‘Making a Quick Buck’? No, Sir. For Tharoor, It’s ‘Quomodocunquize’ as He Takes Jibe at Railways

Next time you want to file a complaint against Indian Railways, register a complaint or just swipe on it, simple words won’t cut it. Congressman Shashi Tharoor raised the standards and how.

Tharoor’s penchant for rare and complex words has everyone looking for a dictionary again. The politician introduced a new word – “quomodocunquize” – to his Twitter followers on Sunday. This time it wasn’t just a head scratcher, it was just a clown directed at the Indian Railways.

The MP wrote on Twitter: “Mysterious words oath: Should Indian Railways stop working? MustafaHosny Oh God.

According to Tharoor, the word ‘quomodocunquize’ means ‘to earn money by any means possible’. With no further explanation given, it appears that the MP from Thiruvananthapuram was responding to the announcement by the Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnau that the privilege of elderly citizen on tickets could not be resumed because the railways were already operating at a subsidized rate.

Speaking at an event at IIT Madras, Vaishnaw was reported to have said, “For every 100 rupees spent on operating expenses, the railways collect only 45 rupees from a passenger. We have to contribute to keeping the railways a sustainable mode of transportation.”

Seniors franchise was suspended in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But it remained suspended until more than two years after the situation returned to normal. Rail services are also operating normally, with trains recovering on most routes.

In response to RTI’s query by Chandra Shekhar Gaur of Madhya Pradesh, Indian Railways has generated additional revenue of over Rs 1,500 crore by withholding seniors concession for two years since the outbreak of the pandemic.

As for Tharoor, he is known for inventing and introducing new words and phrases on Twitter. This practice has repeatedly made him the subject of numerous memes on social media. Many of his words have also been added to Oxford English dictionaries over time.

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