Shashi Tharoor served for twenty-nine years at the UN, culminating as Under-Secretary-General. He is a Congress MP in India, the author of fourteen previous books, and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Tharoor has a PhD from the Fletcher School, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a Global Leader of Tomorrow.
"Shashi Tharoor is the most charming and persuasive writer in India. His new book is a brave and characteristically articulate attempt to save a great and wonderfully elusive religion from the certainties of the fundamentalists and the politicization of the bigots."--William Dalrymple
"[An] important book: it is about the dangers that lie in India's future as well as the woes and glories of the past...one of India's most articulate liberals and a leading voice of those who reject the aggressively fundamentalist strains of Hindu nationalism."--Financial Times
"The Hinduism Tharoor proudly asserts and defends is universalist, liberal, and syncretic...this deeply informative book is a must-read for Americans interested in Hinduism and the world's largest democracy." STARRED REVIEW--Booklist
"Tharoor has undoubtedly done an important work that helps people understand key difference between Hinduism and Hindutva."--straight.com
"A thoughtful celebration of Hinduism as a potentially unifying force."--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Inglorious Empire
"Well-referenced and full of fascinating facts, quotes and anecdotes, Inglorious Empire is a scorching indictment of British rule in India, and of British imperialism more broadly."--Green Left Weekly