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When Speaker asked his social-media handlers to delete posts?

Social media is ruthless to anyone as far as response on contents posted on different platforms are concerned, so has been the case with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla when two posts one concerning Digamber Jain saint and another related to Brahmins were decried. There was so much outrage that he had to ask his social media handlers to delete a few posts.

 

What his handlers fails to count on was the sensibility of the content as Speaker is a constitution position and none of his view could be deemed as personal. Those handling his social media must be able to gauge the repercussion of any post before they are made public.

12 Sep 2019
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Did Jairam Ramesh hit the Bulls Eye?

The BJP might have earned applaud from all across sans handful opposition leaders over abrogation of Article 370 & 35A, but current economic slowdown with GDP @ 5 % appears to be the point on which opposition can take on BJP.


Taking a cue, Jairam Ramesh took a lead in social media when he tweeted that “Ever know what NITI in Niti Ayog stands for? It’s clearly Not In Touch With India”.

 

In a select gathering of retired bureaucrats, his pot-shot at NITI Aayog had become the center of discussion. A former Secretary of a key department observed that when the opposition leaders are clueless over how to make their criticism correct, sharp and acceptable to the masses, Ramesh’s Tweet seems to have hit bulls eye as it was well received in social media. Another retired civil servant observed that most of the opposition leaders have lost their credibility whereas a few still remain acceptable and authentic in public. So it was his clean image and not sharpness of his Tweet that made it effective.

09 Sep 2019
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When Speaker asked his social-media handlers to delete posts?

By IndianMandarins 12 Sep 2019

Social media is ruthless to anyone as far as response on contents posted on different platforms are concerned, so has been the case with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla when two posts one concerning Digamber Jain saint and another related to Brahmins were decried. There was so much outrage that he had to ask his social media handlers to delete a few posts.

 

What his handlers fails to count on was the sensibility of the content as Speaker is a constitution position and none of his view could be deemed as personal. Those handling his social media must be able to gauge the repercussion of any post before they are made public.

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Did Jairam Ramesh hit the Bulls Eye?

By IndianMandarins 09 Sep 2019

The BJP might have earned applaud from all across sans handful opposition leaders over abrogation of Article 370 & 35A, but current economic slowdown with GDP @ 5 % appears to be the point on which opposition can take on BJP.


Taking a cue, Jairam Ramesh took a lead in social media when he tweeted that “Ever know what NITI in Niti Ayog stands for? It’s clearly Not In Touch With India”.

 

In a select gathering of retired bureaucrats, his pot-shot at NITI Aayog had become the center of discussion. A former Secretary of a key department observed that when the opposition leaders are clueless over how to make their criticism correct, sharp and acceptable to the masses, Ramesh’s Tweet seems to have hit bulls eye as it was well received in social media. Another retired civil servant observed that most of the opposition leaders have lost their credibility whereas a few still remain acceptable and authentic in public. So it was his clean image and not sharpness of his Tweet that made it effective.

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Khemka's latest tweet might have ruffled a lot of feathers

By IndianMandarins 23 Jul 2019

Ashok Khemka, IAS, has earned the respect of his colleagues and gratitude of his fellow citizens for being what he is: absolutely steadfast in stain-free public service. So when he says something it's always taken seriously. Though there is no dearth of bureaucrats who criticise him; sometimes convincingly. 

His latest tweet says: "Who tolerates corruption?  A weak and corrupt mind. Such a person may increase his own well being but does not contribute in nation-building. The duty of a true leader is to be intolerant of corruption and to identify and eliminate all those who advise otherwise."

This tweet has triggered a set of whispers in the power corridors. One interpretation is that his Maharshi Vidura-like sage advice is meant for the political leadership who projects itself is fighting corruption but is, in reality, being swayed by the wheeler-dealers of the system. Another is that Ashok may be just advising his friends and followers how to measure the current regime. Both ways, the tweet might have ruffled a lot of feathers.

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IAS officer transferred for "Sarcastic" Tweet on Gandhi

By IndianMandarins 03 Jun 2019

Following her controversial tweet on Mahatma Gandhi Nidhi Choudhari (IAS:2012:MH), serving as Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (Dy MC, BMC), was on June 03, 2019 transferred as Deputy Secretary in Water Resources and Sanitation department considered a less important posting. Her tweet invited strong criticism from all quarters, including NCP, Congress.

 

The government has also issued her a show-cause notice and asked her to explain the comments. Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan told reporters: "IAS officers are expected to speak about issues that concern their departments only. Her comment about Gandhiji was not appreciated."

 

Though, Nidhi clarified that she was a follower of Gandhian ideas and that her tweet was written in a sarcastic vein but was taken at face value.

 

Ms Chaudhari had deleted the tweet after the controversy and issued several clarifications on social media saying she revered the Mahatma.

 

Further she clarified in media saying "I thanked Godse as Mahatma Gandhi did not have to watch these times...People have been writing so much negative and wrong things about Mahatma Gandhi on social media. The negative posts on Mahatma Gandhi have been more visible since January this year and that's why I wrote this tweet,".  

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Rahul’s tweet on Yoga Day: Bad publicity can be better than no, or poor, media visibility ?

By IndianMandarins 22 Jun 2019

Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi has of late been keen on optics though for several awkward reasons. He tweeted on Friday appending a couple of pictures of Army Dog Unit under the caption ‘New India’. This has, indeed, tried to take a dig though in a roundabout way at the virtual cult that the ruling BJP has been able to build over the years around PM Narendra Modi and his pet programme Yoga Day which has attracted appreciation from across the world.

 

Rahul’s tweet with the picture of Army dog squad canines going through yoga motions alongside the Jawans of the unit on PM’s favourite Yoga Day, June 21, has greatly ruffled feathers in political quarters. The intended pun pulled by Congress leader has obviously been directed against the formidable rivals.

 

The people in power corridors say that RG’s tweet might have spurred from the fact that BJP appears to have grabbed most of the hot national issues from the hands of its opponents, leaving almost none for Congress.  

 

Yet, the tweet has become a media sensation at a time when the grand old party has been boycotting television debates by withdrawing its spokespersons and senior leaders from TV channels. Congress blames most media channels of habitually fawning over the BJP and the Government led by it and treating the Opposition, or mainly the Congress, with visible bias.

 

Thus, the Congress president has tried via his tweet to bounce back and possibly seize and dominate the media scene, courtesy a TV spectacle like Yoga Day, while his party is ostensibly shunning the TV channels for past few weeks or so.

 

More than being the brainchild of Rahul the tweet appears to be a salvo fired by the communications department of the Congress. The department has been drawing flak under the stewardship of Congress leader from Haryana Randeep Singh Surjewala for its weak media strategy and poor outreach. This is more so following the crushing defeat of the party in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

 

The Congress tweet clearly tries not only to toggle along millions of other Yoga Day posts on twitter but is also meant to send the BJP in a tizzy by scoring more hits and beating it in its favourite social media game. This is so while being unmindful of the savage troll that the Congress leader has to come to face by now for his quite controversial tweet. It has been castigated by top BJP Ministers Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah among others.

 

The idea behind Rahul’s tweet has apparently been taken from the brand name of an old British music company HMV, or His Master’s Voice.

 

Rahul has indeed been mercilessly trolled. Yet, it appears that the idea behind his apparently bizarre move is that even bad publicity can be better than no, or poor, media visibility as has been the case with the Congress in recent times.

(By Abid Shah)

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