With the upcoming general elections, parties and politicians are clamoring for the center stage. Political parties everywhere are rallying and raising support for their campaign.

As a result, the Indian population is once again introduced to the annual spectacle where the politicians go from place to place, making false promises.

Who Is Shashi Tharoor?

Amongst this mayhem, within the dynastic party is one gentleman who is just too progressive for Indian politics. Dr. Shashi Tharoor, a senior Congress member and a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela since 2009, is a personal favorite of the millenials.

Tharoor’s political prowess does not stop there. He has also served as the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Minister of State for External Affairs, and the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Communications and Public Information.

Apart from his mind-numbing and wordy lists of achievements and posts, Dr. Tharoor is an avid reader and a bestselling author.

What the Millenials Think about Dr. Shashi Tharoor

“He is just too educated for Indian Politics”- says Agrima Verma, a student from DU.

“It’s high time we had him actively involved in, on ground politics because he is definitely one of the most enlightened and intelligent candidates we have seen in recent years.  He has time and again represented India at the international level and made us all proud with his high observational skills. Thus, it’s time now we have a great leader like him as our MP”.– feels Akshita Singh, a student from LSR.

Nowadays, Indian politics is reduced to an arena for petty, bickering children with little or no substance to uphold their campaign. Among such leaders, Tharoor is hailed as someone of a better educational background who can bring about change.

While some think he is too good for politics, some want to make him the face of this country. With the sad state of affairs that is Indian politics, the youth started an online petition for replacement of Rahul Gandhi’s candidature as PM with Shashi Tharoor. The petition went viral causing Tharoor to publically address it.

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Why Shashi Tharoor Is So Popular With The Millennials.

Tharoor’s popularity has increased significantly due to his interview with comedian Hasan Minhaj, in his latest show, “Patriot Act”. Shashi Tharoor is widely popular due to his impressive diction and vocabulary.


To put Tharoor’s skills to test, Minhaj quizzed him on millennial lingos. For obvious reasons, Tharoor failed quite spectacularly at defining words like ‘thicc’ and ‘snacc’. The out-take from Patriot Act went viral on the internet, with people wanting to see more of the politician.

Shashi Tharoor’s Skeletons In The Closet

Although he is well known and respected, he is tangled in serious controversial allegations. One of the biggest is his involvement in his wife, Sunanda Pushkar’s suicide.

A criminal case was filed against him. He was charged with abetment to suicide. Moreover, the case was sent to sessions court for trial on February 9th.

Under such circumstances, Tharoor released his campaign poster and the internet is having a laugh at his expense. People are intimidated by the vaguely disturbing picture on the poster and here are some hilarious responses on the same.

Shashi Tharoor’s campaign poster
People’s response to the campaign poster

Overall, Shashi Tharoor has managed to wriggle in the hearts of the millennials as a revolutionary figure. However, like many others in his field, Shashi cannot be abated of his past.

Moreover, the country is yet to see if Shashi’s popularity amongst the youth can score him a hat-trick and once again secure his position as MP of Thiruvananthapuram.

Image Credits: Twitter, Google Images

Sources: Twitter, Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, + others

Feature Image Credits: Himanshi Parihar

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  1. Pretentious AF
    Bloviating, narcissistic tool
    Self-aggrandizement, puffery, and specious
    Dorian Gray, slithering sycophant, waiting in the wings, nay grass to get an opportunity.
    Smooth exterior, but nasty between closed doors.
    I shall pass on him…Seen too many of these greasy slickers.


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