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India and the World

Post by: Shakti Shetty















The role of India’s relations with other nations has been highly interactive in the last couple of years. It is evident in its stance with relentless economic growth, nuclear power, its adoption of diplomacy and its interaction with countries such as the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, and many others. Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor explores why India’s international relations matter and the best way forward.



This work of non-fiction work is pretty grave as the subject emphasizes on India's foreign politics. Interestingly, this is the first time the MP from Thiruvananthapuram has touched on a topic very close to his heart. After all, he has spent more than three decades serving in the UN as a diplomat before plunging into Indian politics. His immense experience as a globetrotting bureaucrat gives you a ringside view of how things are. Foreign policies are not too foreign to common individuals as they ultimately affect each one of us. And when a person like Tharoor is suggesting an idea, one’s got to pay attention.



In a nation with dismal citizenry like India, there is no dearth of politicians who’d make the most of the spoil. This is precisely where Tharoor holds his own view. He has been a busy MP no doubt but while he is at it, he constantly voices his opinion about the national consciousness. He does it via tweets, his columns and his occasional yet celebrated books. Although he might across as a champion of the middle class, he speaks for everyone. And he knows what he is talking about.



There is an interesting story about Shashi Tharoor which in all probability must be true. It goes like this: he completed his PhD (at the age of 22) on a Friday, left the U.S. on Saturday, reached Geneva on Sunday and joined the U.N office on Monday. Tharoor has been working since then. He’s 56 now but his puffy eyes don’t do much to his gorgeous face that commands attention; especially when he begins to talk. Being a good orator, his trains of thoughts know where to halt and where to speed. His conversation is laced with punctuations as if the air surrounding him demands pause at the precise moment.



Despite armed with such a sharp tongue, it is surprising how Tharoor got entangled in back-to-back controversies. Let’s blame it on Twitter. But then, he’s pretty active on the social media and thus there is no point in chastising him. Ergo, he knows what he is doing. He was the Minister of State for External Affairs and was on his way to becoming the youngest foreign minister of the country before the IPL fiasco (not to mention, a tweet by Lalit Modi) claimed his position in the cabinet.

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