SHASHI THAROOR: What is globalisation?

Kofie Annan‘s term as the Secretary-General of the United Nations ends this December. Since it’s Asia turn to have a secretary-general, India has reportedly decided to field Shashi Tharoor, currently the UN under secretary-general for communications and public information, author and columnist (www.shashitharoor.com).

In his last book Bookless in Baghdad, the London-born, Bombay- and Calcutta-educated Keralite uses Princess Diana‘s death to offer an interesting definition of globalisation at a 2003 lecture in Berlin:

“An English princess with a Welsh title leaves a French hotel with her Egyptian companion, who has supplanted a Pakistani; she is driven in a German car with a Dutch engine by a Belgian chauffeur full of Scottish whisky; they are chased by Italian paparazzi on Japanese motorcycles into a Swiss-built tunnel and crash; a rescue is attempted by an American doctor using Brazilian medicines, and the story is now being told to you now by an Indian visiting Berlin. There’s globalisation.”

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Will Tharoor win if there is an election for the UN secretary-general’s post? (The likely competitors are Thailand’s deputy PM and South Korea’s foreign minister.) Will it be good for India? Will it be good for the world?