Gandhi’s tryst with Twitter to celebrate his144th birth Anniversary

Twitter, the Social media giant, with over 200 million users*  will meet the global icon of non-violence and truth, Mahatma Gandhi on his 144th birth anniversary celebrated in India on October 2.

The Planning Commission  of India has organized a first ever global Twitter conference to discuss the life and message of Mahatma Gandhi, popularly called “Father of the Nation” in India  to mark his  birth anniversary celebrations. The Twitter Conference will start on 2nd October at 7 PM Indian Standard Time and use #Gandhi

This seems to be new and positive trend to bring alive the teachings & philosophy of individuals in 140 characters who with their values & priniciples had changed the discourse of human history.

1st global Twitter conference on  Gandhi

Recently, on August 28, 2013,  on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech many thronged to Twitter to pay homage to the speech and the Kings legacy by using the #ihaveadream.  King’s speech was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial monument in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963.  The speech is credited with helping ‘spur passage of sweeping civil rights laws’ in United States of America. King was also greatly influenced by the life and works of  Gandhiji.

Sam Pitroda, Chairman National Innovation Council and the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations (PIII) to Improve Governance and Public Services, will lead it from his official Twitter handle @pitrodasam. Pitroda has more than 11 lakh followers on twitter handle. Already, this unique initiative to amplify the power of Gandhiji’s message is gaining ground on the virtual world.

The one hour conference is expected to join by popular twitter users from diverse field to share their opinion & thoughts on the life of Mahatama Gandhi. It is yet to be seen who al from the illustrious twitter users in India participate in this one hour conference.

PIII has also created a Facebook event – Twitter Conference on Mahatma Gandhi . The conference  saw 253 virtual registration for participation. And the, tweet mentioning about the conference posted by  Pitroda got retweeted 163 times and 49 favourited (till 5pm,Oct.2,2013)

Three simple steps to participate in the Twitter Conference

  1. The Twitter Conference will start on 2nd October at 7 PM IST. You can follow the conference on @pitrodasam
  2. Log in to your Twitter account to ask a question or to retweet interesting tweets.
  3. Please ask your question by addressing @pitrodasam and by using Hash Tag: #Gandhi

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