Friday, March 20, 2009

Meet Dr Shashi Tharoor, Congress Candidate from Trivandum Lok Sabha Constituency

Dr Shashi Tharoor's website for his election campaign in Trivandrum

"Campaign Journal from Shashi Tharoor" in The Huffington Post

I must say I am feeling proud to be born in Trivandrum – a genius like Dr Shashi Tharoor is the candidate of Congress from Trivandrum Lok Sabha Constituency. It is such a rare thing in India that such a genius is contesting an election. People like Dr Tharoor usually take the short cut to the Indian Parliament – getting themselves elected to the Rajya Sabha. He could have easily done that considering his closeness to the ruling establishment. But Dr Tharoor preferred to face the people from his home state to reach the Indian parliament rather than take the short cut to reach the temple of the largest democracy. 

What makes him stand out from others? It may be the first time (after K R Narayanan, former President of India) that a man who has been internationally acclaimed as a diplomat and writer at such an age is contesting a parliamentary election. Let us see the accomplishment of Dr Tharoor who was born on 9th March 1956. 

  • PhD from  The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Massachusetts at the age of 22, where he received the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student. He also has two Master’s degrees from the same school.
  • At Fletcher, Dr Tharoor helped found and was the first Editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs, a journal now in its 31st year. 
  • Worked with UN High Commissioner for Refugees heading its Singapore office.
  • Coordinated the peace keeping operations in the former Yugoslavia as a senior official at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1989 to 1996.
  • Worked as Executive Assistant to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan from 1997 to 98.
  • Worked as interim head of the Department of Public Information from January 2001 to June 2002 and as Under Secretary for Communication and Public Information till 2003.
  • Worked as UN Under Secretary General till he resigned on February 9th, 2007.
  • India’s candidate for UN Secretary General and came second to the present UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
  • In just 23 years he rose to the highest possible rank in UN as that of Under-Secretary-General. 

The above work is sufficient for a common man to keep himself busy. But Dr Tharoor even with his busy schedule had time to write nine books and wrote hundreds of articles, book reviews in wide range of publications that include Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Times of India, etc.  He has authored a fortnightly column in The Hindu since April 2001 and for Times of India since January 2007. 

He is not only an efficient administrator and a writer but also a great orator. As a student he used to win all the debate competitions around. Here is a video of Dr Tharoor in a function in US talking about the unique levels of pluralism evident in Indian culture and government. See how elegantly, strongly and in simple language – the qualities required for a great orator – he put across his views. 


Another video of Dr Tharoor. Here he examines worldwide interest in the U.S. 2008 Presidential elections, and discusses the global ramifications of an Obama Presidency in a speech he delivered in Fall of last year before Obama won his election. 


Now that he decided to contest the elections what are his chances to win? The selection of an “outsider”, as local party leaders call Dr Tharoor, has not gone well with the Congress leaders. Even when his name was going rounds as a potential candidate few local Youth Congress leaders burned his effigy in front of the state Congress office. Now that Dr Tharoor has got the nomination from Congress High Command, he has his job cut out. He has to gather all his organizational skills he learned and practiced in the UN to bring all the local Congress supporters to work for him. With the talent Dr Tharoor possesses I am sure he will be able to do it. 

Humble request to all the voters of Trivandrum – Let us forget all differences – differences based on religion, caste, political ideology, social status and work together for the victory of Dr Shashi Tharoor. We have sent “practicing politicians” to the parliament for the last sixty years. Let us give this genius a chance and see how he performs.

Visit Dr Shashi Tharoor's website for his election campaign in Trivandrum

Vision Statement from Shashi Tharoor for the future of Trivandrum in Malayalam 

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Blogger :) said...

March 19, 2009 6:21 PM  
Anonymous VJ said...

haha :)) this is the biggest absurdity! i have seeen more to come i guess :)

March 19, 2009 7:02 PM  
Blogger Ajaypp said...

Could be salvation for us after years of electing the least-worst candidate. Hope he doesn't get swept away in the under-tows of politics.

March 19, 2009 7:54 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Hope for the first time in the history (to my understanding) sensible voters can cast their ballots with some pride and sense of exercising their right.
Sorry VJ, Pity on your political outlook.
I don't know y u considered this post to be an absurdity. if u can please include your views. Let the readers have some idea about your enlightening..

March 19, 2009 10:45 PM  
Blogger Babin said...

I have a feeling he is going to the next foreign minister ... that is of course he and congress made it...

March 20, 2009 1:19 AM  
Anonymous VJ said...

thank you for your opinion!..
well see how is at th receiving end of pity.. :)

March 20, 2009 3:41 AM  
Anonymous sandeep said...

he looks kinda funny in that attire ... isnt it :)

its a pity that malayalis being famous for their prejudice against anything remotely "capitalist", most people will forget dr. tharoor's achievements and brilliance. all they'll remember is that he was involved in a controversy regarding our national anthem :(

March 20, 2009 5:15 AM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

He is promising, sure.

Remains to be seen how he, as an individual is going to perform within the rotting system and that too in a corrupt party like the INC. I'll keep my fingers crossed...

All the best to Tharoor anyway.

March 20, 2009 7:55 AM  
Blogger silverine said...

Wish he had stood as an independent candidate though. Anyway great to see him enter politics. I hope someone launches an Internet campaign to support him. Count on my support if you do!

March 21, 2009 6:39 AM  
Blogger Nikhil Narayanan said...

Trivandrum could not have asked for a better candidate.
Hope he wins and does the best he can.


March 21, 2009 5:54 PM  

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