IFS Day among top trends after tweets by Modi and others

NEW DELHI: The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Day celebrations went global this year with all Indian missions abroad working in tandem on social media and also undertaking various activities to mark the occasion. According to government sources, one “unique feature” this year was that more than 30 foreign envoys and several other dignitaries abroad conveyed their congratulatory messages through social media handles.
The Indian Foreign Service Day was celebrated on 9 October 2020. The #IndianForeignService and #ServingTheNation were the two hashtags used across social media and were among the top 25 trends in India, with President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi and foreign minister S Jaishankar also congratulating the IFS officers.
“PM’s tweet on IFS day was supplemented by various other Ministers / former Ministers including Minister of Civil Aviation, Minister of Jal Shakthi, Petroleum and AYUSH. They congratulated the Indian diplomatic community for their service to the nation,’’ said a source.

In the later part of the day, he added, foreign secretary Harsh Shringla, in a special online event coordinated by Indian Foreign Service Association, addressed the IFS officers.
“ A unique feature of the IFS Day 2020 was that more than 30 envoys based in India have conveyed their congratulatory messages on the IFS Day through their social media handles, through quoting the tweets of Indian dignitaries, retweeting video messages and tweets,’’ said the official.
The government said that while Indian missions and posts widely amplified the hashtags and undertook various innovative activities, many foreign dignitaries, including the Bhutan foreign minister also shared their congratulations
“Indian community abroad took the opportunity and thanked the IFS community for their contributions. Some of them included our Missions and Posts in Senegal, Tanzania, Brazil and Frankfurt, to name a few. Indian Missions and Posts across the globe amplified the IFS day by widely engaging the tweets and content of leadership. More than 175 Missions have aptly celebrated the IFS Day by several ways, including by planting trees on the occasion, by Mission in Laos; making a short videos of Officers and their roles, by our Mission in Myanmar; and creating the content in local languages like our Missions in Egypt, Spain and Argentina. Relevant IFS Day messages and contents were translated and engaged in 14 world languages’’, said the official.

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