(Also posted on my Jacob's Blog.)
Being Sunday night, I watched the Fareed Zakaria GPS programme on CNN.
Shashi Tharoor, fellow Stephanian, was on.
Was greatly disappointed to hear that Shashi is standing for the Indian Parliament and that too, as a member of the Indian Congress Party.
Shashi should be an independent Rajya Sabha Member as he is a man of immense international standing and should not stoop to the level of Indian general politics.
On his politics web site he gives his vision as the following:
An India where everyone is able to have enough food, clothing and shelter;
An India where everyone is able to receive a decent education;
An India where everyone can have access to health care, sanitation and clean drinking water;
An India that is committed to economic growth but also attentive to the needs of its poorest and most vulnerable people;
An India which is strong enough to protect its borders and ensure the safety, security and well-being of all its citizens;
Even more interestingly he gives his Credo as:
I enter political life in the firm belief that:
Politics is an opportunity for public service, not for self-advancement;
Government exists to serve the citizen and not the other way around;
Honesty and integrity are fundamental in public life;
The principles and values I have upheld all my life should not be altered to suit the political convenience of the moment; and
My only purpose is to work for the well-being of the people of my country, my state and my constituency
I have great pride in India and believe I can work to make it an even better land for all its citizens.
Interestingly, he is standing from Kerala. That is wherein lies the rub.
Keralites with 99% literacy will not normally elect an "outsider" to represent them.
However, we will know the result in a few days.