He was a success in the UN but Shashi Tharoor, MP from Trivandrum, is beginning to realise that Indian politics is a totally different ball game.
His own party men are angry with him. He did the unthinkable - socialised with the friends of the Marxists !
His own community has rejected him; he is labelled "Delhi Nair", whatever that means.
But Tharoor seems to be quite unfazed by all this row.
His response to the ruckus has a flavour different from the politically correct but inane and evasive statements that our politicians excel in - you know that verbose equivocation that we are sick and tired of listening to.
Those dinner appointments were made long time back. I cannot cancel them, he told his party heavyweights.
Angry with this fresher who pays scant respect to their sentiments , the local Congressmen have threatened report him to the High Command.
Will Mr. Tharoor take on the disgruntled elements in his party with the suave bluntness( oxymoron?) that had caught the fancy of the voters?
My father was active in the NSS but I represented Trivandrum not as a Nair but as a secular congressman.
Not many congressmen would do such straight shooting, given the love hate and the interdependent relationship between the Congress and the NSS.
But Mr. Tharoor's words were music to the ears of those who wished to see decency and honesty in politics.
The question is, will Tharoor survive?
OR, will he change in order to survive.
I'd rather he didn't survive than change to survive.