Dr Shashi Tharoor has been the MP for Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala, since 2009 and is a former Minister of State for Human Resource Development and External Affairs in the government of India. He also served 29 years at the United Nations, rising to Under-Secretary General under Kofi Annan. He is the author of 15 books, fiction and non-fiction, including the ground-breaking satire The Great Indian Novel (1989) and the most recent, India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in our Time.
He has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and pioneered among Indian politicians the use of Twitter, where he has more than 2.5 million followers. He has a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a ‘Global Leader of Tomorrow’.