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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Writing for PS since 2002
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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 was re-elected to the Lok Sabha for a fourth successive term, representing Thiruvananthapuram. He is the author, most recently, of Ambedkar: A Life (Aleph Book Company, 2022).

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  1. The Show Trial of Arundhati Roy
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    The Show Trial of Arundhati Roy

    Jul 9, 2024 Shashi Tharoor thinks prosecuting the world-renowned author over remarks made in 2010 will backfire on India's government.

  2. The Indian Election’s Winners and Losers
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    The Indian Election’s Winners and Losers

    Jun 7, 2024 Shashi Tharoor observes that the ruling party’s victory looks more like a defeat, especially for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  3. Might Modi Lose?
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    Might Modi Lose?

    May 3, 2024 Shashi Tharoor predicts that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will perform worse than expected in India’s general election.

  4. Does Pakistan Still Matter to India?
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    Does Pakistan Still Matter to India?

    Apr 9, 2024 Shashi Tharoor explains why India’s upcoming election is unlikely to change its policy of benign neglect toward its neighbor.

  5. Indian Democracy’s Moment of Truth
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    Indian Democracy’s Moment of Truth

    Mar 13, 2024 Shashi Tharoor warns that the ruling BJP will do everything it can to curtail dissent ahead of this year's general election.

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    The King of the Americans

    Steve Pincus observes that the US Supreme Court has given the president powers denied to English monarchs since James II.
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    Will Trump Benefit from the Attempt on His Life?

    Shang-Jin Wei

    Taiwan’s experience suggests that the attempted assassination of former US President Donald Trump may provide him with enough sympathy votes to return to the White House. Barring a dramatic shift, such as President Joe Biden being replaced by a more dynamic nominee, the prospects for a Democratic victory appear dim.

    draws parallels between the attack on Trump and the incident that swayed the 2004 Taiwanese election.
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    Fighting Climate Change Requires a Different Mindset

    Sonia Guajajara thinks the rest of the world can learn a lot from how indigenous peoples relate to nature.
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    The Supreme Court Just Sabotaged the US Economy

    Kenneth Jacobs considers the implications of a decision that will hobble federal rulemaking and unleash a wave of litigation.
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    Gen Z’s Growing Consumer Power

    Wolfgang Fengler explains how the generation’s enormous economic potential will unfold over the next two decades.
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    Why Is China’s Consumption Rate So Low?

    Zhang Jun thinks Chinese households are spending more than official data indicate, but that more support is needed.
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    South Korea Is Caught in the Crossfire of the US-China Trade War

    Anne O. Krueger warns that America’s recent policy shifts could jeopardize a critical strategic alliance in East Asia.
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    What to Do About the Taliban’s Gender Apartheid

    Gordon Brown proposes how international pressure can be brought to bear to reverse the regime's ban on girls' education.
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    What Labour Needs to Succeed

    Mariana Mazzucato & Sarah Doyle share lessons from other countries about how to implement an effective industrial strategy.

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