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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

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Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, is an MP for the Indian National Congress. He is the author, most recently, of Ambedkar: A Life (Aleph Book Company, 2022).

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  1. Crime and Punishment in Uttar Pradesh
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    Crime and Punishment in Uttar Pradesh

    May 2, 2023 Shashi Tharoor laments the weakness of a criminal-justice system that leaves Indians celebrating violent vigilantism.

  2. India’s Democracy in Detention
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    India’s Democracy in Detention

    Apr 10, 2023 Shashi Tharoor fears for the country's future after Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi's removal from parliament.

  3. Hypocrisy on Stilts in India
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    Hypocrisy on Stilts in India

    Mar 14, 2023 Shashi Tharoor condemns the ruling BJP's overreaction to opposition leader Rahul Gandhi's remarks on the country's democracy.

  4. India’s Thin-Skinned Leaders
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    India’s Thin-Skinned Leaders

    Feb 20, 2023 Shashi Tharoor argues that the Modi government’s petulant response to foreign criticism conveys weakness, not strength.

  5. Shashi Tharoor on India-Russia relations, the Quad, Ambedkar, and more

    Shashi Tharoor on India-Russia relations, the Quad, Ambedkar, and more

    Jan 24, 2023 Shashi Tharoor assesses prevailing Indian perceptions of the Ukraine War, criticizes India’s continued wariness of security pacts, touts affirmative-action programs that guarantee outcomes, not just access to opportunities, and more.

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    Governing the Unknown

    Kaushik Basu suggests a few principles to guide policymakers as they try to keep up with rapidly advancing technologies.
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    Fast-Tracking a Lassa Fever Vaccine

    Oyeronke Oyebanji outlines what West African governments can learn from the development and distribution of the COVID-19 jab.
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    Climate Science Beats Climate Fatalism

    Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, et al. show that the more ambitious 1.5º target for global warming is still feasible – and more necessary than ever.
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    Turkey’s Pragmatic Islamist

    Shlomo Ben-Ami expects Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest electoral victory to have little impact on Turkish foreign policy.
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    Poland's Electoral Inquisition

    Sławomir Sierakowski decries a new law designed to disqualify opposition candidates from running in this year's general election.
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    Western Industrial Policy and International Law

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    With recent landmark legislation to support decarbonization and innovation, the United States is making up for lost time after its failed 40-year experiment with neoliberalism. But if it is serious about embracing a new paradigm, it will need to do more to help bring the rest of the world along.

    explains how to minimize the political risks of new spending packages in the US and Europe.
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    The IMF’s Turn to Lead on Climate

    Rakesh Mohan, et al. explain how the International Monetary Fund can best support green investment where it is needed the most.
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    If Trump Returns

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    What would a second Donald Trump presidency mean for US foreign policy and the world? While the man himself is unpredictable, his first term and his behavior since losing re-election in 2020 offer plenty of clues, none of which will be comforting to America's allies.

    considers the implications of the 2024 presidential election for America's foreign policy and global standing.
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    A Western Distraction from Climate Action

    Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi warns that calls for the removal of Sultan Al Jaber as COP28 president-designate are a dangerous diversion.

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