Do as I Say

India Today - - UPFRONT - @ShougatDas­gupta

Not as I do, Naren­dra Modi should have said, as he in­structed a room­ful of civil ser­vants to use so­cial me­dia for the broader pub­lic good as op­posed to self-pro­mo­tion. The prime min­is­ter has re­ceived lav­ish praise, at home and abroad, for his as­tute use of the likes of Twit­ter, Face­book and Google Han­gouts. Most of it, whether it’s os­ten­ta­tiously em­brac­ing Barack Obama or drink­ing tea with his mother, has bur­nished his im­age as at once a man of the peo­ple and a tow­er­ing states­man. It is a re­flec­tion of Modi’s amour pro­pre that when he and the BJP achieved their sweep­ing elec­tion vic­tory in 2014, he tweeted that “In­dia has won!” But the prime min­is­ter is prob­a­bly cor­rect. While bu­reau­crats should be above self-pro­mo­tion and self-praise, these are the politi­cian’s stock in trade.

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