India Insight

Not funny – jokes Indian politicians crack

March 27, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are not those of Thomson Reuters)

Politicians facing outrage over their comments often say that they didn’t mean what they said to come out that way. Lately in India, they say they were joking.

Sunanda Tharoor found dead in Delhi hotel room

January 17, 2014

Sunanda Tharoor, wife of Congress party minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in her room at a luxury hotel in New Delhi on Friday, police said.

from Expert Zone:

The return of the ugly American

By Shashi Tharoor
January 7, 2014

(This piece comes from Project Syndicate. The opinions expressed are the author's own)

Social media not a game changer in 2014 elections

September 25, 2013

By Aditya Kalra and David Lalmalsawma

Political parties in India are relying more on social media ahead of the 2014 election as a way of increasing voter support, even though politicians in general do not expect such efforts to significantly influence election results.

Shashi Tharoor on Congress’ social media plans, digital presence of Gandhis

September 25, 2013

By Aditya Kalra and David Lalmalsawma

Political parties in India are relying more on social media ahead of the 2014 election as a way of increasing voter support, even though politicians in general do not expect such efforts to influence election results.

Interview: India has a lot to offer in terms of Twitter stories – Twittamentary director

September 13, 2013

Two Indian social media consultants, Avinash Kalla and Bhaskar Pant, plan to release “Twittamentary India”, a film made in collaboration with Singapore-based documentary filmmaker Tan Siok Siok. Like Siok’s 2012 original “Twittamentary”, the new film will take a look at the Twitter community with the help of people on the social media website. “Twittamentary India” will explore the interactions that politicians, journalists and ordinary people have on Twitter in the country.

Twitter in India to come alive in new documentary

September 13, 2013

Four years ago, Singapore-based documentary filmmaker Tan Siok Siok asked her Twitter friends to contribute ideas for a Twitter documentary. That was the beginning of her crowd-sourced film ‘Twittamentary’. She spent three years travelling across the United States, meeting strangers and documenting experiences on Twitter as she made the film.

The emerging world’s education imperative

By Shashi Tharoor
November 15, 2012

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

How to insult people, Indian politician-style

October 31, 2012

If you were a reporter covering the Shiv Sena in 2006, the place to be was a nondescript restaurant located midway between party offices and those of Bal Thackeray’s nephew Raj, who rebelled and formed a new party after a fall-out with his uncle.

Narendra Modi, why shoot yourself in the foot?

October 31, 2012

I usually don’t spend too much time contemplating the bizarre pronouncements, snide comments and muddy slings of India’s political figures.