Indians cover their faces amid thick fog in the capital New Delhi. The Supreme Court has banned the use of firecrackers during the Hindu festival of Diwali because of pollution concerns. Photo: EPA Indians cover their faces amid thick fog in the capital New Delhi. The Supreme Court has banned the use of firecrackers during the Hindu festival of Diwali because of pollution concerns. Photo: EPA
Indians cover their faces amid thick fog in the capital New Delhi. The Supreme Court has banned the use of firecrackers during the Hindu festival of Diwali because of pollution concerns. Photo: EPA
Shashi Tharoor
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Indians cover their faces amid thick fog in the capital New Delhi. The Supreme Court has banned the use of firecrackers during the Hindu festival of Diwali because of pollution concerns. Photo: EPA Indians cover their faces amid thick fog in the capital New Delhi. The Supreme Court has banned the use of firecrackers during the Hindu festival of Diwali because of pollution concerns. Photo: EPA
Indians cover their faces amid thick fog in the capital New Delhi. The Supreme Court has banned the use of firecrackers during the Hindu festival of Diwali because of pollution concerns. Photo: EPA
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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor is a third-term Member of the Indian Parliament and a former Chairman of Parliament’s External Affairs Committee.