Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Shashi bows out  a quatrain for what was not to be   [rubai]

Tuesday, October 3, 2006 (New York):
India's nominee Shashi Tharoor has pulled out of the race for the post of the next UN Secretary General.
The decision came after the South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon emerged a clear winner in the fourth straw polls. . . .
"It is a great honour and a huge responsibility to be Secretary-General, and I wish Mr Ban every success in that task," Shashi Tharoor said.
"I entered the race because of my devotion to the United Nations, and for the same reason I will strongly support him as the next Secretary-General. The UN, and the world, has a stake in his success". . . .
Shashi Tharoor only managed 10 encouragements, and 3 against. but he most importantly received a discouragement from a permanent member, effectively a veto.
Although its unclear who the veto came from for Mr Tharoor, sources in the UN have speculated it was from the US. . . .
        -- Shashi Tharoor pulls out of UN race

Whereas Shashi was shushed it's a shame
worldly facts have their wax and their wane
thus Ki-Moon gets the chair while Tharoor
wanders freely in fiction again


Shashi Tharoor being known firstly as an Indian novelist, and more lately as India's nominee for the noted 5-year post.


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