The government is conducting a global Twitter conference to commemorate the 144th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi today. Headed by Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, the Twitter conference aims to discuss the life and message of Mahatma Gandhi, and his relevance today.
The Twitter Conference will be held between 7.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. (Indian standard time) and can be followed using the hashtag #Gandhi. One can ask questions by addressing Sam Pitroda’s Twitter handle and using #Gandhi in their tweet.
The conference will also explore the Gandhi Heritage Portal which was just launched by PM Manmohan Singh. The portal hosts more than 5 lakh pages of authentic and verified information on Mahatma Gandhi, with more than 1000 photographs, 21 films, and 72 audio recordings of his speeches.
Developed by the Sabarmati Ashram under the guidance of the Culture Ministry, it has Gandhi’s autobiography in 22 languages. It also features the ‘Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’ in English, Hindi and Gujarati. The Twitter Conference will also be joined by Kartikeya Sarabhai, Trustee, Sabarmati Ashram.
Twitter has been buzzing around the global conference on the Mahatma since quite a few days. Sam Pitroda, who has 117K followers on the micro-social network, has been tweeting about the evening event and sharing useful links to help users in joining the conference. Sam has been sharing the NIC’s article on the conference, which explains how to go about asking questions to him and also features a visual invite to the event.
The Twitter conference marks Indian Government’s increasing adoption of social media for communication and engagement. Sam Pitroda had created history last November when he held the first-ever global press conference on Twitter to discuss global innovation, however, it failed to create an impact.