Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician who is serving as an MP in Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He had also served as international Diplomat. He is a member of INC. He is also a writer and author for publications such as NY Times and TOI. Some of his books are 'The Great Indian Novel' and 'Why I Am A Hindu'. https://twitter.com/shashitharoor

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Suspended MPs protest overnight, Harivansh offers tea, PM lauds gesture

22 Sep 2020

Suspended MPs protest overnight, Harivansh offers tea, PM lauds gesture

Eight members of the Rajya Sabha, who were suspended by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Monday over the ruckus a day earlier, spent the night at the Parliament complex, continuing their protest over the passage of farm Bills.

In Congress rejig, Azad gets axed, team Rahul records gains

12 Sep 2020

In Congress rejig, Azad gets axed, team Rahul records gains

Before she is expected to fly to the US for her annual medical check-up, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday reshuffled the party's ranks, dropping veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as the General Secretary of AICC.

Letter writers dropped from Congress' A-teams formed for UP polls

07 Sep 2020

Letter writers dropped from Congress' A-teams formed for UP polls

Congress, eyeing a resurrection in politics, on Sunday evening announced seven committees for Uttar Pradesh polls, which are still two years away. Unsurprisingly, it handed over a major snub to notable leaders like Jitin Prasada and Raj Babbar, who had signed the letter to party President Sonia Gandhi demanding the party's re-haul.

Facebook bans BJP MLA after hate speech row intensifies

03 Sep 2020

Facebook bans BJP MLA after hate speech row intensifies

Facebook, which is at the center of a storm in India after a report claimed it didn't act against hate speech of members of the ruling BJP, on Thursday banned T Raja Singh from its platform.

Ed-tech start-up Unacademy raises $150 million, joins elite unicorn club

02 Sep 2020

Ed-tech start-up Unacademy raises $150 million, joins elite unicorn club

Bengaluru-based ed-tech start-up Unacademy has joined the elite unicorn club of India.

Crucial question hour dropped from Parliament's monsoon session, outrage follows

02 Sep 2020

Crucial question hour dropped from Parliament's monsoon session, outrage follows

The government's decision to disallow question hour during the monsoon session of Parliament, which begins on September 14, has brought it at the receiving end of criticism from the opposition.

Pranab Mukherjee passes away; PM Modi, President Kovind pay tributes

31 Aug 2020

Pranab Mukherjee passes away; PM Modi, President Kovind pay tributes

India's former President and Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday, weeks after he tested positive for coronavirus,

Facebook hate speech row: Congress writes to Mark Zuckerberg again

29 Aug 2020

Facebook hate speech row: Congress writes to Mark Zuckerberg again

The Congress party has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking him about the steps taken by the social media giant to investigate the recent hate speech allegations.

BJP leads in political advertisement spending on Facebook

27 Aug 2020

BJP leads in political advertisement spending on Facebook

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spent most on advertisements on "social issues, elections, and politics" on Facebook India, followed by Congress, an Indian Express report said today.

Delhi panel to summon Facebook executives over hate speech row

25 Aug 2020

Delhi panel to summon Facebook executives over hate speech row

A Delhi panel is planning to summon Facebook executives amid allegations that the social media platform did not act against hate speech on its platform by politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Dinner hosted by Tharoor birthed letter which sparked Congress' crisis

25 Aug 2020

Dinner hosted by Tharoor birthed letter which sparked Congress' crisis

The idea of the unprecedented letter sent to Congress President Sonia Gandhi earlier this month was seeded nearly five months ago at a dinner hosted by Shashi Tharoor, who represents Thiruvananthapuram in the Lok Sabha, a report in HT said.

Find new chief: Sonia Gandhi, keen on resigning, tells Congress

24 Aug 2020

Find new chief: Sonia Gandhi, keen on resigning, tells Congress

At the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting today, interim President Sonia Gandhi is likely to offer her resignation, amid a rift that emerged in the party after a letter was sent to her by 23 members demanding an overhaul in the organization.

Senior Congress leaders seek reforms in letter to Sonia Gandhi

23 Aug 2020

Senior Congress leaders seek reforms in letter to Sonia Gandhi

Several senior leaders of the Indian National Congress (INC) have written to party chief Sonia Gandhi seeking sweeping changes in the party.

BJP MPs seek Tharoor's removal from parliamentary panel

20 Aug 2020

BJP MPs seek Tharoor's removal from parliamentary panel

Two Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarians have sought the removal of Shashi Tharoor as the chief of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology.

Biocon Chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw tests positive for coronavirus

18 Aug 2020

Biocon Chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw tests positive for coronavirus

As India reels under coronavirus catastrophe, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairperson of Biocon Ltd., joined the long list of famous personalities to test positive for the highly-contagious disease.

Much to welcome, but challenges remain: Shashi Tharoor on NEP

30 Jul 2020

Much to welcome, but challenges remain: Shashi Tharoor on NEP

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday praised the new National Education Policy (NEP) but emphasized on certain issues with the policy.

Kerala: Film set vandalized by right-wing group, CM promises action

25 May 2020

Kerala: Film set vandalized by right-wing group, CM promises action

Several members of a right-wing group, Antharashtra Hindu Parishad (AHP) on Sunday vandalized a film set erected at Aluva in Kerala's Ernakulam district.

Lockdown extended: Amit Shah assures there's enough food and medicines

14 Apr 2020

Lockdown extended: Amit Shah assures there's enough food and medicines

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the nationwide lockdown for almost three more weeks today, Home Minister Amit Shah, the second-most important man in the BJP-led government, put out a series of tweets saying that the country has enough stock of food, medicines, and other essential commodities.

Which books should powerful people (like Modi, Shah, RaGa) read

29 Feb 2020

Which books should powerful people (like Modi, Shah, RaGa) read

Today is February 29, an extra day life has given us. And, how do I utilize that extra day? By giving unsolicited gyaan to people who would never listen to me.

Sandeep Dikshit rants about Congress' leadership, Shashi Tharoor backs him

20 Feb 2020

Sandeep Dikshit rants about Congress' leadership, Shashi Tharoor backs him

After Congress faced yet another election defeat, this time in the state that it ruled for fifteen years, several leaders assessed the debacle.

They will rape sisters/daughters: BJP MP on Shaheen Bagh protestors

28 Jan 2020

They will rape sisters/daughters: BJP MP on Shaheen Bagh protestors

With election season reaching its peak in Delhi, controversial statements have become the order of the day.

Journalist Deepak Chaurasia heckled at Shaheen Bagh, FIR registered

25 Jan 2020

Journalist Deepak Chaurasia heckled at Shaheen Bagh, FIR registered

Delhi's Shaheen Bagh has grabbed the attention of world media with praises being heaped on women, who are leading the protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

'Absent' Sidhu features in Congress' star campaigners list for Delhi

22 Jan 2020

'Absent' Sidhu features in Congress' star campaigners list for Delhi

After a rather publicized fallout with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu sort of vanished from the news.

Mani Shankar Aiyar's 'qatil' remark at Shaheen Bagh sparks row

15 Jan 2020

Mani Shankar Aiyar's 'qatil' remark at Shaheen Bagh sparks row

Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has a penchant for landing in news. And ironically, his words help his political rival, the BJP, reap electoral benefits.

Payal Rohatgi sent to jail for 8-days, over Nehru-Gandhi video

16 Dec 2019

Payal Rohatgi sent to jail for 8-days, over Nehru-Gandhi video

Actor and model Payal Rohatgi has been sent to judicial custody for eight days in connection with her controversial remarks on the Nehru-Gandhi family on social media.

Farooq Abdullah's detention in J&K extended by 3 months

14 Dec 2019

Farooq Abdullah's detention in J&K extended by 3 months

National Conference Chairperson Farooq Abdullah's detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) has been extended by three months.

Amit Shah to table Citizenship (Amendment) Bill today: Details here

09 Dec 2019

Amit Shah to table Citizenship (Amendment) Bill today: Details here

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will table the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Cleared by Cabinet, Citizenship Bill exempts Arunachal, Nagaland, Mizoram

04 Dec 2019

Cleared by Cabinet, Citizenship Bill exempts Arunachal, Nagaland, Mizoram

On Wednesday morning, the Union Cabinet cleared the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier said the Bill is a top priority for the government, deeming it as significant as revoking Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

Ahead of SC hearing, Chidambaram visited by Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi

27 Nov 2019

Ahead of SC hearing, Chidambaram visited by Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi

Ahead of his hearing in the Supreme Court in the INX Media corruption case, Congress leader P Chidambaram was visited by party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at the Tihar Jail in Delhi on Wednesday morning.

Scorpion on Shivalinga remark: Bailable warrant issued against Shashi Tharoor

12 Nov 2019

Scorpion on Shivalinga remark: Bailable warrant issued against Shashi Tharoor

On Tuesday, a Delhi court issued a bailable warrant against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in connection to a criminal defamation suit filed by BJP leader Rajiv Babbar.

EU delegation leaves for Kashmir to assess situation, opposition unhappy

29 Oct 2019

EU delegation leaves for Kashmir to assess situation, opposition unhappy

A European Union delegation, consisting of 27 MPs, left for Jammu and Kashmir from Delhi earlier today to assess the situation in the border state, that has been under lockdown since August.

BJP leaders will head key parliamentary panels, Congress gets Home

14 Sep 2019

BJP leaders will head key parliamentary panels, Congress gets Home

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has decided to keep the chairmanship of key parliamentary panels, to itself. The parliamentary panel which will overlook the Home Ministry will be headed by Congress.

Stalin, Mamata disagree with Shah's 'Hindi for all' idea

14 Sep 2019

Stalin, Mamata disagree with Shah's 'Hindi for all' idea

The Hindi language took center stage in Indian politics on Saturday after Home Minister Amit Shah linked it with country's unity.

Modi, Amit Shah, and other politicians condole Arun Jaitley's death

24 Aug 2019

Modi, Amit Shah, and other politicians condole Arun Jaitley's death

Two weeks after he was admitted to Delhi's AIIMS hospital following complaints of breathlessness, former Finance Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party veteran Arun Jaitley died on Saturday at the age of 66.

Congress to pick party chief at tomorrow's CWC meet

09 Aug 2019

Congress to pick party chief at tomorrow's CWC meet

In a possible conclusion to the leadership crisis of the Indian National Congress, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, scheduled to be held on Saturday, will pick a new party chief, sources said.

Pranab Da gets Bharat Ratna, Gandhis skip event. But why?

09 Aug 2019

Pranab Da gets Bharat Ratna, Gandhis skip event. But why?

Pranab Mukherjee, one of the tallest leaders of Congress, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor on Thursday, by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Amid Congress's leadership crisis, CWC schedules meeting for August 10

04 Aug 2019

Amid Congress's leadership crisis, CWC schedules meeting for August 10

Over two months after Rahul Gandhi resigned as Congress President, the party said on Sunday that its top-decision making body will hold a meeting on August 10.

Lack of clarity at the top hurting Congress: Shashi Tharoor

28 Jul 2019

Lack of clarity at the top hurting Congress: Shashi Tharoor

Senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP, Shashi Tharoor, said that lack of clarity on leadership following Rahul Gandhi's resignation is hurting the party.

Modi didn't ask Trump for mediation, says EAM in Parliament

23 Jul 2019

Modi didn't ask Trump for mediation, says EAM in Parliament

US President Donald Trump's statement on Kashmir dispute created a furor in India, prompting Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar to clarify Centre's stand in the Parliament.

Trump claims Modi asked for mediation on Kashmir-issue, India denies

23 Jul 2019

Trump claims Modi asked for mediation on Kashmir-issue, India denies

Hours after the United States President Donald Trump made a tall claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "requested" him to "mediate" on Kashmir dispute, India refuted it.