Tharoor's tweet on Gandhi becomes an issue

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Shashi Tharoor
New Delhi, Oct 3: The External Affairs minister, Shashi Tharoor whose tweet on government's austerity drive had snowballed into a big controversy, is again in the media limelight over his new 'retweet' on Gandhi Jayanti.

Mr Tharoor posted a reproduction of a message on how Gandhi who believed that 'work is worship' would have wished to see the country work harder on his birthday instead of enjoying a holiday.

Quoting Mr Nguyen Thi Doan, whom he met on Oct 1 at a dinner hosted by Vice-President Hamid Ansari on his retweet, Mr Tharoor added, "Vietnamese vice-president said yesterday: in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh's birthday is a working day and citizens are expected to put in extra effort at work to honour him".

This comes just days after the controversy surrounding his 'cattle-class' remark on the austerity drive hit the media, with Congress leaders reacting to the post on the micro-blogging site as an outrageous offense.

Mr Tharoor's point of view on the honouring the 'father of the nation' by working harder on Gandhi Jayanti celebrated every year on Oct 2 instead of a government holiday was also seen in a negative light.

However, considering that India's multicultural and multiregious nature has given the country enough holidays all around the year, Mr Tharoor's argument can just as well be considered as a serious topic to debate upon instead of just turning it into an issue.

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