The MP took the trolls in his stride and tweeted that atleast now more people would talk about Mahavir Jayanti.

Shashi Tharoor mixes up Buddha and Mahavir A savage Twitter trolls him
Social Social media Friday, March 30, 2018 - 15:14

Twitter controversies aside, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor is not known to commit a faux pas as his social media game is generally on point. 

Among the exceptions was when he tweeted a wish for Mahavir Jayanti on Thursday. That wouldn’t have been anything out of the usual, had he not tweeted a photo of Gautam Buddha to go with it.

Twitter users were quick to notice this, and responded by taking a leaf right out of Tharoor’s book.

People responded to Tharoor’s tweet by exaggerating Tharoor’s erroneous tweet. For instance, one person tweeted a picture of Santa Claus, and wished ‘Happy Holi’. Another tweeted a picture of Hitler, and said, “Happy birthday Charlie Chaplin”. There was even a picture of Dexter, from the eponymous TV series about a serial killer, captioned, “celebrating World Peace Day”.

Check out some of the reactions.

Another user even helpfully pointed out the difference between the statues of Mahavir and Buddha.

Taking the trolling in his stride, Tharoor, in response, tweeted “At least, thanks to my apparent error, a lot more people are tweeting on Mahavira than they would otherwise have.”

He also pointed out how two media publications had made the same mistake of tweeting Buddha’s photo for Mahavir Jayanthi. 

Taking cognisance of this, one of the media houses even deleted the erroneous tweet. To this, Tharoor replied saying, “I believe in owning up to my mistakes & not concealing the evidence of my errors. So my mistake (&the chortling that followed) is there for all to see.” (sic)

He also threw in a jibe at the Australia ball tampering scandal.

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