Iran’s supreme leader is now tweeting in Hindi; does it signal a thaw on India?

10th August 2020

10th August 2020

Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei

Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, current Supreme Leader & Former President of Iran has opened a new official Twitter account in Hindi.

The script used in the bio of his new account is Devanagari and all the tweets written so far are in the same script only.

Ayatollah Khamenei has posted only 2 tweets so far and has already attracted more than 2,700 followers.

At the time of filing this report, the Hindi account was following only 7 other accounts and all of them belong to Ayatollah only.

Khamenei’s new-found love for Hindi doesn’t mean that all is well between India and Iran.  The ties between the two have taken a nosedive in recent months. It all began when India under pressure from the United States reduced oil-buying from Iran to practically zero. It was followed by the top leadership of Iran criticizing India on Kashmir and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), to stir up India’s Muslim citizens. Thereafter, Iran hasn’t involved India in a rail project which would have helped India’s plan to gain territorial access to Asia and Europe from the Chabahar port, presently leased to India.

China has been quick to seize its moment and fish in the troubled waters. According to reports, China is offering a $400 billion trade deal to Islamic Republic of Iran though it’s yet to be presented or vetted by the Iranian parliament.

Reason for such an assessment? Khamenei tweets in different languages, namely Arabic, Russia, Persian, French, Urdu, English and Spanish.

In the Middle East, Ayatollah is the longest-serving head of state. And after Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, he is the second longest-serving Iranian leader.

He has been in office since 1989 and before that, Ayatollah was the president of Iran from 1981 to 1989.

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