Shobhaa De drew flak months earlier for her controversial tweet on Indian athletes at Rio Olympics.

Shobhaa De tells Sushma Swaraj to keep calm and stop tweeting this year gets trolled(L) Shobhaa De: Photo by Vicharam via Wikimedia Commons; (R) Sushma Swaraj via PTI
Flix Social media Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 14:30

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is known for her prompt responses on Twitter, often directing those in distress to help and redressal. Her activity on social media is what many would say keeps her approachable despite her stature and she has also been lauded for the same.

However, it appears that not everyone thinks Sushma Swaraj's, er, prompt tweeting is a good thing. 

Author and columnist Shobhaa De, who stirred controversy last year for tweeting about the Indian athletes who went to Rio Olympics, said on Saturday that Sushma Swaraj's resolution for 2017 should be to "keep calm and stop tweeting".

The tweet did not go down well with fellow Twitterati slamming De for her remark.

While some retorted to her humorously, others made references to the Rio controversy and asked her to keep her opinions to herself.

Some even suggested that De had made the remark because she wanted to "stay in the news".

Shobhaa De had faced flak in August 2016 when she tweeted: "Goal of Team India at Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity." (Goal of Team India at Olympics: Go to Rio. Click selfies. Come back empty handed. What a waste of money and opportunity.)

Later, she said on a debate for a news channel that the controversial tweet was sent out in a sense of panic when it seemed like Team India would actually come back empty handed from Rio. "I’m a sentimental person. When I tweet, I don’t calculate…Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don’t. This time obviously it backfired," she said.