Oommen Chandy on Google Hangout today, claims he will interact with two million students

I know there are a lot of things you can fault with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy but the one thing that stands out most of the time is over doing his PR. This article, in The New Indian Express claims that he will be interacting with two million students online.

Now thinks about this:

  1. Is it possible to “interact” with two million students?
  2. How did you arrive at the two million figure? Even took Rajinikanth starrer Kochadaiyaan’s trailer one day to cross one million views. Can our Chief Minister beat Ranjikath?
  3. If your Youtube channel has only 530 subscribers and eight comments, shouldn’t this give you an indication for what to expect?

Now, the CM might be innocent in this, maybe The New Indian Express reporter wanted a sensational heading or lazy journalism, maybe the company behind the initiative wanted publicity at any cost (even at the CM’s expense).

The best thing for this office to do would be for him and his office to draw the line when it comes to cheap over hyped publicity. The CM’s office needs to clear publicity material and press releases made about him otherwise he is the one who is going to suffer.

We will be watching how many people interact with him today and perhaps even ask him about this.

5 comments

  1. It is because it will be shown across all the schools in kerala for 10th to 12th students. Now do your math, 20 lakhs is a conservative figure here.

  2. In my opinion, the objective does not matter in any way. He is committing to his duties as the CM of the state. I think the initiative should be applauded and honestly, I cannot remember the last time a CM spend time with the literate youth (excluding the young politicians in college); youth that actually spends time with books. As a guy not leaning towards any political party, Oomen Chandy is the best CM for the state at present.

  3. Haha. Good analysis. Hope the PR team is technically efficient before giving out the next statement.

  4. […] We have said this before. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy seems to be in a rush to impress. The PR overkill is hurting his credibility. Why first promote the reports stating we are one of the best states in the country and then a few days later state that the report is flawed? […]

  5. […] We have said this before. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy seems to be in a rush to impress. The PR overkill is hurting his credibility. Why first promote the reports stating we are one of the best states in the country and then a few days later state that the report is flawed? […]

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