07/25/2017: The official twitter handle of the Delhi IGI Airport (@Delhi_Airport) quoted a tweet of a user Shefali Vaidya (@ShefVaidya), where Shefali said Congress is not the enemy of BJP, but of India. Indeed, @Delhi_Airport promptly quoted it and tweeted “Without Doubts!!!!” And the twitter Indian community got unsettled upon seeing this. But is this the first time an official verified government handle has tweeted party propaganda? Actually many government handles did this several times in the past.
On 07/26/2016, the official handle of Startup India (@startupindia) shared tweets calling for the army to attack “presstitutes” critical of PM Modi. Of course, the handle deleted the tweet soon after. But nobody apologized for the content.
— Joy (@Joydas) July 26, 2016
On 09/01/2016, the official handle of All India Radio (@airnewsalerts) tweeted against Rahul Gandhi who said he’ll face trial in the RSS defamation case. Of course, AIR pulled it down soon.
Unprecedented, unheard of that official broadcaster should attack Mr Rahul Gandhi! Shameful & unpardonable. pic.twitter.com/q8NHpq42is
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) September 1, 2016
On 09//09/2016, the official handle of Digital India (@_DigitalIndia) shared a poem calling for Kashmiri genocide saying “Heights of Patriotism..!!!” This caused a furor in the Indian twitter-sphere.
— Ankit Lal (@AnkitLal) September 8, 2016
Of course, the handle pulled down the tweet and suspended the user, with IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad apologizing for the incident.
And here are a few more instances where the government’s official handles have resembled trolls:
— Ankita Shah (@Ankita_Shah8) October 5, 2016
And one more – CEA Arvind Subramanian’s twitter handle sharing porn.
Well, all we can say is, the government must clearly separate official work and propaganda/personal work. Because, mixing them up leads to catastrophic consequences, apart from merely shocking the public. For instance, people outside of India could see this and it will further ruin our name. The onus is now on the government to take action and prevent such incidents from happening in the future.
The Delhi Aiport authorities tweeted a clarification on their twitter account. The account was hacked we have now taken control of the official handle, removed the controversial tweet and would investigate the incident further. Delhi Airport authorities also tendered an apology for the inconvenience.
Our clarification. pic.twitter.com/Xb6ptjMzMr
— Delhi Airport (@Delhi_Airport) July 25, 2017