Tauhidur Rashid, Nairobi, Dhaka, Chennai
I join in from Bangladesh, with an Indian wife.
If Gandhi was India's Saint, Shashi Tharoor is truly the
representation of modern India's Brain today. I lived in NY working
for UNICEF during 1995-1998 and I have seen him walking sometimes in
the corridors of the Secretariat with Ambassadors and distinguished
members of the world politics, him being always the best looking and
youngest. Yes I have read all his books, and seen all of his known
public speeches on YouTube and Fora TV. The man is beyond belief
academically, and in Diplomacy and leadership he has been one of the
most brilliant and elequent any nation could ever produce. I once sat
in a UN gathering where he was speaking on public affairs, no one
knows the history and the background of the UN as he does. Watching
him in silence speaking in front of an audience was a treat.
When Shashi Tharoor became India's External Affairs Minister, I saw
new hope for the future of the sub-continent. What Gandhi the saint
could not prevent, I believed now Tharoor could amend. Having worked
with many Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Srilankan and
Bhutanes friends, I have realized time has come when we could bring
down the misfortunes of the sub-continent to an end -- to me Shashi
Tharoor is not only India's best hope for globalization, but the
entire sub-continent's leader in it. He understands, we are all
India's soft under-belly, India could not exist healthy with disease
in it's body. Yes, we could all still play his favourite game Cricket
with national flags, but we could all spend the same money(like the
Europeans do), and travel in a fast Train from Lahore to Agartala, via
Kathmandu and Dhaka without having to say hello to immigration
officials who look like our brothers or brother in-laws. We want to
forget Kashmir as a trouble spot and want to think of it as our next
holiday destination where we want to mingle with many from the sub-
continent who arrived without VISA, and paying with the same currency.
We want to Ski in the Himalays thinking Aspen or Swiss Als were second
grade choices. Yes, we have all what we could be proud of except
India knows how to produce Jewels, but certainly not how to keep it.
We lost Kohinoor and Hope long ago, millions leave every year for
faraway lands. We could still live with it, but losing someone like
Shashi Tharoor from public life is something we can not afford in the
sub-continent. So I know Shashi Tharoor will return one day --- yes,
he will be still Tweeting and making his customary warm comments on
everything that he is aware of around him. He is too good to be true,
but that is his charm and charishma and yes, Shashi Tharoor is my
leader too --- for a sub-continent that I dream of, he is the only man
who could deliver.
So, Sir, forget the old India, and lead us to the future for our
children. And come now with a vision that is not just about India as
it exists today, but as it existed for 10 thousand years. We are all
people of the Indus Valley --- we are one people. And we are ready to
emerge into a new future.
This is a more interesting job for you than being a Minister or MP for
Kerala -- to create the e pluribus unum for the people of Indus
Valley. As a historian, you also have a duty to amend history -- and
you know where you belong.
Shashi Tharoor -- Jitega Zaroor !!!