Mumbai, Aug 9: Shooter Abhinav Bindra, who missed an Olympic medal by a minuscule margin, has hit back at author Shobhaa De for mocking Indian Olympians at the Rio Olympics 2016The men’s hockey team suffered a late 1-2 defeat to Germany, while the women’s hockey side was thrashed 0-3 by Britain in group stages in a disappointing Monday’s campaign for India at the Rio Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Adding to the disappointment was archer Laxmirani Majhi, who crashed out in the Round of 32 eliminators. ALSO READ: Sonam Kapoor and Abhijeet Bhattacharya at war over Shobhaa De’s tweet on Rio Olympics 2016!

Shobhaa De tweeted on Monday night: “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao (Go to Rio). Selfies lo (Take selfies). Khaali haat wapas aao (Return empty-handed). What a waste of money and opportunity. Only hope? Dependable Abhinav Bindra. Aim for gold, champion!”

Abhinav Bindra responded by saying: “Shobhaa De, that’s a tad unfair. You should be proud of your athletes persuing human excellence against the whole world.” Bindra, India’s sole individual Olympic gold medallist, finished fourth in the final of the men’s 10-metre Air Rifle final at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

Actress Gul Panag wrote: “Lots of lament about medal tally, but no lament about lack of fitness culture (which builds a sporting nation) Abhinav Bindra, Shobhaa De.” “Abhinav Bindra, And do so despite of and in spite of there being no infra and institutional support, and no sporting culture.” (ALSO READ: Rio Olympics 2016 India: Schedule, Fixtures of Events in IST)

Actor Nikhil Dwivedi also didn’t appreciate Shobhaa’s comments. “Another gem from Shobhaa De. The state has failed our sportsmen. They strive very hard. Don’t mock them,” he tweeted. (ALSO READ: ‘Abhinav Bindra, we are proud of you,’ Sachin Tendulkar gives special farewell to Olympics star shooter)

Shobhaa De was criticised by more Twitter users. One wrote: “Shobhaa De Don’t behave like Anti-National dog. Always supporting Jihadi and against Hinduism. Shame on your ***king face.” Other user wrote: “Shobhaa De is that 0.1% germ which even Dettol can’t kill.”