On Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, SAJA hosted a Newsmaker Conversation with Shashi Tharoor at Columbia Journalism School attended by more than 200 people from all over the city. The conversation was moderated by SAJA Board member and freelance writer Aseem Chhabra (@chhabs).
Tharoor, a long-time New Yorker and frequent SAJA speaker, is a member of India's Parliament and former minister; author of 12 books; former Under-Secretary General, United Nations. More on him at http://tharoor.in * his Twitter feed is @ShashiTharoor (he has the largest Twitter following in India)
In this rare return visit to NYC, he discussed his experiences in government, his take on
Indo-US relations, his writing career and much more... You can see a video clip below, along with audio clips of the entire conversation.
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Shashi Tharoor discusses his career at the United Nations. He also talks about India's role in the US-led war in the Middle East.
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Shashi discusses how a strong relationship with the US serves India's pragmatic interests. He also speaks frankly about the experience of running as a politician in Kerala.
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Since becoming a member of parliament in India, Shashi offers a light-hearted account of the difficult lessons he learned along the way, including the infamous "cattle class" statement that drew him national attention. Finally, we hear about why he is tweeting less these days.
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Shashi talks about what it takes to be a successful politician in India, and some of his side projects.
Audio produced by Kumutha Ramanathan.