Articles By Me

Loving, Living, Literally
April  16,  2000
By Shashi Tharoor Column "A View of the World" in "Indian Express" April 16, 2000 Rarely has a foreigner immersed himself in Indian tradition with as much gusto as the University of Hawaii's lee Siegel. Siegel, a professor of Indian religious at the University who has written serious scholarly books on Indian street >.....
A Mundu, A Preppy Haircut, And A Generously-Endowed Lady
March  26,  2000
By Shashi Tharoor Column "A View of the World" in "Indian Express" March 26, 2000 Some years ago, the acerbic British Labour Party parliamentarian Denis Healey compared an attack on him by Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer Geoffrey Howe to being "savaged by a dead sheep". He came to mind the other day, >.....
Guns Vs Butter
January  23,  2000
By Shashi Tharoor Column "A View of the World" in "Indian Express" January 23, 2000 In my last two columns I advanced some thoughts on the significance of the millennial moment in which we are living. Today, I should like to conclude my reflections on the century that has just passed from our >.....
Future Imperfect
January  16,  2000
By Shashi Tharoor Column "A View of the World" in "Indian Express" January 16, 2000 In my last column, I advanced some thoughts on the significance of the millennial moment in which we are living. Today, I should like to continue my reflections on what might be our perspectives as we look back >.....
Looking back, Looking Forward
January  2,  2000
By Shashi Tharoor Column "A View of the World" in "Indian Express" January 02, 2000 I suppose it is impossible for any columnist to ignore the millennial moment. Is there any logic, one might well ask., to looking back on a period of a 100 years selected for no other reason than the >.....
Soldiers and Victims of the Opium War by Amitav Ghosh
January  1,  2000
The novel unfolds with the stories of the events that bring these >.....
Not As Bad As It Looks
December  12,  1999
By Shashi Tharoor Column "A View of the World" in "Indian Express" December 12, 1999 Since my college debating days, and as a writer, I have always preferred argument to data. Not that facts aren't essential to a good argument; reasoning, as any good lawyer will tell you, always requires evidence. It's just >.....
Playing By The Rules
November  28,  1999
By Shashi Tharoor Column "A View of the World" in "Indian Express" November 28, 1999 “The one place I never expected to see you or the United Nations,’’ a friend wisecracked the other day, ‘‘was in the sports pages. Who could have imagined you or the UN in the cricket news?’’ He was only >.....
Sarajevo, City Of Hope.
November  14,  1999
Last month I found myself in Sarajevo on the day that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan greeted the new-born baby hailed as the six billionth inhabitant of our planet. I had visited the city many times before, as a UN peace-keeping official during the traumatic years, 1991-96. The following is my reaction to this most recent visit. Its theme, I felt, could best be expressed in a prose poem.>.....
UN Plays Censor? Nah.
October  31,  1999
By Shashi Tharoor Column "A View of the World" in "Indian Express" October 31, 1999 As regular readers of this column know, I am careful to keep my writing life distinct from my ‘other’ life as a United Nations official, where I currently toil as Director of Communications in the Office of the >.....
Stephania: An Evocation
January  1,  1999
The very name "St. Stephen's" has come to stand for two very different sets of associations. Stephanians still wax eloquent about the uniqueness of their alma mater; but to non-Stephanians, "St Stephen's" all too often conjures up three overlapping concepts, none of which is meant to be flattering - elitism, Anglophilia and deracination. In responding to the Editor's request to evoke what St.Stephen's means to me, it is probably essential that I confront this stereotype head on>.....
Are Human Rights Universal? (World Policy Journal, Winter 1999/2000)
January  1,  1999
The growing consensus in the West that human rights are universal has been fiercely opposed by critics in other parts of the world. At the very least, the idea may well pose as many questions as it answers. Beyond the more general, philosophical question of whether anything in our pluri-cultural, multipolar world is truly universal, the issue of whether human rights is an essentially Western conceptˇignoring the very different cultural, economic>.....
India's Odd, Enduring Patchwork
August  8,  1997
A year ago, when India celebrated the 49th anniversary of its independence from British rule, H. D. Deve Gowda, then the Prime Minister, stood at the ramparts of New Delhi's 16th-century Red Fort and delivered the traditional Independence Day address to the nation in Hindi, India's >.....
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