Speaker - Shashi Tharoor

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Shashi Tharoor is an elected member of the Indian Parliament and former minister of state for external affairs. In 2007, he concluded a nearly 29-year career at the United Nations, including his role as undersecretary-general for communications and public information. In 2006, he was India's candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General and emerged a strong second out of seven contenders.

Tharoor is the prize-winning author of twelve books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the classic The Great Indian Novel; India: From Midnight to the Millennium; Nehru: The Invention of India; and The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone: Reflections on India in the 21st Century. A widely published critic, commentator, and columnist in publications including The Hindu, The Times of India, and Newsweek. He has won India's highest honor for overseas Indians, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, and numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He is a trustee of the Aspen Institute.

6 Programs

The Post-Bin Laden World

06.30.11 | 01:02:30 min | 2 comments

Geopolitics, Strategy and the Future with Henry Kissinger

03.03.09 | 01:02:08 min | 8 comments

Shashi Tharoor: Restoring America's Image in the World

07.21.08 | 01:10:33 min | 0 comments

Overcoming Extremism: Countering the Enabling Environment

10.22.07 | 01:43:30 min | 0 comments

The Elephant, The Tiger, and the Cell Phone

09.17.07 | 01:48:32 min | 2 comments

Aspen Ideas Festival Closing: What Can I Do?

07.08.07 | 00:58:34 min | 0 comments