Shashi Tharoor: A real prodigy who managed to get 3 degrees within a span of 3 years

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Tharoor began writing at the age of 6, and his first published story appeared in The Free Press Journal, in Mumbai, when he was just 10.
Tharoor began writing at the age of 6, and his first published story appeared in The Free Press Journal, in Mumbai, when he was just 10.

Shashi Tharoor, the most popular member of India’s parliament, after the prime minister, Narendra Modi, delivers almost the same speech from almost every platform, in describing “his” India.

  • Born in London, Tharoor was a theatre buff in his school days. While in school, he played Antony to Mira Nair’s Cleopatra in a 1974 production of Antony and Cleopatra.
  • Tharoor began writing at the age of 6, and his first published story appeared in The Free Press Journal, in Mumbai, when he was just 10.

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    shashi-Tharoor
  • Tharoor is an arts graduate from St. Stephen’s College where his contemporary included historian Ramachandra Guha; politician Salman Khurshid; film-maker Rajiv Mehrotra; the quiz master Siddhartha Basu; and the novelists Amitav Ghosh, Rukun Advani, and Anurag Mathur.
  • In the year 1975, Tharoor obtained his MA and MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and was awarded the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student.
  • At Fletcher, he was the first editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs.
  • He has also been awarded an honorary D. Litt by the University of Puget Sound
  • Tharoor completed his PhD at the age of 22.
  • Tharoor’s career began in the year 1978 as a staff member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.
  • From 1981 until 1984 he was head of the UNHCR office in Singapore.

    Shashi-Tharoor: on twitter
    Shashi-Tharoor: on Twitter
  • In the year 1989, he was appointed a special assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs.
  • In 1996, Tharoor was appointed the executive assistant to the then Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
  • In January 2001, as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, he was responsible for the United Nations’ communications strategy, enhancing the image and effectiveness of the organisation.
  • At UN, he organised and conducted the first-ever UN seminar on anti-Semitism, the first-ever UN seminar on Islamophobia after the September 11 attacks.
  • In 2006, he was nominated for the post of UN Secretary-General. Tharoor finished second, behind Ban Ki-moon.
  • Had he been elected as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the then 50-year-old would have been the second-youngest Secretary-General.
  • He was India’s most-followed politician on Twitter until 2013. He was overtaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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    Tharoor
  • That Shashi Tharoor was a real prodigy who managed to get 3 degrees – 2 masters and a PhD – all within a span of just 3 years. In fact, Tharoor is the youngest person in the history of the Fletcher School to be awarded a doctorate.
  • Tharoor has been a columnist in The Hindu newspaper (2001-2008), The Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, the Gentleman magazine, and the Indian Express.
  • Some of his authored books include The Great Indian Novel, The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories, Show Business, and Riot.

 

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