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Shashi Tharoor


Shashi Tharoor was born in London in 1956 but educated in India and the United States. Since 1978 he has worked at the United Nations. He worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees at the time of the boat people crisis. Since 1989 he has worked in New York, including involvement in the Kosovo crisis and as an executive assistant to Secretary General Kofi Annan and then as Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. In 2006, he was nominated by the Government of India for the post of Secretary-General of the United Nations but lost out to Ban Ki-moon. He then became a member of parliament and minister in India but resigned as minister after allegations of corruption.

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Resignation as minister in India

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1982 Reasons of State : Political Development and India’s Foreign Policy under Indira Gandhi, 1966-1977
1989 The Great Indian Novel (novel)
1990 The Five-Dollar Smile and Other Stories
1992 Show Business (novel)
1997 India: from Midnight to the Millennium
2001 Riot (novel)
2002 Kerala: God’s Own Country
2003 Nehru: The Invention of India
2005 Bookless in Baghdad
2007 The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India in the 21st Century
2008 India
2009 Shadows Across the Playing Field: Sixty Years of India-Pakistan Cricket (with Shaharyar Khan)
2012 Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century
2013 India: the Future is Now, Wisdom Tree
2015 India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in our Time
2016 India: An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India; Elsewhere: Inglorious Empire : What the British Did to India
2018 Why I Am A Hindu
2018 The Paradoxical Prime Minister
2020 The New World Disorder and the Indian Imperative (with Samir Saran)
2020 The Battle of Belonging