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Shashi Tharoor- Paradoxical Leader

Most of us agree on the fact that a politician should be well educated. However, our history has witnessed something opposite in this concern. Most of the politicians that we had were not very well educated or excellent in studies but still proved themselves as a fantastic leader.

Our prime minister Mr Narendra Modi is an epitome of the fact that leadership is a quality that does not require excellent educational background. It’s a quality that resides in that person, no matter what background that person belongs to. This quality would help them to reach the heights just as it helped a ‘chaiwala’ to run a nation.

When we pair excellent education with a politician, the foremost name that strikes our mind would be Shashi Tharoor.

Education Qualification of Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor completed BA from St. Stephens College, Delhi University which is one among the most prestigious institute of India. After his bachelors, he moved to US to gain an MA in International Relations at Fletcher School of law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. While pursuing his studies, Tharoor was awarded the Robert B. Stewart Prize for best student and was also the first editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs. He was the youngest to receive such an Honour from Fletcher school.

He then worked as a career official in the United Nations and strengthened the name of our country on an international platform. He joined Congress in 2009. He served as minister of State for External Affair, minister of State for Human Resource Development and currently, he is a member of parliament ( Lok Sabha) from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela.

Not only a politician, but he is also a writer. He has written several influencing notes about great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and more. Recently he released a book known as ‘ The Paradoxical Prime Minister’. As the name itself signifies this is Anti-Modi book.

Shashi Tharoor is against Modi and NDA government in almost all matters. In most of the campaigns and interviews, he questions PM Modi and tries to disparage him in any manner.

For example, is wherein he questioned why PM Modi does not wear a skull cap or green colour. Surprisingly he also had an answer for it, and he said that it is because he is an anti-Muslim.

However, he also has stated that if PM does anything good that should be praised, I will praise. For which he almost had a clash with his party members. He was even asked to give an explanation for his action by the Kerala Congress.

There is no doubt in the fact that Tharoor is a fantastic orator and a well-educated politician. These parameters are some of the measures of the leadership quality of an individual.

People generally argue on the fact of whether Mr Tharoor is an underrated or an overrated politician.

As a member of the opposition party, he has the right to question the actions of the ruling government. However, to do so, why to highlight and challenge even the relevant and right actions of the government. This would only show that one is acting only as an opposition leader who tries to disparage the ruling party and not thinking as an Indian leader who looks for the welfare of the country.

He proved this fact when he stood in parliament against the implementation of the bill that abrogates article 370.

No government is perfect; every one of them has some flaws. Also, that’s the way to improve as a government by rectifying those flaws. It is not that Mr Tharoor has always tried to stand against the ruling government by questioning on a non-issue and random matters. He has also put relevant questions and highlighted the wrong part of the government and Isn’t this a responsibility and duty of the opposition party.

The opposition is meant for improving the ruling party and not for defaming it. As the blame game continues, we would want the opposition to oppose the government while making mistakes. But following political ethics, they should also understand that defaming on even the right doings of the government will make people lose trust in them itself. Politics if played well, help in the development of the country, we need more people like Tharoor who can criticise and praise the government based on the circumstances.

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