Shashi Tharoor

AWAKENING INDIA

Former UN under-secretary-general, member of India's parliament for the Congress party and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs

January 7, 2022
January 7, 2022

India’s Chauvinist Crusade

The restrictive, illiberal trend that has come to characterise India over the last five years has a new data point.

December 10, 2021
December 10, 2021

The global coal hypocrisy

India has somehow emerged as the villain of last month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), blamed for resisting cuts to coal consumption even as toxic air envelops its capital, New Delhi.

November 23, 2021
November 23, 2021

Column by Shashi Tharoor: Modi’s Anti-Muslim Jihad

After India’s recent defeat by Pakistan at the T20 Cricket World Cup tournament, Indian bowler Mohammed Shami faced vicious trolling on social media.

October 8, 2021
October 8, 2021

India’s Taliban Problem

In the weeks since the Taliban’s theocratic terrorists returned to power in Kabul, the people of Afghanistan, particularly its women and girls, have been subjected to unimaginable suffering as the world’s attention turns to other issues. But many other countries, and especially India, have reason to worry.

September 5, 2021
September 5, 2021

The Olympic-size difference between India and China

The Tokyo Olympic Games are over, and the Japanese people and government have heaved a sigh of relief that the spectacle passed without a major Covid-19 outbreak in the athletes’ village or other disasters.

August 7, 2021
August 7, 2021

Among India’s Believers

It is rare for a public-opinion survey to shake established perceptions of a country in the way a recent Pew Research Center study of religion in India has done. The revelations in Pew’s comprehensive survey, based on interviews with 30,000 adults in 17 languages between late 2019 and early 2020, have astonished many.

June 10, 2021
June 10, 2021

Pakistan’s Taliban Monster

The late head of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, Lieutenant General Hamid Gul, was fond of boasting that when Afghanistan’s history came to be written,

April 24, 2021
April 24, 2021

Modi’s war on the press

A flurry of assaults on freedom of the press in recent months has raised troubling questions about the state of India’s democracy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

March 21, 2021
March 21, 2021

India’s Smart Vaccine Diplomacy

As countries scramble to secure Covid-19 vaccines, ugly expressions like “vaccine race” and “vaccine nationalism” have entered the global lexicon.

February 10, 2021
February 10, 2021

After Myanmar’s coup

Until recently, the last time Myanmar’s military supervised a general election whose outcome it didn’t like was back in 1990.