India Insight

India’s democratic tempest

By Shashi Tharoor
March 15, 2012

By Shashi Tharoor
The opinions expressed are his own

April might be the cruellest month, but, for India’s major political parties this year, March was fairly brutal. On March 6, following an American-style “Super Tuesday” of its own, India announced the results of five state assembly elections, which confounded pollsters, surprised pundits, and shook a complacent political establishment.

India’s nuclear path

By Shashi Tharoor
October 12, 2011

By Shashi Tharoor
The opinions expressed are his own

When the Commonwealth heads of government meet in Australia later this month, one prominent leader is almost certain to be conspicuously absent: India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. India is a strong backer of the association of former British colonies (and some new entrants without that shared heritage, notably Mozambique and Rwanda), so no displeasure with the Commonwealth is implied.

Has Shashi Tharoor dug his own political grave?

April 20, 2010

Is it too early to write the political obituary of Shashi Tharoor, who over the weekend resigned from the post of junior foreign minister not even a year into holding the post?

Trick or Tweet? Can politicians have an online life?

January 3, 2010

I recently came across this article on the Washington Post.

GERMANY BOOK FAIRBeing a part of a generation that gradually, if with cautious unease, learnt to adjust to the Internet, I could not help but compare India’s policymakers with those of developed nations based on their level of acceptance of changing media.

Professionals in politics?

March 25, 2009

What’s common to a banker, a dancer and a former U.N. under-secretary general?