How is the Internet changing the democratic process, and what will happen as many more constituents come online? In a conversational session on The role of the Internet in Indian Politics at Big Tent Activate Summit New Delhi 2013 held today the esteemed panel of speakers and moderator shared some very noteworthy insights.
- Barkha Dutt, Group Editor, NDTV
- Stephanie Cutter, Political Consultant
- Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir
- Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for HRD
- Smriti Irani, Member of Parliament
We share the most striking comments and thoughts shared by the speaker straight from the event.
Barkha Dutt, a very famous Indian media personality, said that Indian politicians prefer FaceBook, and they still do not have clear understanding of how Twitter works. And it is very true, we see many Indian Politicians have active Facebook pages but very few of them are active on Twitter or any other social media network. On the contrary Stephanie Cutter, the well known Political Consultant informs that no U.S politician today can afford to not have an online presence. Shashi Tharoor and Omar Abdullah, Indian politicians, agree to the fact that Indian politics is still new when it comes to running promotional campaigns via social media.
Keeping the session humorous and alive Omar Abdullah points at Shashi Tharoor and says that Tharoor faces more trouble from his political party about his tweeting activity than Omar does.
But we are more pleased to see that atleast two of the above personalities who were advocating the use of social media were active enough to post on Twitter about the successful completion of the session.
Event image courtesy Big Tent India
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