Shashi Tharoor

AWAKENING INDIA

Former UN under-secretary-general, member of India's parliament for the Congress party and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs

October 8, 2021
October 8, 2021

India’s Taliban Problem

In the weeks since the Taliban’s theocratic terrorists returned to power in Kabul, the people of Afghanistan, particularly its women and girls, have been subjected to unimaginable suffering as the...

September 5, 2021
September 5, 2021

The Olympic-size difference between India and China

The Tokyo Olympic Games are over, and the Japanese people and government have heaved a sigh of relief that the spectacle passed without a major Covid-19 outbreak in the athletes’ village or other...

August 7, 2021
August 7, 2021

Among India’s Believers

It is rare for a public-opinion survey to shake established perceptions of a country in the way a recent Pew Research Center study of religion in India has done. The revelations in Pew’s...

June 10, 2021
June 10, 2021

Pakistan’s Taliban Monster

The late head of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, Lieutenant General Hamid Gul, was fond of boasting that when Afghanistan’s history came to be written,

April 24, 2021
April 24, 2021

Modi’s war on the press

A flurry of assaults on freedom of the press in recent months has raised troubling questions about the state of India’s democracy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

March 21, 2021
March 21, 2021

India’s Smart Vaccine Diplomacy

As countries scramble to secure Covid-19 vaccines, ugly expressions like “vaccine race” and “vaccine nationalism” have entered the global lexicon.

February 10, 2021
February 10, 2021

After Myanmar’s coup

Until recently, the last time Myanmar’s military supervised a general election whose outcome it didn’t like was back in 1990.

January 16, 2021
January 16, 2021

Narendra Modi’s Potemkin Democracy

Indian legislators woke up in the new year to two realisations. First, the annual winter session of parliament, from which they should just have been emerging, had not taken place at all. And,...

September 22, 2020
September 22, 2020

India’s Silenced Parliament

After a nearly six-month hiatus, the Indian parliament will reconvene in mid-September at a time of deepening national crisis. But I fear that it may be unable to hold the country’s failing...

August 13, 2020
August 13, 2020

Whose India?

As India prepares to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of its independence on August 15, a growing number of Indians are coming to believe that the battle to preserve the essence of the country born...