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journalist , state official , author

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. Son of Chandran and Lily (Menon) Tharoor. came to the United States, 1989.


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.



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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, writing, cricket, theatre.


Married Tilottama Mukherii, 1977 (divorced 2000). Children: Ishaan, Kanishk. Married Christa Giles, 2007.

Chandran Tharoor

Lily (Menon) Tharoor

Tilottama Mukherii

Christa Giles

Ishaan Tharoor

Kanishk Tharoor