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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor is a former UN undersecretary-general and former Indian minister of state for external affairs.

Twitter: @ShashiTharoor

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All is not well for India’s fisherfolk

Last month, a devastating cyclone swept the southern tip of India, causing immense damage to parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Lakshadweep.

January 09, 2018

The two backlashes against globalization

When I left India for graduate school in the US in 1975, the word “globalization” was not in use anywhere in the world. Back then, crossing borders was still a big deal, and getting a US visa was no easy feat.

October 13, 2017

The harsh truth about India’s charlatans

When two Indian states and the national capital were held to ransom last month by rioting mobs protesting against their spiritual leader’s conviction on two charges of rape, many Indians found themselves confronting several painful truths about their country.

September 11, 2017

The last bastion of a profitable press

Around the world, newspapers seem to be facing imminent extinction, as a mass exodus to the Internet causes their circulation to slump and their advertising revenue to collapse. But not in India.

May 22, 2017

When tweets trump diplomacy

Diplomacy often witnesses unusual spats. There was the Pig and Potato War of 1859, the Affair of the Dancing Lamas in 1924, and the Bogotá Bracelet incident of 1970, to name just a few. But few were more surprising than the just-concluded Episode of the Offensive Doormats.

February 10, 2017

India’s demonetization disaster

On Nov. 8, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that, at the stroke of midnight, some 14 trillion rupees worth of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes — 86 percent of all the currency in circulation — would no longer be legal tender. With that, India’s economy was plunged into chaos.

December 13, 2016

India’s prohibition hypocrisy

Last month, 18 people in the Gopalganj district of India’s Bihar state died after consuming illicit alcohol, highlighting, once again, the peculiar relationship between morality and tragedy in India.

September 16, 2016