Shashi"Truly an impossible job."

That's how Shashi Tharoor (author, UN) described the post of UN Secretary General in Maximsnews network. Now the Indian government for the first time has decided to anounce its support for Shashi Tharoor.

I have always believed Malayalees are best when it comes to public relations, communications and diplomacy. Shashi Tharoor has been an inspiration, not just for me but for a whole generation of fellow Stephanians.

Currently he is the Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information. If elected he will be the youngest and first Indian to hold the post.

It is widely expected that the job will go to an Asian this term. So far, the three declared Asian candidates are Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala of Sri Lanka, Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai, and South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon.

Tharoor, the highest-ranking Indian in the world body, has worked in the UN bureaucracy since 1978, has a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in the United States, and is author of several novels, including a political satire titled The Great Indian Novel. (He got his PhD when he was just 22, he was worried about his scholarship running out!)