Western dictionaries define secularism as absence of religion but Indian secularism does not mean irreligiousness.It means profusion of religions.

— Shashi Tharoor

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India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay.


India has been born and reborn scores of times, and it will be reborn again.

India is forever, and India is forever being made.


There is not a thing as the wrong place, or the wrong time.

We are where we are at the only time we have. Perhaps it's where we're meant to be.


Hindu fundamentalism is a contradiction in terms, since Hinduism is a religion without fundamentals; there is no such thing as a Hindu heresy. How dare a bunch of goondas shrink the soaring majesty of the Vedas and the Upanishads to the petty bigotry of their brand of identity politics?


On Gandhi: Don’t ever forget, that we were not lead by a saint with his head in clouds, but by a master tactician with his feet on the ground.


Freedom of the press is the mortar that binds together the bricks of democracy -- and it is also the open window embedded in those bricks.


If America is a melting pot, then to me India is a thali--a selection of sumptuous dishes in different bowls. Each tastes different, and does not necessarily mix with the next but they belong together on the same plate, and they complement each other in making the meal a satisfying repast.


Diplomacy is much like the "lovemaking of elephants", which is accompanied with a lot of bellowing and other sound effects, but no one can be sure of the consequences for at least the next two years


Resolutions aren't self-executing. Somebody has to provide the soldiers, take the risks, risk their blood and their treasure to go out and implement such a resolution.


India is more than a sum of its contradictions, any truism about India can be contradicted with another truism. There is no fixed stereotype. But even thinking about India makes clear the immensity of the nation-building challenge.


In India we celebrate the commonality of major differences;

we are a land of belonging rather than of blood.


Im not a techno-determinist. I believe we need to improve our existing human resources, and technology can only be a complement.


About Shashi Tharoor

Quotes 27 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday March 9, 1956

The good terrorists are the guys who bomb and kill Indians.

The bad terrorists are the ones who attack Pakistani interests, whether in Afghanistan or Pakistan. In other words, you blow up the Taj Mahal Hotel, you are a good guy. You blow up the Marriott in Islamabad, you are a bad guy.


There’s no longer a superpower standoff.

But there are real problems that divide countries around the world. And the UN is still the place where we can get together and try and discuss them.


In writing of Indian culture, I am highly conscious of my own subjectivity;

arguably, there is more than one Indian culture, and certainly more than one view of Indian culture.


The British are the only people in history crass enough to have made revolutionaries out of Americans.


It's not the side of the bigger army that wins. It's the country that tells a better story.


This is the one international institution we have in which governments get together to work collectively for a common purpose. International crises, by definition, require international solutions. Peacekeeping is a response to conflict, is a response to situations in which often it is not the business of any one particular country to get into. It seems to me, therefore, that the world will for the foreseeable future need peacekeeping.


I make no bones about the fact that India matters to me, and I would like to matter to India.


The only possible idea of India is that of a nation greater than the sum of its parts.


Basically, there are two kinds of stereotypes out there in the world about America. There's America the Goliath - the big, powerful, bullying country that pushes its way around the world and gets its ways, pursues its own interests nakedly, irrespective of what others want. And the other stereotype is America, the land of opportunity, where everyone can go and do anything, be anything, make any dreams come true.


India shaped my mind, anchored my identity, influenced my beliefs, and made me who I am. ... India matters to me and I would like to matter to India.


What economic libralisation needs, if it is to succeed , is a general acceptance that reforms are for the general good, that they might seem to help some more than others, but that in the long run everyone will benefit from them. Such attitude is far from being realized


If you believe in truth and cared enough to obtain it, you had to be prepared actively to suffer for it.


Terrorism is a principal preoccupation in most of our international contacts.


Universality of the UN is a worthwhile thing in its own self because it means that every country belongs, feels it has a stake, and participates, rather than going away and finding other methods of conducting international relations.

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