Kingdom. He is an Indian Politician, Novelist, Diplomat, Writer, Author, Spokesperson & Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee On Information Technology & the All-India Professionals Congress. He served as an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (Communications and Public Information), Minister of State (External Affairs), Minister of State (Human Resource Development).

Shashi Tharoor Complete Bio & Career

He finished his schooling at Montfort School in a hill station in Tamil Nadu called Yercaud and after Campion School in Mumbai and the famous St. Xavier’s School in Kolkata. He obtained his BA degree from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and MA degree from Tufts University. Thereafter, he also completed his Ph.D.

 

He began his career as a member of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1978 in Geneva. After serving at various posts in the UN, he was nominated as the United Nations Secretary-General in 2006 by the Government of India. He resigned from his post in the UN and returned back to India. 

 

Post his career at the UN, he started his political career in India by contesting in the Lok Sabha elections in 2009. He contested from Thiruvananthapuram constituency from Indian National Congress ticke3d and got elected to Lok Sabha as an MP. He held the post of Minister of State of External Affairs in Manmohan Singh’s cabinet.

 

He was charged for using his power to buy an IPL franchise; he immediately resigned from his post in 2010. He was then made the Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. 

 

He simultaneously penned down several books and is one of the most decorated writers. Some of his famous books include The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories, Reasons of State, Bookies in Baghdad, The Great Indian Novel, and Kerala: God’s own country among several others. 

 

In addition to that, he has also written columns in several prestigious domestic and international News Papers such as Deccan Chronicle, The Hindu, Times of India, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post. 

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Shashi Tharoor Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Chandran Tharoor & Lily Tharoor. He has two sisters named Smita Tharoor & Shobha Tharoor-Srinivasan. In 1984, he married Tilottama Mukherji and with whom he has two sons named Ishaan Tharoor and Kanishk Tharoor. He divorced her and married Christa Giles of Canada in 2007. This marriage was short-lived and after divorcing her, he married for the third time to Sunanda Pushkar in 2010. They were married until Sunanda’s death in 2014.  

Body Measurements

Chest Size42
Biceps Size15
Waist Size34
Skin ColourFair
Eye ColourHazel Green
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home TownLondon, England, U.K.
NationalityIndian
ReligionHindu
AddressKerala, India
SchoolMontfort School, Yercaud
Campion School, Mumbai
St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Kolkata
CollegeSt Stephen's College, New Delhi
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) Medford
QualificationPh.D.
HobbiesTravelling, Reading, Writing, Listening Music
Marital StatusWidower
Debut1978 - Became the staff member of UNHCR in Geneva
1989 - Special Assistant to Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs in New York
1996 - Executive Assistant to Secretary-General Kofi Annan
2001 - Interim Head of the Department of Public Information
2006 - UN Secretary-General in India
2009 - Minister of State for External Affairs
2012 - Minister of State for Human Resource Development
SalaryINR 1 Lac + Allowances
Net Worth$4.8 Million
Official Websitehttp://www.shashitharoor.in

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65 years, 7 months, 8 days old age Shashi Tharoor will turn 66 on 09 March, 2022. Only 4 months, 19 days, 20 hours, 31 minutes has left for his next birthday.

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Shashi Tharoor’s son complains about ‘boomer dad’, MP replies defending himself

Shashi Tharoor’s son Ishaan Tharoor is facing a situation which many will find relatable. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, WHO has warned that older adults are at a higher risk. Now, in a strange role reversal of sorts, several youngsters are struggling to convince the elderly members of their families to stay home and practice social distancing. Ishaan Tharoor is among them.

Describing his father as a “lackadaisical boomer”, Ishaan complained on Twitter that Tharoor insists on “going to Parliament with hordes of other people pressed together in close quarters even as Indian government enacts significant measures to begin imposing social distancing.”

He continued in another tweet that this is not only dangerous for Tharoor but for the entire family – especially his elderly grandmother.

Shashi Tharoor, known for expressing himself quite eloquently, had his answer ready.

Referencing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on measures to control the spread of coronavirus on March 19, Tharoor pointed out that public representatives are exempted from social distancing. Then, quite aptly, the MP pointed out, “it is their responsibility to serve the public, just like doctors, food delivery personnel and media.”

Not one to give up easily, Ishaan replied to Tharoor’s tweet with “there are other ways to serve the public than sitting on a bench in parliament.”

The battle lines are drawn in this father-son Twitter feud and tweeple are happily picking sides.

“Bold move publicly calling out your Indian parent,” joked a Twitter user. “You echo the sentiments of so many of us. Our parents are behaving as if nothing will happen. I hope Mr Tharoor and other seniors heed the advice!” voiced another.

“Leaders need to lead from front, they are also essential services just like doctors and police and army etc, but everyone’s prayers are with all those people and their families including yours and mine who cannot sit at home,” said a third supporting Shashi Tharoor’s decision. “If he was ‘lackadaisical’ he wouldn’t be making the effort to go to parliament,” wrote a fourth.

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Tharoor couldn’t hurt a fly: Pushkar son to police

The submissions were made before Special Judge Geetanjali Goel, who was hearing the argument on framing of charges. On August 31, 2019, Delhi Police asked a Delhi court to prosecute Tharoor for abetment to suicide or “alternatively” frame murder charges against him in connection with Pushkar’s death.

Pahwa told the court that “there are ten witnesses whose statements are recorded, who are close friends, relatives or domestic helps and none of them who closely know the family say even a word against the applicant (Tharoor), to show any allegation of cruelty or harassment.” Pahwa submitted that Pushkar was suffering from Lupus, on the basis of statements of nine witnesses. Pahwa also stated that she was mulling over making her will before her death, which she also discussed with a lawyer.

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He then read Pushkar’s son Shiv Menon’s statement to the police about how she discussed her marriage and how she was “having a good time… in the first year of her marriage” but after one and a half years, “she just started getting angry over small things”.

“I also discussed with Shashi that my mother loves him very much and expects the same from him. I also advised him to pacify her when she gets agitated. I also talked to my mom and advised her not to get angry with Shashi because he was not able to give much time to her. Many times I asked her to come to Dubai as I wanted to look after her,” Pahwa said, quoting Menon’s statement.

Pahwa then read out a list of medications that Pushkar had taken in the past, quoting from her son’s statement. On Pushkar telling him about the medication she took for her sleeping problems, Menon told police: “I informed her that it is an antidepressant and not a sleeping pill… she has been taking it for many years… While she leaving for India she hugged me… she told me that I have a bad feeling that I am not going to see you again. She always used to speak that she is ill and will die at a very short time. … my mother was very emotional. Every time when she came to India she was found in an aggressive mood. She used to become angry over small things and short tempered. I tried to pacify her, Shashi is a busy man and loves her very much… there was a lack of communication between them (sic).”

Quoting Menon’s statement, Pahwa further said: “In the mortuary I asked about the cause of death to the doctor who conducted the postmortem. He told me that there is no poisoning… there is no foul play. It may have been due to sleeplessness, hunger, excessive smoking and stress. But just after 15-20 minutes the same doctor… went into the media and reported the cause of death is due to poisoning or unnatural causes. In my strong belief Shashi cannot even harm a fly. He could not even think of harming her…Unfortunately at the end of her life, she was a bit unstable due to her mental state but I would just like to conclude that Shashi could not have murdered her….”

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Interesting Facts

Tharoor is a Columnist and Writer, for Indian and International Publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Guardian etc. He also served as Contributing Editor and Occasional columnist to Newsweek International. In 2006, the government of India nominated Tharoor for the post of UN Secretary-General. Tharoor finished second, behind Ban Ki-moon of South Korea.

Political Timeline

  • 2014

    He was re-elected from Thiruvananthapuram, defeating O. Rajagopal of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a margin of around 15,700 votes.

  • 2012

    Tharoor was reinducted into the cabinet as Union Minister of State, Human Resource Development.

  • 2010

    He was sworn in as a Member, Committee on External Affairs.

  • 2009

    Tharoor was elected to 15th Lok Sabha from Thiruvantapuram in Kerala where he defeated P. Ramachandran Nair of the Communist Party of India by a margin of 1,00000 votes.

  • 2009

    He was appointed Union Minister of State, External Affairs in the Manmohan Singh Administration.

Early Life

  • 1989

    He was appointed a special assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, the unit that later became the Peacekeeping Operations Department in New York.

  • 1978

    He was a staff member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.

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Shashi Tharoor

Indian politician, diplomat, author

Shashi Tharoor (IPA: [ʃɐʃi t̪ɐɾuːr]; born 9 March 1956)[1][2] is an Indian politician, writer and former international diplomat[3] who has been serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, since 2009. He was formerly Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and contested for the post of Secretary-General in 2006.

He also serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology[4] and All India Professionals Congress.[5] He formerly served as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs (2014 to 2019). In 2019, Shashi Tharoor received the Sahitya Academy Award for his book An Era of Darkness in a non-fiction category in English language.[6][7]

Born in London, UK, and raised in India, Tharoor graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 1975 and culminated his studies in 1978 with a doctorate in International Relations and Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. At the age of 22, he was the youngest person at the time to receive such an honour from the Fletcher School. From 1978 to 2007, Tharoor was a career official at the United Nations, rising to the rank of Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information in 2001. He announced his retirement after finishing second in the 2006 selection for U.N. Secretary-General to Ban Ki-moon.[8] In 2009, Tharoor began his political career by joining the Indian National Congress and successfully represented the party from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala by winning in the Lok Sabha elections and becoming a member of parliament. During the Congress-led UPA Government rule (2004–2014), Tharoor served as Minister of State for External Affairs[9] (2009–2010) and Minister of Human Resource Development (2012–2014).[9]

Tharoor is an acclaimed writer, having authored 19 bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction since 1981, which are centred on India and its history, culture, film, politics, society, foreign policy, and more related themes.[10][11] He is also the author of hundreds of columns and articles in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek, and The Times of India. He was a contributing editor for Newsweek International for two years. From 2010 to 2012, he wrote a column in The Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle and, for most of 2012, until his appointment as Minister, a column in Mail Today; he also writes an internationally syndicated monthly column for Project Syndicate. He also wrote regular columns for The Indian Express (1991–93 and 1996–2001), The Hindu (2001–2008), and The Times of India (2007–2009).

Early life and education[edit]

Shashi Tharoor was born on 9 March 1956 in London, United Kingdom to Chandran Tharoor and Sulekha Menon, a Malayali couple hailing from Palakkad, Kerala.[12] Tharoor has two younger sisters, Shobha and Smitha.[13] His father, originally from Kerala, worked in various positions in London, Bombay, Calcutta and Delhi, including a 25-year career (culminating as group advertising manager) for The Statesman. His paternal uncle was Tharoor Parameshwaran, the founder of Reader's Digest in India. Tharoor's parents returned to India when he was 2 years old, where he joined the Montfort School, Yercaud, in 1962, subsequently moving to Bombay (now Mumbai) and studying at the Campion School (1963–68).[14] He spent his high school years at St. Xavier's Collegiate School in Kolkata (1969–71). Shashi's paternal grandfather was Chippukutty Nair. [15]

In 1975, Tharoor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from St Stephen's College, University of Delhi, where he had been president of the student union and also founded the St. Stephen's Quiz Club.[16] Within the same year, Tharoor went to the United States to obtain an MA in International Relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Medford. After obtaining his M.A. in 1976, Tharoor further obtained his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy in 1977 and his PhD in International Relations and Affairs in 1978.[17] While he was pursuing his doctorate, Tharoor was awarded the Robert B. Stewart Prize for best student and was also the first editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs.[16] At the age of 22, he was the youngest person to receive a doctorate in the history of the Fletcher School.[18]

Diplomatic career[edit]

Beginning[edit]

Tharoor's career in the United Nations began in 1978 as a staff member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. From 1981 until 1984 he was head of the UNHCR office in Singapore, during the boat people crisis, leading the organisation's rescue efforts at sea and succeeding in resettling a backlog of Vietnamese refugees. He also processed Polish and Acehnese refugee cases.[19] After a further stint at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, during which he became the first chairman of the staff elected by UNHCR personnel worldwide, Tharoor left UNHCR. In 1989 he was appointed special assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, the unit that later became the Peacekeeping Operations Department in New York. Until 1996, he led the team responsible for peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia, spending considerable time on the ground during the civil war there.[20][21]

Assistant Secretary and Under Secretary-General at the UN[edit]

In 1996, Tharoor was appointed Director of Communications and Special Projects and Executive Assistant to Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In January 2001, Tharoor was appointed as Interim Head[3] of the Department of Public Information (DPI) at the Assistant-Secretary-General level.[3] He was subsequently confirmed as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information (UNDPI) with effect from 1 June 2002.[3] In this capacity, he was responsible for the United Nations' communications strategy, enhancing the image and effectiveness of the organisation. In 2003 the Secretary-General gave him the additional responsibility of United Nations Coordinator for Multilingualism. During his tenure at the UNDPI, Tharoor reformed the department and undertook a number of initiatives, ranging from organizing and conducting the first-ever UN seminar on Antisemitism, the first-ever UN seminar on Islamophobia after the 11 September attacks, and launching an annual list of "Ten Under-Reported Stories the World Ought to Know about", which was last produced in 2008 by his successor.

On 9 February 2007, Tharoor resigned from the post of Under-Secretary-General and left the UN on 1 April 2007.[22][23][24]

Campaign for UN Secretary-General: 2006[edit]

See also: 2006 United Nations Secretary-General selection

In 2006, the government of India nominated Tharoor for the post of UN Secretary-General.[25] Had he won, the 50-year-old Shashi Tharoor would have become the second-youngest Secretary-General, after the 46-year-old Dag Hammarskjöld.[26] Although all previous Secretaries-General had come from small countries, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan felt that Tharoor's candidacy would demonstrate India's willingness to play a larger role at the United Nations.[27]

Tharoor finished second, behind Ban Ki-moon of South Korea, in each of the four straw polls conducted by the UN Security Council.[28] In the final round, Ban emerged as the only candidate not to be vetoed by one of the permanent members, while Tharoor received one veto from the United States. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton later revealed his instructions from Condoleezza Rice: "We don't want a strong Secretary-General." Tharoor was a protégé of the independently minded Kofi Annan,[29] and a senior American official told Tharoor that the US was determined to have "No more Kofis."[27] After the vote, Tharoor withdrew his candidacy and declined Ban Ki-moon's invitation to remain in service beyond the expiry of his term as Under-Secretary-General.

Post-UN career[edit]

In February 2007, amidst speculation about his post-UN future, the Indian press reported that Tharoor might be inducted into Council of Ministers of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Minister of State for External Affairs. In the same month, an American gossip blog reported that Tharoor was a finalist for the position of dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles, but he withdrew his name from consideration at the final stage.[30] Instead, Tharoor became chairman of Dubai-based Afras Ventures,[31] which established the Afras Academy for Business Communication (AABC) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, the city in which he would go on to win a record three parliamentary elections. He also spoke around the world about India and Kerala, where he spent increasing amounts of time before moving for good to India in October 2008.

Prior to embarking on his political career, Tharoor also served on the board of overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute, and the advisory boards of the Indo-American Arts Council, the American India Foundation, the World Policy Journal, the Virtue Foundation, and the human rights organisation Breakthrough.[32] At the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1976, he founded and was the first chair of the editorial board of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, a journal examining issues in international relations.[33] Tharoor was an international adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva from 2008 to 2011. He served on the advisory council of the Hague Institute for International Justice[34] and was elected Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities during 1995–96.[35] He also supported various educational causes, including as Patron of GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai.[36]

Political career in India[edit]

Tharoor once said that when he began his political career he was approached by the Congress, the Communists, and the BJP. He chose Congress because he felt ideologically comfortable with it.[37] In March 2009 Tharoor contested the Indian General Elections as a candidate for the Congress Party in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. His opponents included P. Ramachandran Nair of the Communist Party of India (CPI), Neelalohitadasan Nadar of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), MP Gangadharan of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and PK Krishna Das of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Despite criticism that he was an "elite outsider",[38] Tharoor won the elections by a margin of 99,989. He was then selected as a Minister of State in the Council of Ministers of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. On 28 May 2009, he was sworn in as Minister of State for External Affairs, in charge of Africa, Latin America, and the Gulf, including the Haj pilgrimage, and the Consular, Passports, and Visas services of the Ministry. As Minister of State for External Affairs, he re-established long-dormant diplomatic relationships with African nations, where his fluency in French made him popular with Francophone countries and their heads of state.

Tharoor was a pioneer in using social media as an instrument of political interaction. He was India's most-followed politician on Twitter until 2013, when he was overtaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Some of his Twitter posts have proved controversial in the past and were highlighted negatively by the opposition and press.

He was also the first Indian minister to visit Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. He reformed the arrangements relating to the conduct of the Haj pilgrimage. He initiated new policy-planning activities on the Indian Ocean and represented India at various global events during his 11-month tenure as minister. In April 2010, he resigned from the position, following allegations that he had misused his office to get shares in the IPL cricket franchise. Tharoor denied the charges and, during his resignation speech in Parliament, called for a full inquiry. In a 2014 rejoinder he defended his position: "I was never involved in a scam of any sort in the IPL- I was brought down because...[I had] antagonised some powerful political cricketing interests" and added that he had "cooperated extensively with the detailed investigation conducted by the Enforcement Directorate into the entire issue", and no wrongdoing had been found.[citation needed]

Between 2010 and 2012 Tharoor remained active in Parliament and was member-convenor of the Parliamentary Forum on Disaster Management, a member of the Standing Committee on External Affairs, of the Consultative Committee of Defence, the Public Accounts Committee, and the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Telecoms. He participated in several important debates of the 15th Lok Sabha, including on the Lokpal Bill, the demand for grants of the Ministry of External Affairs and of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the black money debate, and so on. In the special debate on the 60th anniversary of the Indian Parliament, Tharoor was one of four members of the Congress Party, including party President Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee, to be invited to address the Lok Sabha.

In 2012 Tharoor was re-inducted into the Union Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the portfolio of minister of state for HRD. In this role he took special interest in the problems and challenges of adult education, distance education and enhancing high-quality research by academic institutions. He was responsible for the ministry's written answers to Parliament's questions and responded to oral questions on education during the Lok Sabha's Question Hour. He addressed forums and conferences on education, explained a vision of India's educational challenges in the context of the country's demographic opportunities, and stressed that education was not only a socioeconomic issue, but also a national security issue.

As Member of Parliament for Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor became the first elected representative in India to issue annual reports on his work as MP, including furnishing accounts of his MPLADS expenditure. In 2012 he published a half-term report followed in 2014 by a full-term report.

In May 2014 Tharoor won his re-election from Thiruvananthapuram, defeating O. Rajagopal of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a margin of around 15,700 votes, and became a member of the 16th Lok Sabha, sitting in Opposition. He was named Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. Shashi Tharoor was dropped from the post of Congress spokesperson on 13 October 2014 after he praised statements of his party's opponent, Prime Minister Modi.[39]

In regards to Tharoor's removal from the post of congress spokesperson, Kolkata's The Telegraph opined, "For an Opposition MP to have and to exercise the freedom to appreciate a good thing done by the government and for a ruling party MP to speak and vote against the party line is not just legitimate parliamentary practice, it is the very essence of parliamentary democracy. Shashi Tharoor, from the ranks of the Congress has tried to do that; there is not one BJP MP who has matched him. Blind conformism is not loyalty, nor independent thinking, dissent."[40]

After the BJP victory of 2014, Tharoor was asked to help the treasury benches draft a statement condemning Pakistan for freeing Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the Lashkar-e-Toiba commander, who masterminded the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. In January 2015, Tharoor asked not to debunk genuine accomplishments of Ancient Indian Science due to exaggerations of the Hindutva brigade,[41][42][43] amid 2015 Indian Science Congress ancient aircraft controversy.[44][45]

In March 2017, Tharoor called for the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata to be converted into a museum on the effects of British colonial rule in India. Tharoor wrote in an Al Jazeera article that the British "conquered one of the richest countries in the world (27 per cent of global gross domestic product in 1700) and reduced it to, after over two centuries of looting and exploitation, one of the poorest, most diseased and most illiterate countries on Earth by the time they left in 1947. ...Nor is there any memorial to the massacres of the Raj, from Delhi in 1857 to Amritsar in 1919, the deaths of 35 million Indians in totally unnecessary famines caused by British [policies]".[46]

Although there was significant support for Tharoor to contest as the Prime Minister candidate in 2019 General Elections, he has disowned, downplayed, and distanced himself from any such online campaigns run by his large number of followers.[47][48]

Tharoor has also attempted to introduce a number of Private Members Bills in the Parliament. Notably, his efforts to amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code were voted out by the majority of parliamentarians on two occasions. Interestingly, the Apex court of Indialater ruled in favor of amending the controversial article in 2018, vindicating the views upheld by Tharoor, thereby.[49][50]

Speeches[edit]

See also: Shashi Tharoor's Oxford Union speech

Tharoor is notable for his eloquence while speaking, as demonstrated by the popularity of his speeches on online platforms[51] such as YouTube. For instance, Shashi Tharoor's Oxford Union speech, delivered at the Oxford Union in 2015, has amassed over 8.1 million views on one site alone, while simultaneously being praised as ground-breaking in various educational institutions in India. Further speeches such as those explaining the importance of "soft power" and analyzing the impacts of education in India have garnered over one million and two million views respectively.[52][53]

Additionally, Tharoor is known for his views on a number of topics including economics, history, governance, and geopolitics due to both his well-regarded educational attainment and his broad experience while at the United Nations. He is an outspoken supporter of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an organisation which campaigns for democratic reformation of the United Nations, arguing that "United Nations needs to open its doors to elected representatives"[54] Many note that it is his combination of wit, charm, wry humour, and intelligence that make him accessible and held in high esteem, both in India and abroad.[55]

Tharoor did a one-off stand up act in Amazon Prime Video series One Mic Stand.[56]

Literary career[edit]

Tharoor has been a columnist in each of India's three best-known English-language newspapers,[57] most recently for The Hindu (2001–2008) and in a weekly column, "Shashi on Sunday," in the Times of India (January 2007 – December 2008). Following his resignation as Minister of State for External Affairs, he began a fortnightly column on foreign policy issues in the Deccan Chronicle. Previously he was a columnist for the Gentleman magazine and the Indian Express newspaper, as well as a frequent contributor to Newsweek International and the International Herald Tribune. His op-eds and book reviews have appeared in the Washington Post,[58] the New York Times[59] and the Los Angeles Times,[60] amongst other papers.[citation needed] His monthly column, "India Reawakening", distributed by Project Syndicate, appears in 80 newspapers around the world.[61] Tharoor has written nineteen books in English.[62]

Tharoor began writing at the age of 6,[63] and his first published story appeared in the Sunday edition of The Free Press Journal, in Mumbai at age 10.[64] His World War IIadventure novelOperation Bellows, inspired by the Biggles books, was serialised in the Junior Statesman starting a week before his 11th birthday.[citation needed] Each of his books has been a bestseller in India.[citation needed]The Great Indian Novel had had 43 reprints as of October 2014, and a Silver Jubilee special edition was issued on the book's 25th anniversary in October 2014, by Viking Penguin India.The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone has also undergone several hardback re-prints.[65][66] President Bill Clinton cited Shashi Tharoor's book India From Midnight to the Millennium in his speech to the Indian parliament in 2000.[67]

Tharoor has lectured widely on India,[68] and is often quoted for his observations,[citation needed] including, "India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay."[69] He also coined a comparison of India's "thali" to the American "melting pot": "If America is a melting pot, then to me India is a thali – a selection of sumptuous dishes in different bowls. Each tastes different, and does not necessarily mix with the next, but they belong together on the same plate, and they complement each other in making the meal a satisfying repast".[70]

Shashi Tharoor's non-fiction work An Era of Darkness, published later in the United Kingdom as Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India, arose out of a speech[71] he made at the Oxford Union, was published in 2016. It has sold over 100,000 copies in hardback reprints and continues to be a bestseller in the country. The British edition rose to Number 1 in the London Evening Standard bestseller lists. Since then, he has published two other non-fiction books: Why I Am A Hindu (2018) and The Paradoxical Prime Minister (2018), both of which have been published in the Indian subcontinent by the Aleph Book Company.[72][73] The two books, both mega-bestsellers in India, raised very important questions. Why I Am a Hindu makes the point that it is precisely because Hindus form the majority that India has survived as a plural, secular democracy, a status that come under threat in the present world. The Paradoxical Prime Minister was a critical study of the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the effect he has had on India, along with other questions about a leader who is reviled and worshipped in equal measure.

Victor Mallet in the Financial Times said Tharoor "wants us to understand the origins of the difficulties that confronted India" after Indian independence.[74] An article by the New Statesman said it was especially important for readers in Britain in the light of post-Brexit discussions.[75] Tharoor has called for the British government to pay "colonial reparations" to India.[76]

In September 2019, he published a new book, The Hindu Way: An Introduction, in line with his research into Hindu culture and ways of life of late.[77] His latest book, The New Word Disorder And the Indian Imperative, co-authored with Samir Saran, President of Observer Research Foundation (ORF), one of Asia's most influential think tanks, is a crucial study on the current state of chaos in international politics and identifies India's imminent role, as a non-hegemonic global power, in scripting an equitable ethic for a new international order.[78]

Personal life[edit]

Tharoor's first wife was Tilottama Mukherji, a half-Bengali and half-Kashmiri academic,[79] and the granddaughter of politician Kailash Nath Katju.[80] Tharoor and Tilottama had been college sweethearts[81] and were married in 1981. After their marriage, Tilottama took her husband's last name and began teaching English at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic university and also worked as a freelance writer.[82] Their twin sons,[83] Kanishk and Ishaan, were born prematurely in 1984 at the KK Hospital in Singapore.[84][85] Ishaan is a former senior editor at Time magazine, and now writes on foreign affairs for The Washington Post.[86] Kanishk is a former editor at Open Democracy and is the author of the highly praised short story collection Swimmer Among The Stars.[87][88] Tilottama is currently a professor of humanities at New York University.[89]

Following his split with Tilottama, Tharoor married Christa Giles, a Canadian diplomat working at the United Nations in 2007.[90] After their subsequent divorce soon after his return to India, Tharoor married businesswoman Sunanda Pushkar in his ancestral home in Elavanchery village in Kerala's Palakkad district on 22 August 2010. On 17 January 2014, Pushkar (aged 51) died at The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, under mysterious circumstances.[91] In May 2018, Tharoor was charged with abetting the suicide of his wife and marital cruelty under sections 306 and 498A of the Indian Penal Code. [92][93] On 18 August 2021, a court in Delhi discharged Tharoor from all the charges.[94]

Tharoor is a vegetarian and he "abhors the idea of consuming the corpses of animals," although he claimed that he does not have a problem with those who do. He has stated that he is "very proud of being a Hindu" and that he's a "worshipping" and "believing Hindu". Tharoor also claims to have read a "fair amount" of the Upanishads.[95]

In April 2019, Tharoor had an accident when praying during a Thulabharam ritual at a temple in Thiruvananthapuram . After being discharged, he sought a probe by the government into the incident.[96]

His mother-tongue is Malayalam.[97] Beside, he is fluent in French, English, and Hindi.[98]

Service and philanthropy[edit]

Shashi Tharoor was one of the first nine celebrities nominated in 2014 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spread awareness regarding cleanliness, hygiene and good sanitation and make Swachh Bharat Mission a people's movement.[99] He responded by cleaning the Vizhinjam port on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram.[100][101]

Advisor[edit]

Currently, he is also on the Board of Advisors of India's International Movement to Unite Nations (I.I.M.U.N.).[102]

Honours and awards[edit]

  • 1976 – Rajika Kripalani Young Journalist Award for the Best Indian Journalist under 30.[103]
  • 1990 – Federation of Indian Publishers' Hindustan Times Literary Award for the Best Book of the Year for The Great Indian Novel.[104]
  • 1991 – Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Best Book of the Year in the Eurasian Region, for The Great Indian Novel[103]
  • 1998 – Excelsior Award for excellence in literature, Association of Indians in America (AIA)[citation needed] and the Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP).[103]
  • 1998 – Global Leader of Tomorrow, World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland[105]
  • 2004 – Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honour for non-resident Indians (accepted 2007[106])
  • 2009 – Zakir Hussain Memorial "Pride of India" Award.[107]
  • 2009 – Inspiration of the Year Award at GQ's Man of the Year Awards.[108]
  • 2009 – Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration, Maharana of Udaipur.[109]
  • 2010 – Sarva Deshiya Prathibha Award, Pazhassiraja Charitable Trust, Kozhikode.[110]
  • 2010 – "New Age Politician of the Year" Award, at NDTV's Indian of the Year awards.[111]
  • 2010 – Fifth IILM Distinguished Global Thinker Award, New Delhi.[112]
  • 2010 – Digital person of the year, Indian Digital Media Awards (IDMA), for popularising the digital medium in India.[113]
  • 2012 –  Spain : Order of Charles III - Sash of Collar.svg Commander of the Order of Charles III by King of Spain
  • 2013 – First Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular and Peace Award at Thiruvananthapuram.
  • 2013 – PETA's "Person of the Year".[114]
  • 2019 – Sahitya Akademi Award for his book, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India.[115]

Honorary degrees[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Fiction[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

Illustrated books[edit]

See also[edit]

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