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Tharoor's candidature: A clarification
July 07, 2006 19:40 IST
On June 27, we published a report that the Indian government's endorsement of Shashi Tharoor's candidature for United Nations secretary general was brought about by influential Malayalees in the Indian establishment.
We have since received e-mail from individuals mentioned in the report denying such a campaign or their involvement in it.
We have also been informed that Dr Tharoor has never met Mr T K A Nair, the prime minister's principal secretary, nor discussed his candidature with Mr A K Damodaran, the retired diplomat.
We regret the inference that Dr Tharoor's ethnicity was responsible for the Government of India's support for his candidature.