Dr. Shashi Tharoor is a politician, author and former international civil servant who straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a third-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade-long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary-General during Kofi Annan's leadership of the organisation.
Tharoor has authored three novels and 20 works of non-fiction since 1981, which are centered on India and its history, culture, film, politics, society, foreign policy, and related themes. In 2019, he received the Sahitya Academy Award for his book An Era of Darkness, about the British Raj, in a non-fiction category in the English language. He is also the author of hundreds of columns and articles in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek, and The Times of India.