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Shashi Tharoor
For Shashi Tharoor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 9, 2021
Pakistan’s Taliban monster
And next, he would slyly add, historians would state that the ISI, with the help of America, defeated America.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 28, 2021
India’s COVID-19 tsunami
Now, with more than 300,000 new cases a day and the death toll evidently much higher than reported, India is no one's idea of a global leader.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 21, 2021
Modi’s war on the press
In late January, police filed criminal charges against eight journalists. Their crime: reporting the claims of a dead protester's family that he had been shot and killed by the police.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 15, 2021
India’s smart vaccine diplomacy
India is a global pharmaceutical powerhouse, manufacturing some 20% of all generic medicines and accounting for as much as 62% of global vaccine production.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 3, 2020
The rise of the Indian American voter
Indian Americans are the second-largest immigrant group in the U.S., and among the fastest-growing — up by nearly 150% over the last decade.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 9, 2020
The U.N.’s existential crisis
Trump's announcement that he intends to withdraw the U.S. from the WHO may be a harbinger of a broader unraveling of the multilateral system constructed after WW II.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 9, 2019
A battle for India's soul
Indian voters must decide whether they want an inclusive country that embodies hope, or a divided one that promotes fear.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 19, 2019
Churchill was more villain than hero in Britain's colonies
His record in the British Empire more closely resembles that of a war criminal than a defender of democracy and freedom.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 20, 2018
Is the specter of ethnic cleansing coming to India?
Some 4 million people, mainly Muslims, are at risk of disenfranchisement in India.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 6, 2018
India's culture war comes to Bollywood
While it may seem alarmist to suggest freedom of expression in India is in peril, the atmosphere of intimidation is palpable.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 21, 2017
Hindu nationalists lay siege to the Taj Mahal
Hindu extremists have long considered it humiliating that a monument built by a Muslim emperor could be Hindu-majority India's most recognizable site. Now the Taj Mahal is being rejected even by India's own government.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 12, 2017
The harsh truth about India's 'godmen'
India's much touted economic development has shallow roots, as it has failed to deliver caste equality and social justice to the underclasses.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 23, 2017
India's botched tax reform
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new goods and services tax is both messy and disruptive.
COMMENTARY / World
May 22, 2017
Newspapers thrive, in India
While print media struggles to survive elsewhere, India's rising literacy rate is keeping its dailies firmly in the black.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 22, 2008
The ambivalent legacy of a would-be savior
NEW YORK — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's resignation brings to an end one of the more interesting curiosities of subcontinental politics: For more than four years, Pakistan had a president who was born in India, while India had a Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) who was born in Pakistan.
COMMENTARY / World
May 26, 2008
Can India and China dance?
TRIVANDRUM, India — It is fashionable these days, particularly in the West, to speak of India and China in the same breath. These are the two big countries said to be taking over the world, the new contenders for global eminence after centuries of Western domination, the Oriental answer to generations of Occidental economic success.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 22, 2008
New Delhi's dilemma with the Dalai Lama
PRAGUE — As the world reacts to China's crackdown in Tibet, one country is conspicuous by both its centrality to the drama and its reticence over it. India, the land of asylum for the Dalai Lama and the angry young hotheads of the Tibetan Youth Congress, finds itself on the horns of a dilemma.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 9, 2008
India's 'Bollywood' power
PRAGUE — The world has heard much about India's extraordinary transformation in recent years, and even of its claims to a share of "world leadership." Some of that is hyperbole, but in one respect, India's strength may be understated.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on