Most of our ministers and politicians have got social media savvy – even those who don’t conform to the prevalent notions attached with the savviness of being socially aware of media’s commoners’ extension.
But not without the routine hues of our so-routine politics – a potent mix of ‘to be/not to be/and maybe’.
And ‘I, me, myself, my work, my constituency, my party and my ideology are always right’ is the basic tenet here as well – something that first comes to the senses that prevail this landscape – something that defines our politics when we look for words to describe it.
That makes our politicians ‘selectively honest’ – be it direct communication or indirect access to people through social media.
So, even if our ministers and politicians have got social media savvy, their activity (or intense activity, like that of Suresh Prabhu, our rail minister) is heavily loaded towards favourable views and cosy knits.
And Suresh Prabhu comes in the front league of such signatures.
Though he looks like one of the most busy souls in our system, tweeting dozens of views and replies every day, he never responds to negative or uncomfortable tweets. I would like to use ‘seldom in place of never’ here, but if I go by my experience, it doesn’t allow that – going by at least two bad experiences that I have had with Indian Railways. One was today and one was sometimes in the past. On both occasions, seeing Twitter promptness of Mr. Prabhu, I tweeted my problems tagging him. I did so multiple times but not even once did Mr. Prabhu respond.
Just a cursory glance through my tweets today and those of Mr. Prabhu will be more than enough to prove the point here. And like it is, and like I wrote in my previous post on Mr. Prabhu’s ‘social media alertness’, it doesn’t matter whether Mr. Prabhu personally handles his social media accounts or he has a team to manage it.
While my tweets are here, Mr. Prabhu’s Twitter handle is @SureshPrabhu. You can go there and check yourself.