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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor, American state official, author, journalist. Named a Global Leader of Tomorrow, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 1998; recipient Excelsior award for excellence in literature, Association Indians in America/Network Indian Profls., 1998, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, Ministry Overseas Indian Affairs, 2004, Hakim Khan Sur award, City of Udaipur, India, 2009, Zakir Hussain Memorial Pride of India award, 2009.


  • Tharoor, Shashi was born on March 9, 1956 in London. Arrived in United States, 1975. Son of Chandran and Lily (Menon) Tharoor.

  • Education

    • Bachelor with honors, Delhi University, 1975. Master of Arts, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, 1976. Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, 1977.

      Doctor of Philosophy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, 1978. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Puget Sound, 2000. Doctor (honorary), University Bucharest, 2008.


    • External affairs officer United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Geneva, 1978-1981, head sub-office and representative Singapore, 1981-1984, deputy chief of secretariat Geneva, 1984—1987, executive assistant to the deputy high commissioner, 1987-1989. Special assistant to under-secretary general for peace-keeping United Nations, New York City, 1989—1996, principal officer department peace-keeping operations, 1995-1996, executive assistant to the sec-general, 1997-1998, director communications and special projects, Office of Secretary-General, 1998—2001, interim head of department of public information, 2001—2002, under-secretary general for communications & public information, 2002—2007. Minister of state for external affairs Parliament of India, 2009—2010.

      Fellow New York Institute Humanities.


    • Nehru: The Invention Of India
    • The author of India: From Midnight to the Millennium provides a close-up portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, the influential politician who led his newly independent nation from colonialism into the modern world, and his lasting legacy in terms of India's history and world ro
    • Nehru: The Invention of India
    • Shashi Tharoor delivers an incisive biography of the great secularist who—alongside his spiritual father, Mahatma Gandhi—led the movement for India’s independence from British rule and ushered his newly independent country into the modern world.
    • The Five Dollar Smile: And Other Stories
    • This touching and funny collection of stories showcases Tharoor’s daunting literary acumen, as well as the keen sensitivity that informs his ability to write profoundly and entertainingly on themes ranging from family conflict to death.


    Denomination: Hindu


    Co-founder, managing trustee Chandran Tharoor Foundation. Board trustees Aspen Institute, Colorado. Patron Dubai Modern School.

    Member advisory board American India Foundation. Advisor International Committee of Red Cross, Geneva. Board overseers Fletcher School Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University.

    Member advisory board Indo-American Arts Council, Virtue Foundation.



    Reading, writing, cricket, theater.


    • Married Tilottama Mukherii, 1977 (divorced 2000). Children: Ishaan, Kanishk. Married Christa Giles, 2007.
    • father: Chandran Tharoor
    • mother: Lily (Menon) Tharoor
    • spouses: Tilottama Mukherii
    • Christa Giles
    • children: Ishaan Tharoor
    • Kanishk Tharoor
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    Born March 9, 1956
    (age 61)
    • 1975
      Delhi University
    • 1976
      Tufts University
    • 1977
      Tufts University
    • 1978
      Tufts University
    • 2008
      University Bucharest
    • 1978 - 1981
      External affairs officer, United Nations High Commission for Refugees
      Geneva, Illinois, United States
    • 1984 - 1987
      External affairs officer, United Nations High Commission for Refugees
    • 1989 - 1996
      special assistant, to under-secretary general for peace-keeping United Nations
    • 2002 - 2007
      special assistant, to under-secretary general for peace-keeping United Nations
    • 2009 - 2010
      minister of state for external affairs Parliament of India
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