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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Writing for PS since 2002
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Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, is an MP for the Indian National Congress. He is the author, most recently, of Pride, Prejudice and Punditry: The Essential Shashi Tharoor (Aleph Book Company, 2021).

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  1. The Indian Diaspora Has Arrived
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    The Indian Diaspora Has Arrived

    Nov 7, 2022 Shashi Tharoor reflects on what's driving the growing economic and political clout of emigrants from the subcontinent.

  2. Can India’s Oldest Party Reinvent Itself?
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    Can India’s Oldest Party Reinvent Itself?

    Oct 14, 2022 Shashi Tharoor explains how the main opposition Congress party can energize supporters and galvanize young voters.

  3. India’s Long Infatuation with Russia Must End
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    India’s Long Infatuation with Russia Must End

    Sep 12, 2022 Shashi Tharoor argues that an increasingly China-dependent Kremlin has become a highly unreliable partner.

  4. Modi’s Damaging Dominance
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    Modi’s Damaging Dominance

    Aug 8, 2022 Shashi Tharoor acknowledges the Indian prime minister’s success at amassing power, but doubts he will ever use it wisely.

  5. Are the BRICS Breaking Up?
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    Are the BRICS Breaking Up?

    Jul 7, 2022 Shashi Tharoor explains India’s unease at the five-country bloc’s current direction and possible enlargement.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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