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Tharoor has returned to the limelight even as his possible involvement in Sunanda Pushkar's death remains the elephant in the room. With his clipped accent and international career, his Stephanian status (one shared by Barkha Dutt and other leading journalists) and his polished demeanour, he gets access to the in-crowd that runs the capital's intellectual professions. Why, he is the in-crowd, and he has benefitted politically and socially from his position. This naturally influences how he is portrayed in the media, which in turn, shapes public opinion.
Shashi Tharoor is no stranger to controversy and has been dogged by scandals of various hues, but at this juncture I think he deserves to be celebrated as a modern citizen of the much-touted "Modern India". He is the kind of outspoken Indian citizen that so many of us desperately aspire to see more of, more often. Especially within the political ranks of the country.