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Shashi Tharoor favours Presidential form of government in India

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New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday favoured the Presidential form of government in the country, adding but it should be “customised in a way that it preserves the rich diversity of the nation and also the democracy.”

While giving his speech at the launch of Bhanu Dhamija’s book “Why India Needs The Presidential System,” he said looking at the present system of polity and governance in the country it would be a good idea to start the debate of having a presidential form of government in the country.

The parliamentary system has demonstrated some flaws and the time has come to look for an alternative. The alternative was always there on the table but now is the time to start discussing and debating it.

 

He said nationalist leader like Jawaharlal Nehru had thought of this idea much before, but the discussions got lost later in the chaos of the successive coalition governments.

The fundamental flaws of the parliamentary form of government have become more apparent in the successive coalition governments in the past 25 years.

Tharoor batted for creating a system wherein a “chief executive” of constituencies can be elected directly by people and “they should be held accountable for the ‘governance business’ after a given point of time”.

 

I am not saying that we should adopt the presidential system as it is in the US. We can work on it and make it even better and a one more practical for country like India.

He said the election of Narendra Modi as the prime minister “constantly reminds me of the need of the presidential form of government”, adding “I had a belief in the parliamentary form of government till Modi was elected as the Prime Minister”. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy:mid-day.com)

 

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Shashi Tharoor Gives Comedy A Shot For The First Time

Shashi Tharoor performs Stand-up comedy for the first time in "One Mic Stand"

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Shashi Tharoor embraces his stand-up comedy experience. Pixabay

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor is giving comedy a shot for the first time, and says embracing stand-up comedy has been an overwhelming experience.

Tharoor made his debut in the world of humour with “One Mic Stand”, which brings celebrities from diverse backgrounds and help them perform stand-up comedy for the very first time with one established comedian.

“I’m quite excited to be an integral part of this unique stand-up comedy series on Amazon Prime Video. Needless to say, it’s been an overwhelming experience for me to embrace stand-up comedy for the first time ever,” Tharoor said.

“At times, we do crack a joke or two in the political fraternity, though humour is always a big risk in the political world. However, this live comedy act in particular is fun and rewarding in itself. It feels like being a driver who takes his audience on a laughter journey whilst steering an unfamiliar bus all on his own,” added the former diplomat, who has been a successful author with great English vocabulary.

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Shashi Tharoor feels that humour is a big risk in political world. Pixabay

“One Mic Stand”, a five episode series, is created and hosted by Sapan Verma in collaboration with Only Much Louder. The show went live on Amazon Prime Video on November 15.

“Great to wear this maiden hat of a stand-Up comedian. Kudos to Kunal Kamra, my mentor on the show and Sapan for making it happen,” Tharoor said.

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Along with Tharoor, stars like Bhuvan Bam, Taapsee Pannu, Richa Chadha, Vishal Dadlani, Zakir Khan, Kunal Kamra, Angad Ranyal, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya also became a part of the show. (IANS)