Bollywood diplomacy

Diplomacy is generally a conservative occupation. It tries to change little with the times. There is a reason diplomats were the last people on earth wearing top hats. They will be the last wearing ties and pin-striped suits too.

But in the age of social media diplomats are under pressure to adapt. Many do, though typically in pretty conservative ways. Their Twitter feeds are not generally full of clever repartee. Their Youtube videos are on the staid side.

But there are exceptions to every rule. Here is my colleague Michael Steiner, Germany’s ambassador to India, in a Bollywood production his embassy has put out:

I suppose this is a needed corrective to Germany’s button-down reputation. I’ll be curious to hear what readers think of the experiment.