Thursday, September 17, 2009

Twittering might cost Shashi Tharoor his job

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

Shashi Tharoor seems to be in the news for all the wrong reasons. First it was lodging in a Five Star Hotel as Kerela Bhawan could not provide him with 'privacy' and 'gym' to tone his body. Now his obsession with Twitter and sharing too much of his opinion with the netizens might cost him his job. Not only has he overstepped the Lakshman Rekha in a recent twitter post he seems to have hit the Gandhis directly.

In a recent Twitter post when the Minister of State for External Affairs was asked whether he would fly “cattle class” the next time he travels to Kerala. Tharoor candidly replied “Absolutely, in cattle class out of solidarity with all our holy cows!”. This however hasn't gone down too well with his party colleagues especially on a day when Rahul Gandhi took the Government's austerity drive to a next level by travelling to Ludhiana via train.

Now Mr Tharoor has spent too much of his time abroad and for him an Economy Class flight and Rajdhani First AC in India would seem cattle car. But Mr Tharoor has acted foolishly by making his thoughts public. The politicians in this country have always been aloof from the problems on the ground but the smartness lies in not accepting this in public. Tharoor has been a diplomat and political commemorator for too long, wonder how he made such a blunders.

Shashi Tharoor might have tried to take a leaf out of Obama's book and tried to connect to the people of this country on Twitter. But he forgot facts that more than half the population in this country is still illiterate and devoid of power supply. Plus he is working with people (read MPs) who gift their grandchildren with the laptops which was provided to them by the government to make them in tune with the information technology age.

The biggest of all sin that Tharoor did was breaking the biggest thumb rule of the party. Tharoor might have forgotten is when you are in Congress you don't speak against the Gandhis. From Jawaharlal to Indira and from Rajiv to Rahul they have been the power centres of the party. The moment one breaches the line his power supply is cut off. If he wants a long term career in the Congress and rise up within the party he has to learn how to respect a 'Sonia Ji' and a 'Rahul Ji'

One piece of advice for Mr. Tharoor stop Twittering even if you have no work in your ministry or else the party might make you free to Twitter 24x7.


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