A Man of Words, Ideas and More: An Exclusive Interview of Dr. Shashi Tharoor at Kolkata Literature Festival, 2018



Dr. Shashi Tharoor, one of the most well-known faces in India and abroad, came down to Kolkata Literature Festival. With a tight-knit security team and with no time to spare at hand, finding one’s way to Dr. Tharoor is not an easy deal. However, Anurag Mazumder made most of the minute he was allowed with the ever-so-gracious, Dr. Shashi Tharoor.

Anurag: Sir, whether you are speaking at the parliament or writing a book, the internet is in a frenzy when you speak. What is your reaction to that?

Dr. Tharoor: Well, I am very touched. I mean, the fact is that I do believe that one should use one’s speeches to make an impact. Whether it is on the Government at the Parliament or on the Public through the mediums of the television or YouTube or so on, or whether it’s through readers through your books, whatever I seek to communicate is in order to influence people. It can sometimes be just to entertain them also, there is no problem with a joke; I have no problem with the use of humour. But through the entertainment, there should belarger edification for the long term and that is what I have tried to do. So, if you feel it’s had that effect, then I’m very happy.

Anurag: And Sir, about Western Education and Western Culture, do you feel that at this moment in India, it plays very big a role?

Dr. Tharoor: I think there is no question, that in India a lot of people have an education based on a system that originated in the West, but at the same time that should not be an obstacle to reviving our age-old Indian methods.

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