Shashi Tharoor: Leader & Lover

Dr. Shashi Tharoor is a prolific award-winning author of thirteen fiction & non-fiction books, hundreds of articles, opinion editorials and books reviews in publications that include the New York Time, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, Time, Newsweek and The Times of India.  He served as Contributing Editor and columnist for Newsweek International, The Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle, Mail Today, Project Syndicate, Indian Express, the Hindu and the Times of India.  In addition to his writing, Dr. Tharoor is India’s internationally recognized speaker regarding India’s globalization, culture, transformation and political impact in the world arena.

Despite his impressive credentials, reports of a passionate affair with a well-known Pakistani journalist brought Dr. Tharoor‘s marriage under the world’s microscope.  Twitter tweets from the Indian minister’s hacked account not only hinted at an extra-marital affair but that their highly publicized marriage of a little over three years was in trouble.  Caught in the middle is aforementioned columnist for Lahore’s Daily Times newspaper, Mehr Tarar, who strenuously denied both affair and hacking into the Minister’s account.  “Minister Twitter” as he is known for his love of Twitter, Dr. Tharoor was “acutely embarrassed”.  He deleted the tweets immediately and denied the affair.  He also confirmed that his account, with more than two million followers, was hacked.

Fresh at the tail end of the Twitter scandal, another shocking set of news erupted.  Mrs. Tharoor body was discovered in a five-start Leela Palace hotel in New Delhi in suite number 345 around 8:15 pm.  At 52 years of age, Sunanda Pushkar is dead, her body discovered by authorities of the hotel.  The special commissioner of police (law and order), Deepak Mishra) stated that her death is not suspicious because “there were no visible injury marks and nothing to suggest poision.”  He also added that her body was found on the bed “with no signs of struggle.”  Officials said Shashi Tharoor discovered his wife’s body after returning from a Congress meeting.

Prior to her unfortunate demise, the couple released a joint statement via another social media, Facebook, that they are happily married and will continue to be so.  Then, Mrs. Tharoor also admitted to India’s Economic Times newspaper she had hacked her husband’s account and sent messages between her husband’s and Ms. Tarar’s accounts.  She made it seem like the journalist was stalking her husband.  Ms. Tarar, concerning Mrs. Tharoor’s unexpected death, tweeted, “I’m absolutely shocked…rest in peace, Sunanda.”

Setting aside Shashi Tharoor’s personal troubles of late, he was the official candidate of India for the position of UN Secretary-General when the then incumbent Kofi Annan’s term concluded in 2006.  In fact, Dr. Tharoor was a close second among seven contenders, with an impressive UN career that started in 1978 when he joined the staff of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).  Currently, Shashi Tharoor is the Minister of State for Human Resources Development and MP for Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the Indian state of Kerala.  He was the former Minister of State for External Affairs.

Shashi Tharoor was born in London in 1956.  He completed his PhD at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1978 in the United States.   It was he who founded the still current Fletcher Forum of International Affairs thirty-five years ago as its first Editor.  He is also the recipient of an honorary D. Litt. from the University of Puget Sound and a Doctora Honoris Causa in History by the University of Bucharest.

Dr. Tharoor’s political career is second to none.  In 1998, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland named him “Global Leader of Tomorrow.”  He has also received many other awards including the “Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.  In 2004, he was named India’s highest honour for Overseas Indians, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.  Other titles under Dr. Tharoor’s belt are “Distinguished Global Thinker Award”, GQ’s Inspiration of the Year Award, and “New Age Politician of the Year” Award.

His credentials, accomplishments and experience are endless.  At 57 years of age, Dr. Tharoor has started and finished more than many can claim.  For the time being, his attention may be concentrated on his personal life, but it can be assumed that “Minister Tweeter” may have more to bring to the world stage.

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