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Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, MP from the Trivandrum constituency, Former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs


Shashi Tharoor served as the UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information between June 2002 and February 2007, during the term of Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the United Nations. In 2006, he was the official candidate of India for the office of United Nations Secretary-General, and came second out of seven official candidates in the race. He is also a prolific author, columnist, journalist, human-rights advocate, humanitarian and adviser or fellow of various institutions, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Aspen Institute, and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

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 Absolutely, (I will travel) in cattle class out of solidarity with all our holy cows. 
— Shashi Tharoor / September 17, 2009
 I am very happy to be here. This is a ministry that I have had very very good, constructive and positive dealings with for many many years and to be part of this is a real privilege 
— Shashi Tharoor / May 29, 2009
 I have not had any chance to be briefed on anything. I need to learn before I speak 
— Shashi Tharoor / May 29, 2009
 India's place in the world is of great importance. India is a country which for the longest period of time, since the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, has had an honoured place in the world ......And I wish to make my own contribution for strengthening... 
— Shashi Tharoor / May 29, 2009
 It was an extraordinary moment to have the PM come on phone and speak and then handover the phone to UPA chairperson Mrs (Sonia) Gandhi who also spoke 
— Shashi Tharoor / May 27, 2009

 Everything will be a challenge and one must be flexible 
— Shashi Tharoor / May 27, 2009
 This is a government that is determined to act and the leadership clearly wants to be a very strong team around it and I think it is a privilege to be one of them 
— Shashi Tharoor on the newly formed government / May 27, 2009
 I am simply going to wait to know where I am assigned and whichever ministry it is one has the duty to do one's very best and I will do so. 
— Shashi Tharoor / May 27, 2009
 I think more or less this will be my dress in Parliament 
— Shashi Tharoor sharing a light moment with the press / May 25, 2009
 I have shared my worry with Veerappa Moily, who is also a writer. But he said that he manages to devote some time to write despite his busy schedule 
— Shashi Tharoor / May 25, 2009