5 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts on India

Diverse voices from India using Twitter to discuss politics, technology, business, fashion and pop culture.

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With more than 1 billion people, a sizable number of Indians are connected to the Internet and actively use social media sites.

Ranked second just behind China, India boasts 33 million active Twitter users, described as those “who used or contributed to the platform at least once a month.” The United States placed third with 23 million active Twitter users out of a population of 313 million.

Since there are more Indian Twitter users than American Twitter users, it is probably a good idea to learn more about what is happening in the Indian subcontinent.

India’s linguistic and ethnic makeup is incredibly diverse: The 2001 Census of India lists a total of 122 languages and 234 mother tongues with over 10,000 speakers. However, for simplicity sake, the following Twitter accounts to follow on India contain tweets primarily in English.

1. Ram Madhav

Bio: Ram Madhav is Director of the India Foundation. He writes frequent commentary on his blog.

Tweets about: A prolific Twitter user with a substantial following, Ram tweets mainly on Domestic Indian politics, international affairs and relations with Pakistan.

2. Rachna Sharma

Bio: An expert hospitality professional, Rachna is a gold medalist from Mangalore University with a Bachelors in hotel management. She is a philanthropist and coauthor of the book Globalization and Voices from Indian Practitioners. Rachna is also brand ambassador for “Red Light to Violence against women in India,” a sociocultural project supported by UNESCO, UNICEF, Kerala Tourism, ICCR, Instituto Cervantess & Spanish Authorities.

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Tweets about: Wide range of issues from business, local Indian issues, fashion, travel and popular culture.

3. Romi Jain

Bio: Vice President of the Indian Journal of Asian Affairs, a bi-annual, peer-reviewed  journal published in June and December.

Tweets about: Domestic Indian issues, poetry, health and the environment.

4. Monika Chansoria

Bio: A Senior Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi, Dr. Chansoria holds a Post-Doctorate in International Relations from the French Foundation of Humanities and Sciences, Paris. She has been a recipient of various prestigious international academic fellowships including the 2012 Senior Visiting Fellowship by the Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, USA and the Japanese Global Chair of Excellence Fellowship at the Hokkaido University, Japan.

Tweets about: Foreign affairs, security and cooperation issues between India, Pakistan and China.

5. Bibhu Prasad Routray

Bio: Singapore-Based Security Analyst and Consultant.

Tweets about: Indian politics, Kashmir, counterterrorism, Indian-Pakistani relations.

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