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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Writing for PS since 2002
170 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

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 Pride, Prejudice and Punditry: The Essential Shashi Tharoor (Aleph Book Company, 2021).

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  1. India’s Long Infatuation with Russia Must End
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    India’s Long Infatuation with Russia Must End

    Sep 12, 2022 Shashi Tharoor argues that an increasingly China-dependent Kremlin has become a highly unreliable partner.

  2. Modi’s Damaging Dominance
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    Modi’s Damaging Dominance

    Aug 8, 2022 Shashi Tharoor acknowledges the Indian prime minister’s success at amassing power, but doubts he will ever use it wisely.

  3. Are the BRICS Breaking Up?
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    Are the BRICS Breaking Up?

    Jul 7, 2022 Shashi Tharoor explains India’s unease at the five-country bloc’s current direction and possible enlargement.

  4. The Promise and Pitfalls of Indian Foreign Policy
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    The Promise and Pitfalls of Indian Foreign Policy

    Jun 9, 2022 Shashi Tharoor warns that the ruling BJP’s Islamophobia is damaging the country’s standing in the Muslim world.

  5. India’s COVID Con
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    India’s COVID Con

    May 16, 2022 Shashi Tharoor accuses the government of subordinating accurate mortality reporting to its obsession with image control.

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    The Global Recovery Winds Down

    Eswar Prasad warns that the darkening outlook for the world economy reflects significant challenges ahead.
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    Where Has All the Liquidity Gone?

    Raghuram G. Rajan & Viral Acharya show that years of quantitative easing have left financial markets deeply dependent on easy money.
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    Britannia Deranged

    Jacob Soll explores UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s 2012 manifesto and its incoherent vision of capitalism.
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    Research Ethics and Non-Human Subjects

    Peter Singer highlights an appalling recent article that Springer Nature should retract under its new guidance for authors.
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    How to Settle the Great Chess Cheating Scandal

    Kenneth Rogoff explains how a suspiciously successful young upstart can prove that he is for real.
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    Why Deglobalization Makes US Inflation Worse

    Dambisa Moyo laments that today’s inflationary surge has not elicited a coordinated global response.
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    How to Tax Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits

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    Given the complexities of modern markets, economies, and legal regimes, new levies on energy companies will always run into implementation problems. To prevent supply shortages and other disastrous unintended consequences, policymakers must proceed with caution and coordinate across borders.

    consider the underappreciated difficulties of implementing new levies without creating unwanted side effects.
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    Is Putin in Peril?

    From alternate-reality annexations to fresh nuclear threats, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems more desperate than ever to project an image of strength after a string of battlefield defeats. As Ukrainian forces advance on Russian-occupied territories and hundreds of thousands of draft-age Russian men flee the Kremlin’s “partial mobilization,” we asked PS commentators to assess his prospects.

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    Liz Truss’s Backward Vision of the Future

    Diane Coyle argues that the new UK government will never cure what ails the British economy by living in the past.

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