The Tharoor Rollercoaster
Personable and always prepared to offer an opinion, Shashi Tharoor is a social media phenomenon. With the adulation comes opprobrium, to use the sort of Latinate word Tharoor might appreciate. And this was a particularly illustrative week. At a pride event, a marcher held up a sign imploring Tharoor to marry him. Just days later, an atypically graceless pun on the name of the new Miss World Manushi Chhillar—India’s first for 17 years—left Tharoor bloodied by brickbats. Chhillar was untroubled by Tharoor using her name, slang for small change, to make a ‘dad joke’ about demonetisation. If only those politicians who took up cudgels on her behalf weren’t such rank hypocrites.