Indian mission to host talk by Shashi Tharoor

DUBAI — The Consulate General of India will host a talk on “What it means to be an Indian” by Dr Shashi Tharoor, eminent writer and former Under Secretary General of the UN.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Sat 14 Apr 2007, 8:51 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:41 AM

According to Venu Rajamony, Consul General of India, the function would be held at the Indian Consulate Auditorium on April 26 and will start at 7.30pm.

Entry to the talk — which is supported by Borders Book Store, an Al Maya Group Company — is free.

Born in London in 1956, Dr Tharoor was till recently Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information in the United Nations.

Kamal Vachani, Director Al Maya Group, said it was indeed a privilege to sponsor the event featuring of such an award-winning author, who was the official candidate of India to succeed UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006. Dr Tharoor came a close second out of seven contenders in the race.

Dr Tharoor’s five non-fiction books include: Reasons of State (1981), a study of Indian foreign-policy making; India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997), which was cited by former US president Bill Clinton in his address to the Indian parliament; Nehru: The Invention of India (2003) a biography of India’s first prime minister, and a collection of literary essays, Bookless in Baghdad (2005).

His three novels are the classic The Great Indian Novel (1989) which is required reading in several courses on post-colonial literature; Riot (2001), a searing examination of Hindu-Muslim violence in contemporary India, and Show Business (1992) which received a front-page accolade in the New York Times Book Review.

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