Speeches

Opening Remarks at India-Japan Partnership in the Asian Century
October  26,  2015

Indo-Japanese friendship is a matter for celebration, with a long history rooted in spiritual affinity, strong civilisation ties and, in modern times, by a shared belief in democracy, individual freedom, and rule of law.

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Verbatim Transcript of Dr. Shashi Tharoor's Speech at the Oxford Union Debate 2015
May  28,  2015

Verbatim Transcript of Dr. Shashi Tharoor's Speech at the Oxford Union Debate 2015

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The Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of Tax) Bill
May  11,  2015
Thank you, Madam Speaker. None of us disagrees, obviously, that black money is a serious problem. My Party has made it very clear that we would support any serious effort by the Government to bring back black money to this country>.....
Response to the Union Budget 2014 by Dr. Shashi Tharoor
July  16,  2014
Dr. Shashi Tharoor's response to the Union Budget 2014>.....
Launch of Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Balighan Ministry of HRD Remarks by Dr. Shashi Tharoor Hon’ble Minister of State for HRD
February  18,  2014
Shri R. Bhattacharya, Secretary (SE & L), Shri Jagmohan Singh Raju, JS (AE)& DG (NLMA) who works with such dedication for adult literacy, Dr. Mohinder Singh, Member, National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, Maulana Fazlur Rehim Mujaddidi, Fr. Dominic Emmanual, Ms. Sanjukta Mudgal, and the eminent educationists and social activists present, ladies and gentlemen,>.....
International Conference on Literacy through Literature - Keynote Address by Dr. Shashi Tharoor
February  7,  2014
Ms. Nilima Sinha, Ms. Manorama Jafa, distinguished ladies on the podium and in the audience, authors, illustrators, book lovers, friends,>.....
Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2014, High Level Corporate Dialogue on “How will Business Lead India’s Energy, Water & Food Security?” - Valedictory Address by Dr. Shashi Tharoor
February  5,  2014
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India Water Forum, Special Address by Dr. Shashi Tharoor
November  8,  2013
India Water Forum Organised by TERI - Special Address by Dr. Shashi Tharoor Hon'ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development at New Delhi on 28th October, 2013>.....
National Statement by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Hon’ble Minister of State for HRD, 37th session of General Conference of UNESCO, Paris
November  8,  2013
National Statement delivered by Dr. Shashi Tharoor Hon’ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development at The 'General Policy Debate' at the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO at Paris on 8th November 2013 >.....
Transcript of the speech at India-Pakistan Young Entrepreneurs Bilateral Conference, Organised by CAAYE, Yi and YEF (Islamabad)
October  29,  2013
India-Pakistan Young Entrepreneurs Bilateral Conference which was organised by Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE), Young Indians (Yi) and Young Entrepreneurs Forum (Islamabad Chapter), Address by Dr. Shashi Tharoor from New Delhi (via pre-recorded video) on 29th October, 2013>.....
Transcript of extempore remarks on the occasion of the unveiling of the statue of Swami Vivekananda
September  11,  2013
Transcript of extempore remarks by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Hon’ble Minister of State for HRD on the occasion of the unveiling of the statue of Swami Vivekananda at Thiruvananthapuram on 11 September, 2013>.....
FICCI’s Global R&D Summit 2013 - "Destination India" - Special address by Dr. Shashi Tharoor
July  29,  2013
Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, President, FICCI & Country Head, HSBC India, Dr. R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to Govt. of India, Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, Dr. T Ramasami, Secretary, Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, Dr. Birenda Raj Dutt, Chairman & MD, APIC Corporation, USA, Shalendra Porwal, Co-Chairman, FICCI National Committee on S&T/Innovation and MD & CEO, Battelle India and Dr.Makarand Phadke, Chairman, FICCI National Committee on S&T/Innovation &Sr. VP-Innovations, Reliance Industries Ltd., distinguished delegates and at the Global R&D Summit, ladies and gentlemen,>.....
Indians in the UAE
June  26,  2013
I am delighted to be present here today for this landmark event that celebrates the varied and wonderful achievements of Indians in the UAE in the field of commerce and industry. I would like to compliment Dr Al Tayyar and his entire team at Forbes Middle East for having the breadth of vision to conceive and execute this celebration. As a former United Nations official, a current (though increasingly infrequent) author, and now as a Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, I wish to pay tribute to Forbes magazine for this initiative.>.....
Speech by Dr. Shashi Tharoor on "Indians in the UAE" at the Forbes Middle East Event in Dubai
June  26,  2013
Dr Nasser Al Tayyar, President Forbes Middle East, His Excellency M.K. Lokesh,Ambassador of India to the UAE, Ms Kholoud Al Omian, Vice-President and Editor-in-Chief Forbes Middle East, distinguished recipients of awards for the Top Indian Leaders in the UAE, several of whom I am privileged to know personally, ladiesand gentlemen, friends,>.....
'Har Gram Panchayat Saakshar, Bharat Saakshar' - Making Gram Panchayats 100 per cent literate
June  14,  2013
I stand before you today, fresh from a visit to Tiruvannamallai, a Saakshar Bharat district in Tamil Nadu. I have been there hardly two weeks ago. I must confess that this visit was an eye opener to me. In the very first Adult Education Centre that I visited, I was struck in amazement as much with the energy of the learners as with the bare amenities at the centre.>.....
Speech by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Hon'ble Minister of State for HRD - Har Gram Panchayat Saakshar, Bharat Saakshar Making Gram Panchayats 100 % literate
June  14,  2013
Respected Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, PlanningCommission, my senior colleague, Dr. Pallam Raju, Minister of HRD, my friend Pradeep Jain Aditya, Minister of State, Rural Development, Government of India, Hon’ble State Ministers of Adult Education and Panchayati Raj, Shri Bhattacharya, Secretary, Dept. of School Education, District Panchayat Presidents, Director General, National Literacy Mission Authority, Jagmohan Singh Raju, Dr. L Mishra, State Secretaries and other senior officials from the Government of India and the State Governments, Directors of State resource Centres and Jan Shikshan Sansthans, ladies and gentlemen,>.....
National Museum Institute Convocation Address
June  7,  2013
I am delighted to be present here today on the occasion of the 10th Convocation of the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology. I am deeply grateful to my colleague in the Council of Ministers Smt Katoch, for her very kind words and being gracious enough to give me the opportunity to be a part of this event and share my thoughts on the crucial role being played by the NMI in advancing the preservation of our nation’s heritage, by promoting research and scholarship in important yet often neglected areas of our vast and varied culture. In doing so, the NMI plays an important role in refining our national self-awareness and contributes to the wider objective of nation building>.....
National Museum Institute Convocation Address by Dr. Shashi Tharoor
June  7,  2013
Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Hon’ble Union Minister for Culture and Chancellor of the National Museum Institute, Dr V. Venu, Dr. M V Nair, Dr. Anupa Pande, Vice Chancellor NMI, Smt. Sangeeta Gairola, Secretary Culture, Government of India, distinguished guests from the world of art and culture, graduands of the NMI (which is what you will be called until you are conferred your degrees today), ladies and gentlemen,>.....
Keynote Address by Dr. Shashi Tharoor at IIM World Conference, Goa
May  31,  2013
Let me begin by saying how delighted I am to be amongst you all today for the inaugural edition of the IIM World Conference with the theme “Emerging Issues in Management”. Coming, as I am, from an academic background devoid of any formal education in management theory>.....
Release Of ‘Jihad & Other Essays’ – Speech by Dr. Shashi Tharoor
May  21,  2013
Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer was a scholar, a teacher, a reformer, and a prolific writer. With his passing, we have lost one of the most prominent voices speaking with intellect and moderation in the understanding and articulation of Islam, and in its interactions with the modern world. His writings, which I appreciated greatly, offered a glimpse into his keen intellect>.....
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