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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Writing for PS since 2002
190 commentaries
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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Why Is the Maldives Spurning India?
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    Why Is the Maldives Spurning India?

    Feb 15, 2024 Shashi Tharoor worries that the island nation is becoming a Chinese client and nurturing Islamist radicalism.

  4. India’s Hindu “Emperor” Wants a Third Term
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    India’s Hindu “Emperor” Wants a Third Term

    Jan 5, 2024 Shashi Tharoor expects the coming election campaign to focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist credentials.

  5. Does India Have a Hit List?
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    Does India Have a Hit List?

    Dec 5, 2023 Shashi Tharoor worries that recent plots to assassinate Sikh separatists abroad could undermine vital diplomatic relationships.

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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.
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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.
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    The West’s New Infrastructure Imperative

    Diane Coyle explains why a broader conception of the term could reflect a renewed interest in investing in the future.
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    An Iran-Israel War?

    Iran’s mass ballistic missile and drone attack on Israel last week raised anew the specter of a widening Middle East war that draws in Iran and its proxies, as well as Western countries like the United States. The urgent need to defuse tensions – starting by ending Israel’s war in Gaza and pursuing a lasting political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – is obvious, but can it be done?

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    What a Climate-Aligned IMF Would Look Like

    Mohamed Nasheed & Rakesh Mohan explain how the managing director can fully position the institution to help the most vulnerable countries.
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    The Key to Transforming African Health

    Jayati Ghosh highlights efforts to foster scientific innovation and drug manufacturing on the continent.
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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Stephen S. Roach

    The most successful development stories almost always involve major shifts in the sources of economic growth, which in turn allow economies to reinvent themselves out of necessity or by design. In China, the interplay of mounting external pressures, lagging household consumption, and falling productivity will increasingly shape China’s policy choices in the years ahead.

    explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.
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    From Welfare State to Safe State in Latin America

    Jorge G. Castañeda & Carlos Ominami

    Designing a progressive anti-violence strategy that delivers the safety for which a huge share of Latin Americans crave is perhaps the most difficult challenge facing many of the region’s governments. But it is also the most important.

    urge the region’s progressives to start treating security as an essential component of social protection.
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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.

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