The First War of Twitter


The past two days, the news channel’s have evaded covering a storm in Bihar/ East, a massive quake in China, covered very little of a massive air space shutdown across the world, spoken too little of the much hyped up Sania-Shoaib Malik wedding. Ever wonder why – yes, The First War of Twitter is here.

Lalit Modi and Shashi Tharoor, the two most popular users of twitter, the microblogging site in India, have fought starting from twitter on an IPL team and now the battle royale covers, tweets, print, visual media and press meets as well! Oh.. just forgot.. even the Indian Parliament. The reason – the youngest team on the IPL list – The Cochin team seems to have lost the original support it had (Koochu Kutties as of now, as they do not have a name :)). Both these gentlemen used Twitter to communicate first. Modi even tweeted IPL announcements through twitter some times. Tharoor, well, his twitter fan following club has grown from a mere thousand to over 6 Lakhs in just six to seven months!

To me, both these men are stalwarts in their areas. Tharoor, has brought life to the otherwise non vibrant ministries. Communicated with the junta in the right sense using tweets as a medium. Not that I am against Mr SMK here, he was still the best Chief Minister Karnataka had in the recent times. Modi, on the other hand, has probably taken BCCI to the next level. Conceiving the idea of IPL, was probably something that no other lazy brain would have thought and well as he is rightly called – premosupremo, he wants to have the say always. Aftear all its his IPL!

There have been mistakes from both parties over the Kochi team and I list them out as below and probably why the two need to be reprimanded by their respective bosses:

– Firstly Modi, they must have pre-announced the cities for the bids. If they wanted Ahmedabad in as Tharoor or his team claims, then why get Kochi into picture
– Kochi, already has a major fan following for football. If Tharoor and his team wanted Kochi, then they would have killed another sport in India which probably is alive only in three states! So did they think of it or were they just making money?
– Modi, knew that a team from Ahemdabad or Lucknow, would have had a bigger fan base than a team in kochi. Since they already had a team from Maharashtra, they could have grouped cities in the bid, like say Kochi/Pune and Ahmedabad/Lucknow, forcing the bidders to pick any one of ’em without affecting the balance.
– Tharoor, I seriously, do not know his relation with Ms Pushkar, who claims to be a realty agent in Dubai, but the company has disowned her!!!! So why was he supporting her???
– Kochi team, must clearly list out their consortium’s co-owners. Even the representitive who was present when the bids were opened looked clueless and shocked on winning the bid! Now, they have got Harshad Mehta from Dubai as their CEO! More murkier.
– Modi and IPL board, must have gone in depth in the Rendezvous consortium in the beginning itself. What were they doing until Modi, tweeted last week?

On the other hand, the story is politically very spicy as well. Tharoor has been slammed by almost every single person from his party as well as the opposition as well as the people who call themselves the opposition! Sharad Pawar, who runs the BCCI, has not spoken a word about this… Wonder Why??? If he does, I doubt if he will be holding his ministerial berth with the food inflation being so high! Soniya madam ki daya chahiye… Then no comment press, I am on a foreign tour to escape the summers! Sorry….

This apart, I personally want both of them to continue in their positions, may be just warned and let off. Tharoor is learning as a minister and well he is trying to change the way ministers are being seen by the youth. Modi, he is in a different league altogether… A shrewed businessman, amazing planning, great vision. No one in the current BCCI team can match his stature or connect with everyone like he does.

The first war of twitter, will definitely not end soon and the sufferers may be the IPL teams, franchises, players, the brand itself. Hope Tharoor/ Modi will come out clean and just improve the image of their respective departments.

In my personal opinion as well, I think Ahmedabad must get an IPL team. Pune, I still do not think it is worth it. The geographical distance w.r.t Mumbai, may put the team at risk. IPL next year, may soon go beyond the hieghts of Dharmasala as well.

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About amarharish
Was working as a Consultant for Five Years. Moved on to pursue a Masters in Management at Great Lakes, Chennai. Interests include Hi Tech, Brands, Quizzing, Leadership to name a few!

One Response to The First War of Twitter

  1. Epos System says:

    It’s in fact very difficult in this full of activity life to listen news on Television, therefore I only use world wide web for that reason, and get the hottest information.

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