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Washington Post Foreign Affairs Columnist Ishaan Tharoor Receives Arthur Ross Media Award in Commentary

Washington Post Foreign Affairs Columnist Ishaan Tharoor Receives Arthur Ross Media Award in Commentary

  • The son of Indian Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor joined the Post’s Foreign staff in 2014 as a co-anchor of Today’s WorldView newsletter and column.

The American Academy of Diplomacy has awarded the 2021 Arthur Ross Media Award in the Commentator category to Washington Post Foreign Affairs Columnist Ishaan Tharoor.

The Arthur Ross Media Awards “seek to recognize individuals or groups of individuals (e.g., a news bureau) whose reporting and analysis in diplomacy and foreign affairs is making a singular contribution to public understanding of the critical role played by diplomacy in the furtherance of America’s foreign policy interests.” The Academy will present the award to Tharoor at their annual awards luncheon on Nov. 9.


Ishaan Tharoor is the son of Indian politician, writer and former international diplomat Shashi Tahroor and Tilottama Mukherji. He joined the Post’s Foreign staff in 2014 as a co-anchor of Today’s WorldView newsletter and column. He previously was a senior editor and correspondent at Time magazine, based first in Hong Kong and later in New York. He also teaches an undergraduate seminar at Georgetown University on digital affairs and the global age. His twin brother Kanishk is a former editor at Open Democracy and is the author of the highly praised short story collection Swimmer Among The Stars.

Papa Tharoor took to Twitter to congratulate his son. “So proud of my son @ishaantharoor for this well-deserved recognition,” he tweeted. “His commentaries, which I often retweet, are smart, perceptive & insightful, & offer a highly original take on world affairs four days a week.”

Ishaan Tharoor’s wife, Bhumi Tharoor, managing editor at The Atlantic also took to social media to congratulate her husband. “So very proud of @ishaantharoor and grateful he spends his days making us all a little smarter about the world. This is incredibly well-deserved!!”

Several people responded to Shashi Tharoor’s tweet congratulating Ishaan Tharoor. Among them was Brown university professor Ashutosh Varshney. “I know your father well and admire him a lot,” he tweeted. “I don’t know you at all. But may I, as a friend of your father, also say that I am proud of this achievement! This is just the beginning. I often read what you write. You will soar higher & higher. congratulations!

The Singapore-born Ishaan Tharoor became a U.S. citizen on March 11, 2020. In a series of tweets, Ishaan said that he had been living in the U.S. for three decades. “I’ve lived here for three decades, but didn’t naturalize earlier in part out of a kind cosmopolitan privilege and reticence to surrender my Indian citizenship (India does not allow dual-nationality). But this is my home, who I am and where I belong,” he said. “These ceremonies are powerful rites of civic patriotism (NOT blood and soil nationalism); I hope all US citizens, even those born here, get to attend or participate in one,” he said in another tweet.

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