The Tha­roor Roller­coaster

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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.

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