Profession: Diplomat, Politician, Writer
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Mother of Shashi Tharoor
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Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan
Son of Shashi Tharoor
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Awards/Nominations of Shashi Tharoor
Rajika Kripalani Young Journalist Award for the Best Indian Journalist under 30 in 1976.
Federation of Indian Publishers' Hindustan Times Literary Award for the Best Book of the Year for The Great Indian Novel in 1990.
His book The Great Indian Novel carried off the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Best Book of the Year in the Eurasian Region in 1991.
Excelsior Award for Excellence in the literature by the Association of Indians in America in 1998.
Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 1998.
Awards won by Tharoor in early 21st Century
The Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in International Affairs from the University of Puget Sound in 2000.
Prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honor for non-resident Indians in 2004.
Doctorate Honoris Causa by the University of Bucharest, Romania in 2008.
Zakir Hussain Memorial "Pride of India" Award in 2009.
GQ's Inspiration of the Year Award at its Man of the Year Awards in 2009.
Sarva Deshiya Prathibha award by the Pazhassiraja Charitable Trust, Kozhikode in 2010.
"New Age Politician of the Year" Award by NDTV at its Indian of the Year awards in 2010.
Fifth IILM Distinguished Global Thinker Award in New Delhi in 2010.
Digital person of the year at the first ever Indian Digital Media Awards (IDMA) for popularizing the digital medium in India in 2010.
First Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular and Peace Award at Thiruvananthapuram in 2013.
PETA's "Person of the Year" in 2013.
Controversies of Shashi Tharoor
In September 2009, Shashi Tharoor was at the center of a controversy for staying at a five-star hotel for over three months at a time when the Government was talking about austerity.
Again in 2009, Tharoor commented on Twitter that he would travel 'cattle class' in solidarity with all our 'holy cows.' He was alleged to equate the travelling public to cattle.
Once on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, he said people should work rather than staying at home taking a holiday, thereby paying real homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
In January 2010, Tharoor disdained Nehru for his vision on Indian foreign policy by the Indian media. The critique angered his party, the Indian National Congress. After the controversy, he held a press conference describing the report as "inaccurate" and "tendentious".
In February 2010, he accompanied then Indian PM Manmohan Singh to Saudi Arabia where he said "We feel that Saudi Arabia has a long and close relationship with Pakistan, that makes Saudi Arabia, even more, a valuable interlocutor for us. When we tell them about our experience, Saudi Arabia listens as somebody who is not in any way an enemy of Pakistan, but a friend of Pakistan and, therefore, will listen with sympathy and concern to a matter of this nature".
In 2014, Tharoor backed up Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a social campaign initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Following this, the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee lodged a complaint against him to the Congress high command for his pro-Modi stance. Following this, Tharoor was dropped as the official spokesperson of the party.
In 2016, while speaking at JNU on nationalism, Tharoor compared Kanhaiya, a student charged with sedition, with Bhagat Singh, an Indian independence fighter. This comparison generated a great controversy, even the party distanced itself from Tharoor's views.
In May 2017, the Delhi police added Shashi Tharoor's name in the suspicious accuse in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.
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