Dr.Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds
Born in London in 1956, Dr. Tharoor was educated in India and the United States, completing a
PhD in 1978 at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he received the Robert B. Stewart
Prize for Best Student.Dr. Tharoor was also awarded an honorary D.Litt by the University of Puget
Sound and a Doctorate Honoris Causa in History by the University of Bucharest. In 1998 the World
Economic Forum in Davos named him a Global Leader of Tomorrow. He is also a recipient of
several other prestigious awards. During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United
Nations, he served as at the highest levels in the organization.
Prior to embarking on his political career, Shashi Tharoor also served on the Board of various
prestigious institutions & associations.
After an illustrious career at the United Nations Dr. Tharoor returned to India and was elected to
Parliament in 2009. He worked in very senior capacities with various Government bodies.
Currently a second-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, he has previously served as
Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in
the Government of India.Dr. Tharoor is also an award-winning author of works of both fiction as
well as non-fiction.. Dr. Tharoor was also a pioneer in using social media as an instrument of
political interaction with more than 4.2 million followers.