Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate

Shashi Tharoor

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New Delhi, DL, India

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Past articles by Shashi:

India’s Long Infatuation with Russia Must End

Shashi Tharoor argues that an increasingly China-dependent Kremlin has become a highly unreliable partner. → Read More

The Price of Modi's Economic Incompetence

Shashi Tharoor warns that the Indian government’s inept policies could have potentially explosive consequences. → Read More

The Menon Métier

I ONLY MET the legendary VK Krishna Menon once, and in hardly the most propitious of circumstances. My father, then only 38, had been hospitalised with a heart attack in 1968 and I was in his room, an anxious child not yet 12, when his old friend came calling. Krishna Menon was out of office … Continue reading "The Menon Métier" → Read More

The north-south divide driven by Hindi-Hindutva-Hindustan is a challenge to federalism

MP Shashi Tharoor writes, The combination of ineptitude and bigotry has laid the country low; if the Modi government compounds its economic fecklessness with political recklessness, it could plunge India into turmoil. → Read More

India Looks West by Shashi Tharoor

A hostile China and the looming US withdrawal from Afghanistan have forced India to rethink its regional strategy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has thus sought to improve relations with Pakistan and engage with the Taliban – and for now, at least, it appears to be making the right moves. → Read More

The Complete Covid Chargesheet

Shashi Tharoor reads it out, point by point. The long list of missteps, gross errors of judgement, and active sins of commission—from the first lockdown to the present catastrophe. → Read More

Modi’s War on the Press by Shashi Tharoor

Freedom of the press is the mortar that binds together a free society. If Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to de-institutionalize what used to be a dynamic and independent Fourth Estate persists, public confidence in the media will steadily decline, along with confidence in Indian democracy. → Read More

Whose India? by Shashi Tharoor

The narrow-minded, sectarian India that has emerged over the past six years will never appeal to the country's many alienated young people. Only an India that ensures full rights and dignity for all – the promise of liberal democracy – can do that. → Read More

China’s “Peaceful Rise” Vanishes in Thin Air by Shashi Tharoor

With the world's attention focused on the pandemic, Chinese troops have been establishing fixed positions in areas that even it considers to be on the Indian side of the disputed Line of Actual Control. The message is clear: China is now the region's preponderant power, and everyone else should fall in line. → Read More

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor Admits He Is 'A Cricket Tragic'

During an Instagram live session with Sunil Chhetri, Shashi Tharoor went on to the extent of calling himself a 'cricket tragic' and revealed that his love for the game started at a very young age → Read More

Congress MP Sashi Tharoor Admits He Is 'A Cricket Tragic'

During an Instagram live session with Sunil Chhetri, Shashi Tharoor went on to the extent of calling himself a 'cricket tragic' and revealed that his love for the game started at a very young age → Read More

New Hope for Indian Unity by Shashi Tharoor

At a time when India’s social fabric has been placed under unprecedented stress, Indians greeted the Supreme Court’s ruling on a long-running inter-religious dispute with almost universal relief. The Court’s verdict thus should be viewed as the start of a process of national healing. → Read More

India’s Modi Slowdown by Shashi Tharoor

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi was overwhelmingly re-elected in May with an even larger majority for his party, many economists expected him to take bold steps to remove the many bottlenecks that have discouraged investors. But no one should believe the Modi government has the ability or the will to fix what it broke. → Read More

Narendra Modi’s New-Model India by Shashi Tharoor

By asserting direct government control over Kashmir, India's prime minister is remaking the country in the image of his chauvinist party. The new India is a far cry from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, who preached non-violence, religious co-existence, and the acceptance of difference. → Read More

A Test Match with the Taliban by Shashi Tharoor

Under the tutelage of Pakistan’s military, the Taliban brought peace to Afghanistan the last time it ruled the country. But it was the peace of the graveyard, which it could establish once again – this time with the support of the United States. → Read More

India’s Cult of Modi by Shashi Tharoor

The recent Indian election will be a case study in how to upend the conventional assumption of electoral politics that an incumbent is judged on his record of performance against his own promises. Prime Minister Narendra Modi fulfilled none of his, so why did voters reward him with a landslide victory? → Read More

India’s New Social Media Politics by Shashi Tharoor

As India's general election continues, there has been little progress in stopping “fake news,” arresting its perpetrators, or limiting its spread. That's because the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is responsible for disseminating much of it. → Read More

A Battle for India’s Soul by Shashi Tharoor

Every Indian general election beats its predecessor’s record to become the largest in world history. This time, Indian voters must decide whether they want an inclusive country that embodies hope, or a divided one that promotes fear. → Read More

India’s China Problem in Pakistan by Shashi Tharoor

The deadly terrorist attack in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir last month has triggered renewed questions about China’s continued protection of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Will China continue to block international sanctions against JeM's leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, who has claimed credit for the attack? → Read More

The Rest of Us Always Knew Churchill Was a Villain

His record in Britain’s former colonies more closely resembles that of a war criminal than a defender of democracy and freedom. → Read More