Life does seem to have come a full circle for Shashi Tharoor who was once decorated with the Commonwealth Prize and who’s now being pilloried for charges of corruption in a week when another Indian Rana Dasgupta has bagged the coveted top prize for the year 2010 for his book ‘Sous’.
But as most things that involve our beloved subcontinent, the Commonwealth prize is courting its own share of controversies. India’s most hi-profile writer Sir Salman Rushdie goes on record to call it a ‘phantom and imaginary prize’ with the intention of rubbishing it, only to then fiercely compete for it as recently as last year! Rushdie of course lost out to Philip Heshner in a closely contested race.
Full report here Mumbai Mirror