Home / Front Page/ Dr. Shashi Tharoor to speak at PM’s book launch

Dr. Shashi Tharoor to speak at PM’s book launch


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:10


A compelling and eloquent speaker and award-winning author, Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and India’s nominee for the UN top job, will be in Colombo next week. 

It was a veto by the United States that ended Shashi Tharoor’s run for the top job at the United Nations. Untitled-7

The former Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs will be in Colombo next week to speak at the launch of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s biography - authored by Dinesh Weerakkody - at the BMICH. He will speak on ‘Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and China’.

Dr. Tharoor is currently an MP for the Indian National Congress and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. 

Tharoor is an acclaimed writer, having authored 15 bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction since 1981, all of which are centered on India and its history, culture, film, politics, society, foreign policy and more. 

He is also the author of hundreds of columns and articles in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek and The Times of India. He was a contributing editor for Newsweek International for two years. From 2010-2012, he wrote a column in The Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle. 

Tharoor is a globally-recognised speaker on India’s economics and politics, as well as on the freedom of the press, human rights, Indian culture and international affairs. In 1998 the World Economic Forum in Davos named him a ‘Global Leader of Tomorrow’. He is also a recipient of several awards that include a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India’s highest honour for overseas nationals. 

In 2012 the King of Spain awarded him the Encomienda de la Real Order Espanola de Carlos III. Among numerous other awards are one for ‘New Age Politician of the Year’ from NDTV, the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration and the Priyadarshini Award for Excellence in Diplomacy.


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme


Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall


When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be


A stable democracy is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of Sri Lankans

Thursday, 15 November 2018

In Sri Lanka, despite the complexity of overlapping policies, the slow pace in implementing economic policies has been of central concern in the past few years. The current political state in Sri Lanka poses a series of e


Columnists More