Former United Nations General Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize laureate General Kofi Annan passed away at the age of 80, following a short illness. Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Announcing the news of the leader’s demise, the Kofi Annan Foundation wrote on its Twitter page, “It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness.”
Annan was the first black African to assume the office of world’s top diplomat, serving two terms as secretary-general from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006. He later also served as the UN special envoy for conflict-ridden Syria.
In 2001, Annan and the UN were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Reacting to the death, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted: “Deeply shocked to learn of the passing of my friend & mentor #KofiAnnan. The last time we spoke he had accepted my invitation to come to Kerala in 2022 to celebrate his “thousand moons”. He was so fit I had no doubt he would go on well past that date. I have lost an elder brother.”
Remembering the late leader, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said in a statement, “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.”
Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor has said Swami Vivekananda, the 19th century spiritual leader who took Indian philosophy to the West, would face violent attacks for endorsing humanity in present-day India.
Speaking at an event in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, attended by social activist Swami Agnivesh, the senior Congress leader referred to the attack on the 79-year-old last month in Jharkhand.
“I’m convinced if Swami Vivekananda were to come to today’s India, he would be the target of these goondas that Swami Agnivesh has been. They will bring engine oil to throw at his face and will also try to knock him down on the streets because Swami Vivekananda would be saying, respect people. He would say humanity is more important,” Mr Tharoor said.
Swami Agnivesh, known for his work against bonded labour, was slapped, kicked around and verbally abused at Pakur on July 17, by a mob, which he said belonged to the BJP-affiliated youth groups who accused him of speaking against Hindus.
The state BJP has denied any complicity of their youth wing in the attack.
Mr Tharoor, who was targeted by the BJP last month after he said if the BJP won the 2019 national elections, India will become a “Hindu Pakistan” and the party will “tear up the Constitution of India and write a new one”, picked up his attack where he had left it.
“According to Ministry of Home Affairs statistics, in the past four years, 2,920 incidents of communal violence has been reported… 70 cases of cow vigilantism – of this 68 took place in the last four years under BJP rule,” he said, delivering an address titled ‘Standing Up to Hatred: Intolerance and Violence in Contemporary India.
According to the Twitter Audit analysis, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi leads with the highest percentage of fake Twitter. He is followed close behind by BJP president Amit Shah, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and PM Modi
It means more than half the followers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Twitter are fake, according to a study conducted by digital platform Twiplomacy.
Rahul Gandhi with the highest percentage of fake Twitter followers: 69 percent. He is closely followed by BJP president Amit Shah (67% of his Twitter followers are fake). PM Modi, the most followed Indian leader on Twitter, stands at number three (61 percent of his Twitter followers are fake).
On the other hand, US President Donald Trump’s percentage of fake followers is much lower than our Indian leaders – at 26 percent.
The audits of several Indian accounts checked on the website were updated months ago. The time they were last audited is indicated in the graphic. The total number of current followers are as seen on Twitter.com on March 13.
The list also features Arun Jaitley, Arvind Kejriwal, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh.
Known for his impeccable command over the English language, and has given Indians a run for their dictionary every time he tweets something, Mr Shashi Throor has set new bars in the language. His grip over the English language had also forced the dairy giant Amul topical to ask, “Tharooraurus anyone?” But what about his knowledge of the Hindi language? Confused, eh? Yes, it’s true.
Challenging him for a Hindi quiz, independent journalist known for his ‘Why so serious’ show, Akash Banerjee asked him to take a ‘chipp pill’ and define some of the Hindi words and phrases. From words like popat, laupad gamini and gulchhare to achhe din, Tharoor failed in a few and of course nailed some with classic elan and style. On the sidelines, he also flaunted his Hindi knowledge by defining table tennis in the language.
The linguist maestro Shashi Tharoor hardly makes any mistake on social media. He is one of the most sensible politician on twitter or in general as well. He has committed a rare blunder on twitter and people are trolling him bad!
His tweet –
Here’s how people trolled him –
We are all made of bones and flesh. Man makes mistake. He did too..
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is quite popular on the social media and enjoys a very loyal fan base. Known for his impressive vocabulary, Tharoor is one politician on Twitter whose replies and tweets are not only impressive but also bang-on. At a recently held 10th Delhi Queer Pride Parade, when a man proposed to the MP from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor had the perfect response to this on Twitter.
When a magazine drew the author and former diplomat’s attention towards the man, who was holding the poster that “Shashi Tharoor, marry me” at Delhi Pride Parade, the MP on November 13 replied: “Haha! Now if they were only registered to vote in Thiruvananthapuram, it would be even better!”
The man, who was captured holding the poster, goes by the name Surya HK on Twitter.
Check out Surya’s picture posted on Instagram by someone called ‘paharimonk’:
Tharoor’s candid response to the proposal left Twitterati quite impressed.
While some told him to become the next Prime Minister of India, another wrote” “I wish I was eligible for voting in India… this guy is wowsome.”
Sashi Tharoor (born 9 March 1956) is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela since 2009.
Ishaan Tharoor is a Foreign affairs writer and is into history, geopolitics, and proper football. On Saturday, Ishaan Tharoor & Bhumika embarked their marriage life and get blessings from the family members as well as the Twitterati. Here are some glimpse:
Here are some glimpse: