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Willing to enter politics if opportunity appears: Tharoor

jaipur Updated: Jan 25, 2009 10:59 IST

Expressing willingness to enter politics, noted diplomat and India's candidate for the office of UN Secretary General in 2006, Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said educated middle class Indians have for long abdicated their responsibility of reforming the much-criticised political system in their country.

"I am not running for anything but I am not running away from anything," Tharoor said, responding to a question over reports that he was preparing to join politics.

"Frankly, if an opportunity comes I would be tempted to take it. I believe many of us, especially the middle class people, who complain of the rot in politics have abdicated their responsibility to set it right," he said in Jaipur at the fourth edition of the Jaipur Literature festival.

Tharoor said many middle class people look forward to seeing some different people making into politics but there are very few traditionally middle class people going into the zone.

"However, since I am more interested in policy making, the question is whether people would like me given an opportunity to suggest on policy issues," he quipped.

He said it was a positive sign to see at least a dozen young lawmakers in the parliament with a vision for the nation, who have ideas, in some cases acquired from their education in foreign countries.

"They are at least bringing about a new sensibility to the system," he said.