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Shashi Tharoor - India's NRI of the Year
Thursday, may 10, 2007

Former UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor has been conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by the Indian Government in appreciation of his brilliant record as an international civil servant and contribution as a writer on social, political and international issues.

Shashi Tharoor

Ambassador to the United Nations Ronen Sen. bestowed the honour at a function attended by NRIs in the US, the co Chairs of the Congressional caucus on India, representatives from the Democratic and Republican parties and senior members of Congress.

Tharoor had earlier been conferred the award in 2004 but was unable to accept it as UN laws proscribed acceptance of honours from foreign governments. Privileged to receive the tribute, Shashi Tharoor said he was proud to have been in the reckoning for the Secretary General’s role, and fortunate to be given the opportunity to represent India’s values and principles to the world during his tenure.

Tharoor started his career with the United Nations in 1978 as a staffer in the UN High Commission for Refugees in Geneva. He has won acclaim in the international political arena with the "Global Leader of Tomorrow" award instituted by the Economic World Forum in Davos in 1998.Recognition of his contribution to writing came his way with the Commonwealth Writers’ prize. He has authored nine books and hundreds of articles for international publications which include the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The Times of India and Hindu.

 

 

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