Mr Tharoor tweeted the Mahavir Jayanti wishes early this morning:
Twitterati were quick to point out Mr Tharoor's faux pas:
Thank You. But Shashi you have put Bhagwan Gautam Buddh 's pic ISO of Bhagwan Mahavir 's. Thanks.— Jiggs (@Sootradhar) March 29, 2018
Thank you so much sir and same to you, but that photo is not of #LordMahavir it's of Gautam Buddha. As you know, Jainism and Buddhism are two different religions. :)— Shubham Jain (@Imshubham_jain) March 29, 2018
The picture is of #GautamBuddha it's not supposed to be Mahavira@ShashiTharoor however you were supposed to be scholar, how come this huge sin— Anima Sonkar (@AnimaSonkar) March 29, 2018
To err is human, and you are one!@ippatel@SaurabhJNU@apathak50@JNU_IN@INCIndia@RSSorg@AshishSainram@gjha88
The author of several books on India, Indian history, and one titled Why I Am A Hindu has put a Gautam Buddha pic to wish Bhagwan Mahavir Jayanti pic.twitter.com/lOKtxxW2Ee— Aashish Chandorkar (@c_aashish) March 29, 2018
Sir, google hi kar lete.— Incognito_River (@Incognito_River) March 29, 2018
And troll him as well:
Happy Diwali pic.twitter.com/hIV3p7DCI4— Gujarati Jon Snow (@Gujju_Jon) March 29, 2018
Eid mubarak pic.twitter.com/tNCmasUJuj— Troll hub (@tejasarcasm) March 29, 2018
Happy Holi!! pic.twitter.com/gu1TF4u2Sn— Rosy (@rose_k01) March 29, 2018
Happy navroz, bhaijaan..!! pic.twitter.com/LBOaokQyiD— BK ACHAN (@darthACHAN) March 29, 2018
At first, Mr Tharoor appeared to defend his tweet, pointing to the source of his image:
Here's the source for my picture: https://t.co/OrNVaFsJqd— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 29, 2018
Authentic, accepted alternatives most welcome. At least, thanks to my apparent error, a lot more people are tweeting on Mahavira than they would otherwise have! https://t.co/vYHNgeeY22
Soon, Mr Tharoor began tagging and calling out other media houses for using the wrong images, welcoming them to "the club of mistaken Mahavira pictures"
Seems @ZeeNews has deleted their erroneous image. But 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. Honesty (as @stevesmith49 &co have found out) is always the best policy. https://t.co/8h1pfNYN8V— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 29, 2018
Replying to his critics, Mr Tharoor, a social media favourite, finally wrote: "I believe in owning up to my mistakes & not concealing the evidence of my errors... Honesty (as @stevesmith49 & co have found out) is always the best policy."
As it turns out, Mr Tharoor wasn't the only one to make this mistake.
Dimple Yadav, Samajwadi Party's MP from Kannauj and wife of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, also tweeted a picture of Buddha instead of Lord Mahavir to her followers.
And a BJP spokesperson alleged that the Congress in Karnataka had erroneously used an image of Buddha on a hoarding wishing people on Mahavir Jayanti.
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