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Why We Need To Pay Attention To Tharoor's Push for Presidential-Type City Governments

India's cities are a mess because local governments are totally inept and unaccountable. The 74th Amendment's attempt more than 20 years ago to establish urban local bodies as institutions of self-government has failed. But now there is hope. This month, without fanfare, Shashi Tharoor introduced a Bill in Parliament to fix these ailments. It goes right to the heart of the matter.
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How Twitter Trolls Dishonoured Bhagat Singh To Attack Shashi Tharoor

In response to a question raised by a student during his JNU visit, Dr. Tharoor said that Kanhaiya had some things in common with Bhagat Singh, both being victims of the sedition law. Twitter trolls and critics, blind and deaf to established facts, did what they do best--shower abuse and spread misinformation. So, was this controversy in the name of Bhagat Singh a deliberate misinformation campaign aiming to kill two birds with one stone?
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Dear Dr Tharoor, This Is An Appeal To Your Conscience

I read your opinion piece on the JNU issue in the NDTV site and found it somewhat misleading and a little short of rational arguments. Although you are a great fiction writer and years of UN experience have trained you in the art of taking politically correct positions, some issues demand venturing beyond superficialities to take a responsible stand. Still, I am writing to you because I feel that you are the only sensible voice left in the opposition.

A Lok Sabha Of Homophobic MPs

After the huge disappointment of having his Private Member's Bill to amend 377 slapped down even before it could be introduced, Shashi Tharoor went on to start a campaign calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality, receiving 65k+ signatures in a few days. After all that support, you would think MPs would have changed their mind? At least, Tharoor seemed optimistic. But in Indian politics, lessons are seldom learnt. The MPs went on to defeat the introduction of Tharoor's Bill once again.
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Smriti Irani Vs. Pallam Raju: A Tale Of Two HRD Ministers

I have spent a number of years in the legislative research domain and Pallam Raju was the first politician to tell me that political arguments didn't matter, that it was the numbers that were required. Watching Smriti Irani's fiery speech in Parliament the other day, I was reminded of my interaction with him. Would the current crises have been handled any better if Pallam Raju and Shashi Tharoor were running the HRD Ministry?