15 May, 2021

The Dot Boomers

The veteran BJP leader, L K Advani was perhaps the first politician to shun a paper diary for a digital one to organise his schedule.

Photograph by Narendra Bisht
The Dot Boomers
outlookindia.com
2016-10-07T19:06:11+05:30

On stage, he politely demurred when Shashi Tharoor, chairman of the jury, described him as a digital pioneer. But when Lal Krishna Advani wrote his first blog post in January 2009, at age 82, there were not many politicians venturing towards this brave and risky new world. He was “technology-agnostic”, he wrote then, but eager to embrace any mode of communication that held out promise.

 For a politician who was steeped in the classic old world of print, having assisted K.R. Malkani at Organiser back in the sixties, it may seem counter-intuitive that four decades later he would be transitioning so effortlessly to the digital world, with his own portal and a signature blog. And looking back from 2016, it’s clear that it was still a nascent world, with Facebook and Twitter in their infancy. But then, the veteran BJP leader was perhaps the first politician to shun a paper diary for a digital one to organise his schedule.

 His presence as the chief guest at the Lloyd-Outlook Social Media (OSM) Awards, therefore, was in the fitness of things....

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