|Minister of State for Human Resource Development|
28 October 2012
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||Daggubati Purandeswari|
|Member of Parliament - Lok Sabha|
|Preceded by||Pannyan Raveendran|
|Minister of State for External Affairs|
28 May 2009 – 18 April 2010
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||Anand Sharma|
|Succeeded by||E. Ahamed|
9 March 1956 |
London, United Kingdom
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Tilottama Mukherji (divorced)
Christa Giles (divorced)
Sunanda Pushkar (2010 - 2014 (her death))
|Alma mater||St. Stephen's College, Delhi (B.A.)
Tufts University (M.A., M.A.L.D., Ph.D.)
|Occupation||Writer, Diplomat, Politician|
Until 2008, he was a career official at the United Nations, rising to Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, but resigned after losing to Ban Ki-moon in the 2007 election for the Secretary-General. After his entry into politics in 2009, he served as Minister of State for the Ministry of External Affairs, but was forced to resign in less than a year after becoming embroiled in a political scandal. In January, 2014 he was appointed as the official spokesperson of the Indian National Congress.
- 1 Childhood and education
- 2 Diplomatic career
- 3 Campaign for Secretary-General: 2007
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Literary career
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Honors, awards and international recognition
- 8 Bibliography
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Childhood and education
Shashi Tharoor, who is member of the Tharoor Tharavadu of Kerala heritage, was born in London, to Lily and Chandran Tharoor. After his parents returned to India, he began his schooling at Montfort School in Yercaud, Tamil Nadu, and Campion School in Mumbai, and attended high school at St. Xavier's Collegiate School in Kolkata. Tharoor subsequently obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from St. Stephen's College in Delhi. and went on to pursue graduate studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, from where he obtained M.A in 1976, M.A.L.D in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1979.
Shashi Tharoor's career in the United Nations began in 1978 as a staff member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. From 1981 to 1984 he headed the UNHCR office in Singapore during the boat people crisis. In 1989 he was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, the unit that later became the Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Until 1996, he led the team responsible for peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia.
Under-Secretary-General at the UN
In 1996 Tharoor was appointed Director of Communications and Special Projects and as Executive Assistant to the then Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In January 2001, he was appointed as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, and as the head of Department of Public Information (UNDPI). In this capacity, he was responsible for the communication strategy, enhancing the image and effectiveness of the UN. In 2003, the Secretary-General appointed him to the additional responsibility of United Nations Coordinator for Multilingualism. During his tenure at the UNDPI, Tharoor reformed his department and undertook a number of initiatives, ranging from organizing and conducting the first-ever UN seminar on anti-Semitism, the first-ever UN seminar on Islamophobia, and launching an annual list of "Ten Under-Reported Stories the World Ought to Know About".
On 9 February 2007, Tharoor resigned from the post of UN Under-Secretary-General and left the UN effective 1 April 2007.
Campaign for Secretary-General: 2007
|2007 Secretary-General candidates|
|Ban Ki-moon||South Korean foreign minister|
|Shashi Tharoor||Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
for public information; from India
|Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga||President of Latvia|
|Ashraf Ghani||Chancellor of
Kabul University, Afghanistan
|Surakiart Sathirathai||Deputy prime minister
|Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad||Jordan's ambassador
to the United Nations
|Jayantha Dhanapala||Former Under-Secretary-General
for disarmament; from Sri Lanka
In 2006, Tharoor was nominated by the Government of India for the post of UN Secretary General. Tharoor came a close second (behind Ban Ki-moon) in each of the four straw polls conducted by the UN Security Council and won the online poll conducted by the BBC News website. After the fourth poll, Ban emerged as the only candidate with the support of all five permanent members, each of whom had the power to veto candidates. Of the seven contenders for the post, Tharoor remained the only other to enjoy a majority in the Security Council. One Permanent Member (later revealed to be the US under the Bush Administration) opposed and China abstained from voting. After the vote, Tharoor withdrew his candidacy expressing his confidence for Ban to win.
Had he been elected, the then 50 year old Shashi Tharoor would have been the second-youngest Secretary-General to be appointed to the post, the first being Dag Hammarskjöld who was appointed at the age of 46 years.
In February 2007, amidst rampant speculation about his post-UN future, it was presciently reported in the Indian press that Tharoor might be inducted into council of ministers of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Minister of State for External Affairs. In the same month, it was reported in an American gossip blog that Tharoor was a finalist for the position of dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles, though he withdrew his name from consideration at the final stage. Instead, Dr. Tharoor—in addition to a variety of other activities in his private life— became chairman of Dubai-based Afras Ventures, which established the Afras Academy for Business Communication (AABC) in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. He also spoke widely around the globe about India and Kerala, the state where he spent increasing amounts of time before moving for good in October 2008. Since 2012 he is a member of the Advisory Council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice.
Political career in India
In March 2009, Shashi Tharoor contested the Indian General Elections in 2009 as Congress Party candidate from Thiruvananthapuram (Lok Sabha constituency) in Kerala. His opponents included P. Ramachandran Nair of the Communist Party of India (CPI), Neelalohitadasan Nadar of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), M.P. Gangadharan of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and P. K. Krishna Das of Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP). Despite being criticized as an "elite outsider" he went on to win defeating his nearest CPI rival P. Ramachandran Nair by a margin of approximately 100,000 votes. Subsequently Shashi Tharoor was selected as Minister of State in the Council of Ministers of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. On 28 May 2009 he was sworn in as the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs.
Tharoor become the first Indian celebrity to get 100,000 followers on Twitter. However, some of his tweets (or Twitter posts) proved controversial and were quoted by the press and opposition parties to criticize his work. On 18 April 2010 Tharoor resigned from his post as Minister of State for External Affairs on instructions from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, following allegations that he had misused his office to get shares in the IPL cricket franchise of Cochin. Tharoor denied the charges and in his resignation speech called for a full inquiry. On 2 May 2010, he was nominated to be a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for External Affairs by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. Later he became Minister of State for Human Resource Development after a Cabinet reshuffle in 2012.
Twitter and other early controversies
- In September 2009, Tharoor and S M Krishna were accused of staying in luxurious 5-star hotels. Tharoor defended himself, saying that it was because of the delay in his official residence being ready and he only spent from his own pocket for the accommodation. Later on Pranab Mukherjee's request Tharoor and Krishna moved out of the hotels.
- A controversy erupted when Tharoor, responding to the question as to whether he would travel in "Cattle Class", replied that he would do so. This remark on Twitter ( , equated the travelling public to cattle and also taunted his party, the Indian National Congress over their austerity drive. It was also reported that Congress may take action against him. However, this was subsequently resolved when Tharoor met his party leadership and offered them an apology/explanation.
- Another controversy erupted on Gandhi Jayanti when he said people should be working rather than staying at home taking a holiday, thereby paying real homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
- Tharoor was in the news again for publicly criticizing the new visa guidelines adopted by the Indian Government in the wake of the gaps exposed by the arrest of 26/11 terror suspects, David Headley and Tahawwur Rana. For this he was criticized for breaking ranks with the official position of the Government. He later met External Affairs Minister, SM Krishna and explained his position on the issue. The rules were subsequently partly modified.
- In January 2010, Tharoor criticized Gandhi and Nehru for their vision on Indian foreign policy by the Indian media. This angered his party, the Indian National Congress. In the wake of this controversy, he held a press conference describing the report as "inaccurate" and "tendentious"."
- In February 2010 when accompanying the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, he said "We feel that Saudi Arabia has a long and close relationship with Pakistan, that makes Saudi Arabia even more a valuable interlocutor for us. When we tell them about our experience, Saudi Arabia listens as somebody who is not in any way an enemy of Pakistan, but a friend of Pakistan and, therefore, will listen with sympathy and concern to a matter of this nature". He was asked whether India expected Saudi Arabia, given their close ties with Islamabad, to help address the terror threat from Pakistan. The remark about Saudi Arabia being a "valuable interlocutor" raised a strong reaction within the Indian political circle. The Pakistani press even went on to report that he had proposed that Saudi Arabia play a mediator's role in improving India's relationship with Pakistan. In response, Tharoor tweeted saying, "An interlocutor is someone you speak to. If I speak to you, you are my interlocutor. I mentioned the Saudis as our interlocutors, i.e. the people we are here to speak to".
- In February 2010, a website called "Keralawatch" published an investigative report which alleged that Tharoor used incomplete records to enrol his name in the voter's list in Thiruvananthapuram constituency.
Lalit Modi published the shareholders-details of Kochi-IPL team's franchise owners, Rendezvous Sports World (RSW) group in his Twitter account and also mentioned that he was asked by an influential Union Minister not to get into details of Sunanda Pushkar, who was given a sweat equity of approximately 4.5 per cent of total equity (estimated by the media to be worth Rs 70 crore) in Kochi IPL team. In an official statement, Tharoor denied having made any financial gains from the sale or having pressured Modi in any way. He further accused Modi of trying to delay and discredit the new owners so that the franchise can be re-awarded elsewhere. RSW protested Modi's breach of confidentiality agreement. Sunanda Pushkar also issued a statement denying being a proxy for Tharoor. Later amidst demands for his resignation from the Union Cabinet by the opposition parties, Sunanda Pushkar gave up the sweat equity offered to her by RSW. But Income Tax department stated that she will have to pay income tax on her sweat equity in Rendezvous Sports World even after having given it up and non payment will lead to her arrest. Allegations that it was a pay back for denying a visa request for a South African model close to Lalit Modi have surfaced. Under severe push from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee combine, the Congress core committee decided to ask for Tharoor's resignation. On 18 April 2010 Shashi Tharoor resigned from the post of Minister of State in MEA after calling for a full inquiry into the matter.
Controversy over the Death of Sunanda Pushkar
On 15 January 2014, Shashi Tharoor's wife, Sunanda Pushkar, published from Tharoor's Twitter account, messages allegedly sent by a Pakistani journalist, Mehr Tarar, to Tharoor, proclaiming Tarar's love for Tharoor. Pushkar's tweets addressing Tarar as an ISI agent stalking Tharoor snowballed into a controversy. Tharoor tried to downplay the incident by stating that his account had been hacked, which Pushkar denied saying that she had only tweeted from Tharoor's Twitter account. On 17 January 2014, Pushkar was found dead at The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. An inquiry into her death was ordered by a Delhi magistrate, based on the autopsy that said the 52-year-old died of poisoning and an investigation is currently underway.
Tharoor has written numerous books in English.
Tharoor has been a columnist in each of India's three best-known English-language newspapers, most recently for The Hindu newspaper (2001–2008) and in a weekly column, “Shashi on Sunday,” in the Times of India (January 2007 – December 2008). Following his resignation as Minister of State for External Affairs, he began a fortnightly column on foreign policy issues in the "Deccan Chronicle". Previously he was a columnist for the Gentleman magazine and the Indian Express newspaper, as well as a frequent contributor to Newsweek International and the International Herald Tribune. His Op-Eds and book reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, amongst other papers. His monthly column, "India Reawakening", distributed by Project Syndicate, appears in some 80 newspapers around the world.
Tharoor began writing at the age of six and his first published story appeared in the “Bharat Jyoti”, the Sunday edition of "The Free Press Journal", in Mumbai at age 10. His World War II adventure novel Operation Bellows, inspired by the Biggles books, was serialized in the Junior Statesman starting a week before his 11th birthday. Each of his books has been a best-seller in India. The Great Indian Novel is in its 28th edition in India and his newest volume.[when?] The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone has undergone seven hardback re-printings there.
Tharoor has lectured widely on India, and is often quoted for his observations, including, "India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay." He has also coined a memorable comparison of India's "thali" to the American "melting pot": "If America is a melting pot, then to me India is a thali - a selection of sumptuous dishes in different bowls. Each tastes different, and does not necessarily mix with the next, but they belong together on the same plate, and they complement each other in making the meal a satisfying repast.". (Other quotes in Wikiquote.)
Tharoor's first wife was Tilottama Mukherji, a granddaughter of Kailashnath Katju, an academic from Kolkata., who is now a humanities professor at New York University. They have two sons, Kanishk and Ishan. Ishaan is a senior editor with the Time magazine, Kanishk is associate editor at openDemocracy.net. Later he married Christa Giles, a Canadian diplomat working at the United Nations. After their divorce, Tharoor married Sunanda Pushkar in his ancestral home in Elavanchery village in Kerala's Palakkad district on August 2010. On 17 Jan 2014 Sunanda aged 52, was found dead at The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
A theatre buff in his school days, he played Antony to Mira Nair’s Cleopatra in a 1974 production of Antony and Cleopatra. At St. Stephen’s in the early 1970s he founded the Quiz Club, which is still in existence; he also revived the Wodehouse Society, which is no longer in existence. Upon election as President of the College Union he relinquished the Secretaryship of the History Society as well as the editorship of the campus humour magazine “Kooler Talk.” He was invited by St. Stephen’s College to deliver the college’s 125th Anniversary Jubilee Lecture in 2005.
He has been an elected Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities during 1995-96 and a member of the Advisory Board of the Indo-American Arts Council and also served on the Board of Directors of Breakthrough, an international human rights organization, the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, and as an International Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross. He also supported various educational causes, including as Patron of Gems Modern Academy in Dubai.
At the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1976, he founded and was the first chair of the editorial board of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, a journal examining issues in international relations.
Honors, awards and international recognition
- 1976 - Wins the Rajika Kripalani Young Journalist Award for the Best Indian Journalist under 30.
- 1990 – Wins the Federation of Indian Publishers' Hindustan Times Literary Award for the Best Book of the Year for The Great Indian Novel.
- 1991 – His book The Great Indian Novel wins the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best Book of the Year in the Eurasian Region.
- 1998 – Awarded the Excelsior Award for excellence in literature by the Association of Indians in America (AIA) and the Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP).
- 2000 – Conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in International Affairs by the University of Puget Sound
- 1998 – Named Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
- 2004 – Awarded the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India’s highest honour for non-resident Indians. But did not accept it at the time owing to UN rules prohibiting acceptance of governmental honours.
- 2007 – Went on to accept the award after having resigned from the position of Under Secretary General at the UN.
- 2008 – Conferred a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the University of Bucharest, Romania.
- 2009 – Awarded the Zakir Hussain Memorial "Pride of India" Award.
- 2009 – Awarded GQ's Inspiration of the Year Award at its Man of the Year Awards.
- 2009 – Presented with the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration by the Maharana of Udaipur.
- 2010 – Awarded the Sarva Deshiya Prathibha award by the Pazhassiraja Charitable Trust, Kozhikode.
- March 2010 – Awarded "New Age Politician of the Year" Award by NDTV at its Indian of the Year awards.
- 2010 – Awarded the Fifth IILM Distinguished Global Thinker Award in New Delhi
- 2010 – Awarded Digital person of the year at the first ever Indian Digital Media Awards (IDMA) for popularising the digital medium in India
- 2013 - Awarded First Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular and Peace Award at Thiruvananthapuram.
- 2013 - PETA's "Person of the Year"
- The Great Indian Novel (1989)
- The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories (1990)
- Show Business (1992)
- Riot (2001)
- Reasons of State (1985)
- India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997)
- Nehru: The Invention of India (2003)
- Bookless in Baghdad (2005)
- The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India - The Emerging 21st-Century Power (2007)
- Shadows Across the Playing Field: Sixty Years of India-Pakistan Cricket (2009)(along with Shaharyar Khan)
- Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century (2012) 
- Kerala: God’s own country (2002) (along with artist M.F. Husain)
- Inde (in French) or India (in English) (2008) along with photographer Ferrante Ferranti
- "Sunanda Pushkar Found Dead At Leela Hotel In Delhi". Mumbai Voice.
- Appointment Of Shashi Tharoor As Under-Secretary-General For Communications And Public Information Confirmed By Secretary-General
- Detailed Profile - Dr. Shashi Tharoor - Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India
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- http://www.campionschool.in/alumni/distinguished-alumni.asp?fw=7 Notable Alumni | Campion School
- "The Hindu News Update Service". Chennai, India: Hindu.com. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
- "Tufts Alumni bio". Tufts Alumni. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
- "Shashi Tharoor – Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information". United Nations.
- "U.N. to hold anti-Semitism conference". Jewishaz.com. 18 June 2004. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
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- "Ten Stories The World Should Hear More About". Un.org. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
- "UN Under Secy General Shashi Tharoor resigns". Rediff.com.
- Warren Hoge (29 September 2006). "South Korean Favored to Win Top Job at U.N.". The New York Times.
- "Tharoor "deeply honoured" by nomination". Zee News.
- "Secretary-General Watch: Choosing Kofi Annan's Successor". Unwatch.org. 19 October 2006.
- "Personality: Tharoor – Indian Nominee for UN top post". People's Daily.
- "Ban takes 1st Straw Poll". UNSG.org. 24 July 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2006.
- "Ban firms up lead in second Straw Poll". UNSG.org. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2006.
- "Ban slips but holds, Vike Freiberga pushes into third". UNSG.org. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2006.
- "Ban Ki-moon wins". UNSG.org. 2 October 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2006.
- "US veto ends Shashi Tharoor's run for top job at the UN". DNA India.
- "India names Shashi Tharoor for UN secy-general’s post". The Financial Express.
- "Biography – Dag Hammarskjöld". Nobelprize.org.
- "Shashi Tharoor to be inducted in government?". DNA Daily News and Analysis. 16 February 2007.
- Entries from LAist tagged with '2007/02/20/top_5_candidates_for_usc_annenberg_dean'
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- "Shashi Tharoor now a member of the THIGJ Advisory Council". www.thigj.org http://www.thehagueinstituteforglobaljustice.org/index.php?page=News-News_articles-Recent-Shashi_Tharoor_now_a_member_of_the_THIGJ_Advisory_Council&pid=138&id=32. 17 October 2012.
- "Congress ticket for Shashi Tharoor". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- Shashi Tharoor- 1 lakh followers on Twitter
- "Indian minister Tharoor quits over cricket money claims". BBC News. 18 April 2010.
- "Tharoor nominated for Parliamentary committee". India Blooms.
- "Austere Ministers: Krishna at Maurya, Tharoor at Taj". The Indian Express. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
- "I am spending my own savings — Tharoor tweets". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
- "Quit Expensive Hotel Suites, India’s Mukherjee Tells Colleagues". Bloomberg. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
- "Krishna, Tharoor move out of 5-star accommodation". Press Trust of India. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
- "Shashi Tharoor taunts about austerity through Twitter, Congress not happy". Headlines India. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
- "Cong may take action against Shashi Tharoor for austerity taunt". Samay Live. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
- "Tharoor's taunt on austerity drive angers Congress". Headlines India. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
- "Tharoor's tweet: People should work on Gandhi Jayanti". Times of India. 2 October 2009.
- "Relaxation in 60-day Visa rule". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 1 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
- "Statement by dr shashi tharoor". Retrieved 10 January 2010.
- "Manmohan arrives after historic Saudi visit". Samay Live.
- "Saudi role in Indo-Pak talks? Tharoor sets off row". Times of India. 1 March 2010.
- "BJP demands clarification from Prime Minister over Tharoor's 'interlocutor' remarks". oneindia.com.
- "India seeks Saudi Arabia help to improve ties with Pakistan". The Pakistani Newspaper. 1 March 2010.
- "Shashi Tharoor violates rules to become Indian voter". keralawatch.com.
- "Lalit Modi tweets about Kochi IPL Shareholders". breakingnewsonline.net.
- Nandgaonkar, Satish (15 April 2010). "Sweat claim turns up heat". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India).
- "Jammu to Dubai to Delhi: Who is Sunanda Pushkar whose stake is worth Rs 70 crore?". Indian Express.
- "Official statement by Shashi Tharoor on the IPL allegation". NDTV.
- "I am not a proxy for Tharoor: Sunanda Pushkar". Economic Times. 14 April 2010.[dead link]
- "Politics/Nation". The Times Of India. 16 April 2010.[dead link]
- "Left parties demand Shashi Tharoor's resignation". Daily News & Analysis. Apr 14, 2010.
- "Sunanda's surrender of sweat equity seen as "admission of guilt"". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 18 April 2010.
- "Pushkar has to pay tax on sweat equity".
- Tehelka - India's Independent Weekly News Magazine
- "What marked tharoor's dead end".
- "Sunanda Pushkar, Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife found dead at five-star Delhi hotel". Retrieved 17 January 2014.
- "About Shashi | Shashi Tharoor". Tharoor.in. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- Newspaper Circulation
- "Gentleman (magazine) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- Shashi Tharoor (10 October 2012). "Book review: ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers,’ by Katherine Boo". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- Tharoor, Shashi (2004-10-24). "No great sheiks - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- Former UN diplomat Tharoor to deliver Hesburgh Lectures Kyle Chamberlin April 10, 2007 http://news.nd.edu/news/8766-former-un-diplomat-tharoor-to-deliver-hesburgh-lectures/
- The Great Indian Novel, Viking: London, 1989, pg. 18
- The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone, Viking: New Delhi, 2007, pg. 62
- "Shashi Tharoor to marry third time". Times of India. 13 April 2010.
- Tharoor & the tale of ex and estranged spouses, Neha Tara Mehta, India Topday, April 14, 2010 http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/Tharoor+&+the+tale+of+ex+and+estranged+spouses/1/92750.html
- Welcome to the family, Amma', Tharoor's sons welcome Sunanda Pushkar, Mid-Day.com, August 23, 2010 http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/welcome-to-the-family-amma-tharoor-s-sons-welcome-sunanda-46502
- Ishaan Tharoor http://world.time.com/author/itharoor
- Kanishka Tharoor http://www.theguardian.com/profile/kanishk-tharoor
- "Shashi Tharoor". Ekikrat. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
- "Shashi Tharoor married Sunanda Pushkar in Kerala. Su nanda died on 17 January , 2014 who was found in Hotel leela in Delhi India. Tharoor has twin sons, Ishaan Taroor, Kanishk Taroor and Shiva menon son of Sunanda.". WorldSnap. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
- "Shashi Tharoor was my Antony: Mira Nair interview". February 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- http://ase.tufts.edu/chemistry/kumar/ssc/html/SSCN/5.html. Missing or empty
- The Atlantic Companion to Literature in English Ed. Mohit K. Ray, Atlantic Publishers & Dist, Sep 1, 2007, p. 524
- "In cooperation with UNU-P&G, United States Institute of Peace, and Cambridge University Press:". United Nations University Office at the United Nations. Archived from the original on 9 June 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2007.
- Gita Rajan. Jaina C. Sanga, ed. South Asian Novelists in English: An A-To-Z Guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 308. ISBN 0-313-31885-9.
- "Tharoor honoured with Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award". The Hindustan Times. 9 May 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2007.
- "Pazhassi awards announced". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 1 December 2009.
- "Dr Shashi Tharoor receives the Fifth IILM Distinguished Global Thinker Award, 2010". India PR Wire.
- "IDMA 2010: G2 Direct & Digital, Tata Tea, Anil Ambani, Shashi Tharoor among host of winners". exchange4media Mumbai Bureau.
- "Shashi Tharoor PETA's 'person of the year'," The Economic Times27 December 2013.
- Shashi Tharoor. The Great Indian Novel. Arcade Publishing. p. 423. ISBN 1-55970-194-3.
- Shashi Tharoor. The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories. Arcade Pub. p. 175. ISBN 1-55970-225-7.
- Shashi Tharoor. Show Business. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. p. 320. ISBN 1-61145-407-7.
- Shashi Tharoor (2001). Riot. Arcade Publishing. p. 272. ISBN 1-55970-605-8.
- Shashi Tharoor (1982). Reasons of state: political development and India's foreign policy under Indira Gandhi. Vikas Pub. House. p. 438. ISBN 0-7069-1275-6.
- Shashi Tharoor. India: From Midnight To The Millennium and Beyond. Arcade Publishing. p. 420. ISBN 1-55970-803-4.
- Shashi Tharoor. Nehru: The Invention Of India. Arcade Publishing. p. 282. ISBN 1-55970-697-X.
- Shashi Tharoor. Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. p. 288. ISBN 1-61145-408-5.
- Shashi Tharoor. The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India - The Emerging 21st-Century Power. W W Norton & Company Incorporated. p. 512. ISBN 1-61145-393-3.
- Shashi Tharoor, Shaharyar Mohammed Khan (2009). Shadows Across the Playing Field: 60 Years of India-Pakistan Cricket. Roli Books. p. 189. ISBN 81-7436-718-7.
- Shashi Tharoor (2012). Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century. Penguin Books India. p. 456. ISBN 9780670085743. Unknown parameter
- Shashi Tharoor, Maqbul Fida Husain. Kerala, God's own country. Books Today. p. 57. ISBN 81-87478-43-8.
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