Shashi Tharoor is known for most follwed political figures incountry. His tweets are widely popular among his followeres. However, Tharoor committed a huge mistake on Twitter and got brutally trolled for his error. Tharoor had shared a picture of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi's 'US visit' in 1954 to counter Narendra Modi's mega event in Houston with the US President Donald Trump.
In a dig at the 'Howdy, Modi' event, Tharoor wrote that the Americans had turned out in large numbers to see the then India prime minister and her daughter despite any special PR campaign or NRI crowd management.
"Nehru & India Gandhi in the US in 1954. Look at the hugely enthusiastic spontaneous turnout of the American public, without any special PR campaign, NRI crowd management or hyped-up media publicity," Tharoor wrote.
Nehru & India Gandhi in the US in 1954. Look at the hugely enthusiastic spontaneous turnout of the American public, without any special PR campaign, NRI crowd management or hyped-up media publicity. pic.twitter.com/aLovXvCyRzâ€” Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 23, 2019
However, Tharoor made two huge errors in this tweet. He ended up calling Indira Gandhi 'India Gandhi'. Also the picture turned out to be from Moscow in 1955. A simple reverse google image search shows that it was taken during Nehru and Indira's visit to Russia.
The blunder was first pointed out by journalist R Jagannathan. Soon, after the mistakes were pointed out, netizens began trolling Tharoor on both counts.
That is Moscow 1956. Totally arranged adulation— R Jagannathan (@TheJaggi) September 23, 2019
Pic 1:-— Sujay Raj (@Sujay__Raj) September 23, 2019
â–ªï¸ÂThe Pic is not from US, it's from Moscow
â–ªï¸ÂThe Pic is not of 1954, it's of 1956.
â–ªï¸ÂShe's not India Gandhi, She's Indira Gandhi
â–ªï¸ÂAccording to Shashi Tharoor Sir Nehru & India Gandhi in the US in 1954.
Do Some basic fact check before Spreading pic.twitter.com/cA5LXtOQTT
That is Moscow. Same Moscow which sent millions of rubles to Mrs. Indira Gandhi and her cabinet ministers.— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) September 24, 2019
Same Moscow which paid and controlled CWC to impose emergency.
Same Moscow which Mrs. Gandhi almost sold India to.
You can watch #TheTashkentFiles to know more. https://t.co/GSaRXUnPRg
Tharoor soon took to his Twitter to respond to his mistake. He admitted that he had made an error but said that that points he was trying to make still applied.
I am told this picture (forwarded to me) probably is from a visit to the USSR and not the US. Even if so, it still doesn't alter the message: the fact is that former PMs also enjoyed popularity abroad. When @narendramodi is honoured, @PMOIndia is honoured; respect is for India. https://t.co/9KQMcR0zTD— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 23, 2019