The irony is impossible to escape. On Sunday, April 18, India's best known user of the microblogging site Twitter, Shashi Tharoor, resigned from his post as the country's junior minister for foreign affairs, felled by a scandal that began less than a week earlier with a rival's tweet. Not surprisingly, a scandal that involves politics, cricket and the whiff of illicit romance has dominated local headlines. But in the end, the Tharoor affair is less important for its drama than for its potential impact on India's political culture.
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