Posts tagged ‘Shashi Tharoor’

06/10/2016

Does Britain owe a debt to India for its 200 years of colonisation? – Oxford Union Society

Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP speaks eloquently on why, in his view, Britain owes a huge debt to India for its 200 years of colonisation.  If this notion interests you – regardless of whether you agree with it or not – I urge you to watch this short video from You Tube – Dr Shashi Tharoor. You will not be disappointed.

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25/07/2015

Should Britain Pay Reparations to India? Shashi Tharoor Says Yes, Narendra Modi Praises Him, What Do You Think? – India Real Time – WSJ

Should Britain pay reparations to its former colonies, including India? An articulation of why the former holder of empire should make amends, or at least say sorry, for two centuries of colonial rule, has sent a video of Indian law maker Shashi Tharoor viral and opened up a debate in India.

In a 15 minute speech given during a debate at the Oxford Union in the U.K., telegenic and floppy-haired Mr. Tharoor, who is a former foreign minister and a onetime under-secretary-general at the United Nations, argued that “Britain’s rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India.”

Speaking in favor of the motion, the opposition Congress party politician said that India’s share of the world economy when the British arrived was 23% but by the time they left it had slipped to 4% because “India had been governed for the benefit of Britain. Britain’s rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India.”

“In fact, Britain’s industrial revolution was actually premised upon the de-industrialization of India,” he added.

The YouTube clip of the Congress politician’s oration has been watched more than 1.5 million times since it was uploaded last week, making it one of the most-viewed clips from the Oxford Union, a prestigious debate chamber at the University of Oxford.

A video of Jack Gleeson, an actor explaining to the chamber why he left the Game of Thrones, has over two million views as does one of Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, impersonating Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Others to have appeared at in the red-walled debate chamber in the recent past include Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, former U.S. Senator John Edwards, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and onetime South African President F.W. De Klerk.

Indian social media lit up with praise for Mr. Tharoor’s eloquence and ability to take on the British establishment: Opposing speakers in the debate included Sir Richard Ottaway, a politician with the United Kingdom’s right-wing Conservative party.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who belongs to Congress’s rival the Bharatiya Janata Party, praised Mr. Tharoor for the speech.

via Should Britain Pay Reparations to India? Shashi Tharoor Says Yes, Narendra Modi Praises Him, What Do You Think? – India Real Time – WSJ.

18/01/2014

Sunanda Pushkar, Wife of Indian Minister Tharoor, Found Dead – India Real Time – WSJ

Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of federal minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a five-star-hotel in New Delhi late Friday after being involved in a spat on Twitter with someone she accused of stalking her husband.

Ms. Pushkar’s body was discovered by Mr. Tharoor, his personal secretary, and employees of The Leela Palace, where the couple had checked in, after she failed to open the door, Deepak Mishra, who heads the crime division of the Delhi Police, said. Ms. Pushkar was 52.

Mr. Tharoor found his wife’s body sprawled across the bed, Mr. Mishra said. Abhinav Kumar, Mr. Tharoor’s personal secretary, confirmed this sequence of events.

Mr. Tharoor–a minister for human resource development, author and former senior United Nations official– had returned to the hotel around 7.30 p.m. after the day-long national meet of India’s ruling-Congress party, of which he is a senior member. The 57-year-old has previously served as the under-secretary-general of the United Nations and a junior foreign minister.

Police said they were still looking into the cause of death.

“Only after a postmortem report will we be in a position to pin-point what happened,” Mr. Mishra of the police said.

via Sunanda Pushkar, Wife of Indian Minister Tharoor, Found Dead – India Real Time – WSJ.

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