The minister of Twitter

India's Shashi Tharoor shows juvenile American politicians how micro-blogging should be done.


Andrew Leonard
June 12, 2009 9:15PM (UTC)

Shashi Tharoor, recently appointed India's minister of external state affairs, is, according to his Wikipedia page, "a prolific author, columnist, journalist, human-rights advocate, humanitarian and adviser or fellow of various institutions."

Fully rounding out his renaissance profile, he is also, reports Sepia Mutiny, "the first Indian minister to actively use Twitter."

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Sepia Mutiny compiles some excerpts, and by god, they have just about convinced How the World Works to get on board the Twitter-train. While American politicians (I'm looking at you, Charles Grassley) comport themselves on Twitter in a fashion that would embarrass most self-respecting teenagers in either India or the United States, the minister manages to be funny, informative and, most of the time, typographically coherent.

To wit:

Have given 13 interviews in 3 languages and 2 more TV shows pending. A little overwhelmed by the media scum.
3:31 PM May 19th from TwitterBerry

Scrum. I meant, scrum.
3:32 PM May 19th from TwitterBerry

@renuka book will be published in 2010. A collection of my tweets. Tentative title: "Meet, Eat and Tweet: Using Twitter to Keep the Public Tharoorly Uninformed."
9:35 PM Jun 5th from TwitterBerry


Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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