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Shashi Tharoor Shashi Tharoor DOB: March 9, 1956

Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, since 2009. He is a former career international diplomat. He is a member of Indian National congress and at present serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and All India Professionals Congress. Tharoor was a former Minister of State in the Government of India for External Affairs during the period of 2009-2010. Tharror as a writer have authored eighteen best selling works including fiction and non fiction both and he is also author of hundreds of columns and articles in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post etc.Tharoor was appointed as Director of Communications Executive Assistant to Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1996. Tharoor became Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information (UNDPI) on 1 June 2002. Tharoor was in controversy when her wife Sunanda was found dead in room number 345 of the Leela Palace hotel in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

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The long list of words that Shashi Tharoor has taught the

What the kerfuffle?! Shashi Tharoor's latest word-bomb has Twitter scratching its head

Sep 10, 2019, 01:29 PM IST

No, we do not mean to call out Tharoor for his genius. We don't have the English to do so. We just mean to say 'go slow, Mr Tharoor.'

Professor emeritus row: New JNU admin doesn't understand a

Professor emeritus row: New JNU admin doesn't understand a thing about education, says Shashi Tharoor

India | Sep 06, 2019, 03:41 PM IST

After being slammed for seeking Thapar's CV, the JNU administration said in a statement the letter it wrote to her was not sent to discontinue her association with the university but to check whether the professor emeriti is willing and available to offer her services.

Reports about 'praising Modi' irritates me: Shashi Tharoor

Reports about 'praising Modi' irritates me: Shashi Tharoor

India | Sep 04, 2019, 05:07 PM IST

"Give me an example, which statements I have supported. The problem is media reports are completely unfounded. Frankly, it irritates me greatly whenever media talks about 'Tharoor's praise for Modi'," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by NSUI at Delhi University.

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Not Oxford English, but anti-Modi stand helped Cong-UDF victory: Kerala Congress MP

Politics | Aug 31, 2019, 07:06 PM IST

Days after the KPCC directed party leaders to stop making public statements after a controversy broke out over Tharoor's statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be praised for doing the "right things", Murleedharan, MP, said not "Oxford English" but "anti-Modi" stand had helped the party-led front win the Thiruvananthapuram seat.

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Tharoor spent 3 nights in Dubai with Pak journalist

India | Aug 31, 2019, 03:13 PM IST

Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava read out the statement of journalist Nalini Singh, who was the friend of the deceased. The statement said: "I knew Sunanda for 3-4 years. For last one year she started sharing about her personal life. She shared her relationship with Tharoor and told me that Tharoor and Tarar spent three nights together.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor

PM calls for using language to unite people, Tharoor welcomes 'departure from Hindi dominance'

India | Aug 30, 2019, 08:12 PM IST

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor welcomed the "departure from Hindi dominance" and took up the "language challenge" by tweeting the word 'pluralism' and then adding its Hindi and Malayalam translations.

Am astonished to hear that I justified Modi: Tharoor

Am astonished to hear that I justified Modi: Tharoor

India | Aug 28, 2019, 07:10 PM IST

Tharoor was served a notice, after several of his Parliament party colleagues from Kerala went hammer and tongs against him for what they believe was a statement praising Modi.

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Party should respect my approach, says Tharoor as Cong seeks explanation for 'Modi Praise'

India | Aug 27, 2019, 07:29 PM IST

Tharoor and his colleague Abhishek Singhvi had last week supported party leader Jairam Ramesh who has said not recognising Modi's work and "demonising" him all the time was not going to help. Tharoor had on Sunday defended the remarks made by him, Singhvi and Jairam Ramesh.

"As you know, I have argued for six years now that Narendra

Shashi Tharoor joins Abhishek Manu Singhvi in backing Jairam Ramesh's PM remark

Politics | Aug 24, 2019, 08:51 AM IST

Shashi Tharoor said praising the prime minister for doing the right things would lend credibility to the Opposition's criticism of him.

Calcutta HC stays arrest warrant against Shashi Tharoor

'Hindu Pakistan' comment: Calcutta HC stays arrest warrant against Tharoor

India | Aug 22, 2019, 10:38 PM IST

Tharoor's counsel Ritzu Ghoshal moved the petition ex-parte challenging the warrant against him, claiming that that the summons issued by the chief metropolitan magistrate was faulty and that he was not a resident within its jurisdiction.

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Sunanda Pushkar case: 'Tharoor called Tarar 'My darlingest'

India | Aug 20, 2019, 07:48 PM IST

"There is a letter written by Tharoor to Tarar addressing her as 'My darlingest'. Such type of language was used. There are various letters which shows how intimate Tharoor and Tarar were to each other," said Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava while accusing Tharoor of cruelty.

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Shashi Tharoor turns William Shakespeare. And, netizens just can't stop laughing

India | Aug 11, 2019, 09:59 AM IST

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has turned William Shakespeare. Eh? Well, don't be bewildered. Here's what happened.

Kashmir Turmoil: From Shashi Tharoor to Chidambaram,

Article 370 and Article 35A scrapped: From Mehbooba Mufti to Arun Jaitley, here's how top political leaders reacted

India | Aug 05, 2019, 01:15 PM IST

Amid the turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir, several top political leaders condemned the house arrest of several top political leaders of the state, including Menbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone, amidst speculations of big decision making in New Delhi. Leaders including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, former Union Minister P Chidambaram and CPI-M chief Sitaram Yechury criticized the government for the detention of the political leadership in Kashmir. Here's how they reacted.

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Decide who's the Boss: Shashi Tharoor, Milind Deora convey urgency of electing Congress president

Politics | Aug 04, 2019, 07:48 PM IST

Congress has been a ship without a captain for several months now. Rahul Gandhi stepped down after UPA's disasterous show in Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and has been adamant on his decision ever since. There is a perceptible unease among rank and file of the Congress as percieved lack of leadership has created major confusion. Now, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and former chief of Mumbai Congress Milind Deora have urged Congress highcommand to settle the matter of party leadership.  

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Lok Sabha passes Bill to repeal 68 Acts, Shashi Tharoor demands end of Sedition Law

India | Jul 29, 2019, 11:53 PM IST

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019, which seeks to repeal 68 Acts and makes minor amendments to four other laws as Shashi Tharoor (Congress) demanded the abolition of the Sedition Law and criticised the government for its misuse.

Lack of clarity at top hurting Cong; polls to key posts,

Lack of clarity at top hurting Congress; polls to key posts, CWC will legitimise leadership: Shashi Tharoor

India | Jul 28, 2019, 02:00 PM IST

Shashi Tharoor said he hopes that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will throw her hat in the ring when the call for elections for the party chief's post is made, but added it was up to the Gandhi family to decide on whether she will contest for the post. He also backed Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's assessment that a young leader would be more suitable to lead the Congress at this juncture.

A closer look at the other party leaders, however, suggests

90-year-old as interim president? Congress could have done better

India | Jul 03, 2019, 05:28 PM IST

Point in reference -- hours after Rahul Gandhi announced he had quit as the party president at least a month back, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Motilal Vora was named as the interim president.

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TikTok refutes Tharoor's claim on sharing data with China

India | Jul 02, 2019, 11:58 AM IST

Speaking in the Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour on Monday, Tharoor said there were reports that the Chinese government received data from TikTok through the wholly state-owned China Telecom.

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'Triple Talaq Bill isn't good for Muslim families', says Shashi Tharoor; Owaisi terms it 'against Constitution'

India | Jun 21, 2019, 02:43 PM IST

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi also opposed the bill. “Triple Talaq Bill is not in the interest of the Muslim women,” he said

PM Modi's dinner

Congress MPs Ghulam Nabi Azad, Shashi Tharoor, Karti Chidambaram attend PM Modi's dinner

India | Jun 21, 2019, 08:13 AM IST

The Trinamool Congress has also boycotted the dinner called by the Prime Minister.

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