Writer Shobhaa De was caught in the eye of a storm after her recent Twitter comment on Indian athletes faring badly at the Rio Olympics 2016.
Shobhaa De. Pic/ Rane Ashish
The Indian contingent have been struggling to find a way to win a medal at the Olympics with gymnast Dipa Karmakar being the only one to give an exceptional performance by entering into the final.
The columnist went on to take a dig at Indian athletes by posting this tweet: 'Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity'.
Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity.— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 8, 2016
Needless to say, Twitterati were not so amused and lashed out at her within no time with Abhinav Bindra, who failed to bag a medal after finishing fourth, and India's former hockey captain Viren Rasquinha leading the way with fitting responses.
Abhinav Bindra. Pic/ AFP
@DeShobhaa that's a tad unfair. You should be proud of your athletes perusing human excellence against the whole world.— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 9, 2016
Ms. De, kindly run on the hockey pitch for 60 mins & hold a rifle like Abhinav and Gagan. Bit tougher than u think https://t.co/XwZFKqZJjn— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 8, 2016
Unsporting & crass for socialites to frivolously dis Indian athletes who have succeeded against all odds to get as far as Rio— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) August 8, 2016
Goal of @DeShobhaa : Porn books likho. Twitter pe bakwas pelo. Faltu oxygen ko carbondioxide main badlo. Wht a waste of space and human life— Vande Mataram (@UnSubtleDesi) August 8, 2016
In all seriousness @DeShobhaa. For all your "class" and high society persona, u are a low life disgrace. Won't even bother mincing words.— Vande Mataram (@UnSubtleDesi) August 8, 2016
Though, I can understand why @DeShobhaa is getting cranky about India at Olympics. Maybe because her home country didn't qualify. Must hurt— Vande Mataram (@UnSubtleDesi) August 8, 2016
That's most unfair Shobha. Pl chk what it takes to even qualify for Olympics. None is gifted a junket in this league https://t.co/ixRI9c9uOn— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) August 8, 2016
Sports is about winning and losing : a game well played bug lost doesn't mean we shoukd slam them : likes of @DeShobhaa shld be condemned— pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) August 8, 2016