How IFS Sneha Dubey won Twitter with silence

Young IFS Sneha Dubey wins Twitter twice, second time with silence

IFS Sneha Dubey was all over the internet on Friday for her strong reply to Pakistan PM at the UNGA

Screengrab from video of First Secretary Sneha Dubey's speech at UNGA. Credit: Twitter/ @IndiaUNNewYork

The first time 2011-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Sneha Dubey won the internet was due to the calmness with which she delivered on Friday India's right to rebuttal on the falsehoods attempted by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Dubey's family roots, her education in Goa and Pune's Fergusson College culminating in a masters from New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, and even her dream of joining the foreign service since she was 12, were shared fast and furious over multiple news reports and social posts.

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Some padded this up invoking another young daughter of Indian diplomacy, Enam Gambhir, who delivered the lines, "Pakistan, the Ivy League of terrorism".

Gambhir had put in just 12 years of service at that time and there she was, rebutting the head of government.

A more recent comparison was last year. Here, Vidisha Maitra, a 2009 batch deputy-secretary rank diplomat, yorked Khan's veiled threat of nuclear devastation as an example of 'brinkmanship' and not 'statesmanship'.

But on Saturday, in Dubey's case, it wasn't just her stinging quote, "Pakistan is an 'arsonist' disguising itself as a 'fire-fighter'."

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More glory came thanks to an extra enthusiastic anchorperson, live feedbacking her, gatecrashing into an anteroom where Dubey was calmly reviewing some papers. The anchor did the standard number of thrusting the gun mike demanding a quip. But what did Dubey do? She smiled charmingly and didn't utter a word. Not even "no comments".

When the anchorperson, who incidentally has a PM interview among her achievements, persisted, Dubey struck a courteous bow and pointed her right arm akin to adman Bobby Kooka's Air-India Maharajah we've grown up seeing. Result? Both ladies trended. But only Dubey won Twitter. Without saying a word.

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