Shashi Tharoor SHUH-shee thǝ-ROOR; born 9 March 1956 in London 

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He is the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers 

He was formerly Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and unsuccessfully ran for the post of Secretary-General in 2006. 

Founder-Chairman of All India Professionals Congress 

Tharoor began his political career by joining the Indian National Congress and successfully represented the party from Thiruvananthapuram 

Shashi's paternal grandfather's name was Chippukutty Nair. Shashi's paternal uncle was Parameshwaran Tharoor, the founder of Reader's Digest in India. 

Tharoor's father, originally from Kerala, worked in various positions in London, Bombay, Calcutta and Delhi, including a 25-year career 

Tharoor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from St Stephen's College, University of Delh 

Tharoor was awarded the Robert B. Stewart Prize for best student and was also the first editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs. 

Tharoor's career in the United Nations began in 1978 as a staff member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.