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Shobhaa De slammed on Twitter for her ‘insensitive’ comment on Indian Olympians in Rio

Many lashed out at her for being insensitive towards athletes who beat the odds and reached where they are today.

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A lot of people on social media were offended when columnist Shobhaa De tweeted that all team India is doing at Rio Olympics is clicking selfies and not winning any medals. She went on to say that it’s a waste of opportunity and money. “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity,” she tweeted.

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Well, though India has not won any medal yet but one cannot ignore the effort that Olympians have put in and continue to do so. Abhinav Bindra, who replied to her tweet calling it “unfair”, was very close to getting India its first medal. And how can one forget Dipa Karmakar making it to the finals creating history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to enter the Individual vault final of artistic gymnastics.

Many lashed out at her for being insensitive towards athletes who beat the odds and reached where they are today despite the bad infrastructure on offer for athletes in the country. Actor Gul Panag was among the ones who highlighted a very pertinent point of lack of “institutional support” and “sporting culture” in India. Bindra said, “that’s a tad unfair. You should be proud of your athletes perusing human excellence against the whole world.” In fact, politician Milind Deora also commented, “Unsporting & crass for socialites to frivolously dis Indian athletes who have succeeded against all odds to get as far as Rio.”

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And clearly, Twitterati are angry. This is what people had to say.

Though there have been no medals won yet, there’s still hope for the team and all is not lost, just yet.