Former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for Human Resource Development
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The Cricket Factor in Indian Politics
In India, cricket is much more than a sport; it is also a political tool, a lucrative industry, a source of prestige, and among India’s most powerful levers for exerting global influence. None of this is lost on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he prepares to seek re-election next year.
The Modi Decade
From the expansion of India's infrastructure to rapid technological diffusion, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nine years in office have included plenty of worthy achievements. Unfortunately, they have also featured flawed policies in a wide range of areas, writes Shashi Tharoor.
The Indian Diaspora Has Arrived
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s political ascent is the latest example of a person of Indian heritage rising to global prominence. Ironically, the values and traits that have allowed Sunak and others like him to thrive in the West are the ones that the BJP government now seeks to suppress writes Shashi Tharoor.
India's Long Infatuation with Russia Must End
A weakened Russia is at at best an ineffective ally for India and at worst a liability, writes Shashi Tharoor.
Modi's damaging dominance
As India prepares to mark 75 years of independence next week, Prime Minister Modi is running the country in an increasingly authoritarian style, writes Shashi Tharoor.