Shashi Tharoor

Author: Shashi Tharoor

Profile: Shashi Tharoor is a writer, an Indian politician and a former international diplomat who has been serving in the Lok Sabha representing Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala as a Member of Parliament, since 2009. He was the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations formerly and in 2006 contested for the post of Secretary-General. He is born in London and completed his education at the Fletcher School. He has attained the honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa in History from University of Bucharest and Honorary Doctor of Letters in International Affairs from University of Puget Sound. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi nominated Shashi Tharoor as a celebrity to spread awareness regarding sanitation, hygiene and cleanliness and make Swachh Bharat Mission a movement of the people.

Shashi Tharoor had a career as an official in the United Nations. He is a Lok Sabha Minister of Parliament, currently. He writes, India Reawakening, a monthly column which is published all around the world in eighty newspapers.

Writing style: Right from the tender age of six years Shashi Tharoor started writing books and by the age of ten he started publishing his books. Books written by Shashi Tharoor are an authority on atrocities by the British in India.

Published Texts:


1989 – The Great Indian Novel

1990 – The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories

1992 – Show Business

2001 – Riot


1985 – Reasons of State

1997 – India: From Midnight to the Millennium

2003 – Nehru: The Invention of India

2005 – Bookless in Baghdad

2007 – The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India – The Emerging 21st Century Power

2009 – Shadows Across the Playing Field: Sixty Years of India-Pakistan Cricket

2012 – Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century

2013 – India: the Future is Now

2015 – India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in our Time

2017 – Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India

2018 – Why I Am A Hindu

2018 – The Paradoxical Prime Minister

2019 – The Hindu Way

2020 – The New World Disorder and the Indian Imperative

Illustrated Books

2002 – Kerala: God’s own country

2009 – Inde (in French) or India (in English)

Awards and Acknowledgements:

The Government of Spain conferred the Civilian Honor to Shashi Tharoor, when he was Ambassador of Spain to India.

1976 – Rajika Kripalani Young Journalist Award (for the Best Indian Journalist under 30)

1990 – Federation of Indian Publishers’ Hindustan Times Literary Award for the Best Book of the Year for The Great Indian Novel

1991 – Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best Book of the Year in the Eurasian Region, for The Great Indian Novel

1998 – Excelsior Award for excellence in literature, Association of Indians in America (AIA) and the Network Indian Professionals

1998 – Global Leader of Tomorrow, World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

2004 – Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, highest honor for non-resident Indians given in India

2009 – Zakir Hussain Memorial “Pride of India’ Award

2009 – Inspiration of the Year Award at GQ’s Man of the Year Awards

2009 – Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration, Maharana of Udaipur

2010 – Sarva Deshiya Pratibha Award, Pazhassiraja Charitable Trust, Kozhikode

2010 – “New Age Politician of the Year” Award, at NDTV’s Indian of the Year Awards

2010 – Fifth IILM Distinguished Global Thinker Award, New Delhi

2010 – Digital person of the year, Indian Digital Media Awards (IDMA) for popularizing the digital medium in India.

2012 – Spain: Commander of the Order of Charles III by King of Spain

2013 – First Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular and Peace Award at Thiruvananthapuram

2013 – Person of the Year by PETA

2019 – Sahitya Akademi Award for his book, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India

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