Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan presented the Manorama Newsmaker 2022 Award to Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
Governor Khan hailed the Congress leader and the Thiruvananthapuram MP as one of the best parliamentarians. He said many see political posts as a matter of pride and power, but they should instead use the opportunity to serve the society.
Governor Khan also urged politicians to be compassionate toward the public.
In his reply, Tharoor said politicians should work to improve society and the country. He said one shouldn't strive for personal gains or monetary benefits.
Tharoor said the award will inspire him in his efforts to bring about positive changes in the society. He shared the experiences from his UN days when, as a 25-year-old, he helped migrants.
Tharoor emerged as the Newsmaker after securing the most votes from the public in January. The other finalists were award-winning singer Nanjiyamma, cricketer Sanju Samson and CPM leader E P Jayarajan.