Grow up India: Shashi Tharoor's tweets

Opinion

Last week in India the buzz was "Cattle Class" and "Holy cows". Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, the urbane and articulate former international diplomat, was targeted for his light-hearted remark replying to a question on his Twitter page.

It is unfortunate that in India every remark, every joke is always taken out of context in the name of tradition or in the name of something else, and given a political colour. The funniest part of this entire episode was the way politicians used these two words and started targeting the Minister of State. There was even demand for Mr. Shashi Tharoor to resign. If this is not the height of idiocy, then what else is?

We Indians need to grow up and should try to see things with an open mind. Otherwise a simple joke can become an unnecessary political controversy and a worthless national debate.
It is only great statesmanship from Mr. Shashi Tharoor, who showed a great deal of maturity in handling this situation and moved on.

We Indians will be better served by politicians if they focus on development work rather than getting busy debating "holy cows" in TV studios.

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