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Mattering to India: The Shashi Tharoor Campaign

Mattering to India:   The Shashi Tharoor Campaign

  • T.P. Sreenivasan
  • Author: T.P. Sreenivasan
    • ISBN:9788131759448
    • 10 Digit ISBN:813175944X
    • Price:Rs. 650.00
    • Pages:206
    • Imprint:Pearson Education
    • Binding:Hardback
    • Status:Available

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    ‘Today's Icarus may well be tomorrow's Phoenix,' says T. P. Sreenivasan, former ambassador and Shashi Tharoor's long-time friend, in this personal narrative on the fight for the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat in 2009. This is the absorbing story of an extraordinary election in which Tharoor carefully orchestrated his campaign by highlighting his past accomplishments and promises for the future.
    How did a virtual outsider, who was not proficient in the local language and had never lived in Kerala, overcome these impediments and generate a Tharoor wave? What was the contribution of local Congress leaders to the election of a candidate nominated by the high command? What role did campaigners from across the seas play? How effective was the e-campaign? How did Tharoor command support across castes and religions? How did his fame as an international civil servant and writer influence his election?
    These and many other questions are examined in the course of this detailed account of the campaign. Sreenivasan briefly reviews the developments after Tharoor's victory and the controversies that led to his resignation, and concludes that we have not heard the last of Tharoor as a politician. Though focusing on Thaoor specifically, the book also presents the perspectives of several other campaigners and observers, and offers rare insights into electoral processes in India and the strategy of the candidate.

    Table of Content


    Part I
    1. Leela Skybar
    2. Banning of the Moon From the UN
    3. India Everywhere—Tharoor’s Books
    4. Afras Avatar
    5. The Trial by Fire
    6. The Battle Begins
    7. On the Road
    8. Engaging the Intelligentsia
    9. Role of the Tharoor Family
    10. Hands Across the Sea
    11. Comments from Campaigners
    12. Shree and Sharavati
    13. The Great Indian Yatra—A Film
    14. Results


    Part II – Guest Essays
    1. Covering the Campaign
      Sharavati Choksi
    2. The Charming Mr Change
      M.G. Radhakrishnan
    3. A Global Personality
      E.M. Najeeb
    4. A Memorable Journey
      George Abraham
    5. The Boat From the Blue: A Shashi Tharoor Experience
      Shridharan Shekhar

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