Shashi bows out a quatrain for what was not to be [rubai]
Tuesday, October 3, 2006 (New York):-- Shashi Tharoor pulls out of UN race
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. . . .
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.