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Shashi TharoorAn author, politician, and former international civil servant
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Dr Tharoor is an Indian politician and a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs.
He previously served as the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information and as the Minister of State for the Ministry of External Affairs.
Until 2007, he was a career official at the United Nations, rising to the rank of Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information in 2001.
He is also a prolific author, columnist, journalist and a human rights advocate. He has authored 16 bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction since 1981, all of which are centred on India and its history, culture, film, politics, society and foreign policy.