All tweet & bored of work maketh Tharoor Twitter


Now take another tweet of the same day: “Some imply twtng incompatible w discretion reqd of minstr. But discretion is reveald in what you say, not how/where you say it.”
Two months down the line, Tharoor must be ruing the comments. One loose tweet has almost done him in. But that would be for the Congress to decide. A habitual Twitter user, Tharoor’s posts on the social networking site have much to offer on the user: mostly inane, sometimes vain.

He gets bored by the many meetings. On one occasion, he is all praise for the “good reform proposals” on Haj matters (July 23) and on another he finds “Spkng abt a bk of essays on ethics, terrorism & public policy was a welcome change frm mtgs on Haj” (August 27).

In a bid to tweet-transform his image, Tharoor appeared to have lost sense of the very statements he proffered his “followers” who have swelled to over a 100,000, much to the diplomat-turned minister’s satisfaction. From sharing all he does, meets, thinks, eats and sees, to grand-eloquent advice and suggestions, Tharoor’s Blackberry comes in good use.

While having breakfast, or after a meeting with the Namibian president, or after a meeting with the Kerala Congress leaders, or after inaugurating a school or delivering a speech, Tharoor’s Blackberry goes into overdrive. That is all it does: it tweets. There are, of course, attempts at humour, punched out on his Blackberry QWERTY keyboard with the speed and precision of someone very used to punching out SMS. Tharoor’s comment on a Thiruvananthapuram mental health centre smacked of the same “cattle class” humour: “Visited Tvm mental health centre, founded 1870, one of oldest in India. Needs Govt funds to become a ‘centre of excellence’”. That was on July 25. And then this on August 29: “Perhaps crass, but doesn’t sugar crisis present a handy opportunity for us to reassess the excesses of the s. asian diet?” Clearly, his sense of humour was growing by the tweet.

It is Tharoor’s thesis that “our Parliamentary system quite unreasonably expects 2 fulltime jobs out of every minister - 2attend2 pol constncy& ministry” (Sept 5). What with the Congress’ 125-year-old sense of humour, he should consider himself lucky if he is able to retain one of two jobs.

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