Remember Aaj Tak journalist Sweta Singh, who shot to fame with her incredible theory on Rs 2,000 note carrying a nano chip? She is back in news once again after she took to Twitter to criticise Naseeruddin Shah for his recent comments on growing menace of the right-wing terrorism in India under the patronage of BJP governments.
Her tweet suggesting that Naseeruddin Shah should consider striking a ‘give and take’ deal or quid pro quo exercise to stay silent on intolerance debate has evoked angry reactions. Singh had written in her tweet in Hindi, “Naseeruddin Shah is a fine actor. He’s also won many awards. He should do a quid pro quo for some more awards and end this intolerance chapter too. This has become boring.” She ended her social media post with hashtag #
नसीरउद्दीन शाह बेहतरीन ऐक्टर हैं। अवॉर्ड भी ढेरों जीते हैं। कुछ अवॉर्ड ले दे के ये असहिष्णुता वाला अध्याय ख़त्म करें। अब बोरिंग हो चुका है। #NaseeruddinShah
— Sweta Singh (@SwetaSinghAT) December 20, 2018
No sooner had she posted her tweet, the Aaj Tak anchor began to face social media roasting with many expressing their displeasure at her suggestion to Shah for indulging in potential corrupt practices to win more awards.
Noted film director Anuabh Sinha wrote, “‘Le De Ke Baat khatm karein’ Achcha hai. (Do a quid pro quo and end the matter. Very good). Says a lot.”
“ले दे के बात ख़त्म करें” अच्छा है। Says a lot. https://t.co/S92bH0baJp
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) December 23, 2018
Radhika Khera of the Congress reminded Singh how she herself was responsible for showing ‘frightening’ news on her channel every day. “Intolerance, lynching, rape, fight over castes, are you intending to end these issues too through quid pro quo exercise?”
Here are some more reactions on social media;
श्वेता सिंह बेहतरीन एंकर है। अवार्ड भी ढेरों जीते है। आज तक से इस्तीफा देकर ये बीजेपी की चापलूसी वाला अध्याय खत्म करें।अब बोरिंग हो चुका है।#NaseeruddinShah
— Republic of Fekoslovakia (@Fekoslovakian) December 23, 2018
पहली बार जब इंग्लिश पढ़ना सीखना चालू किया तो ‘anchor’ को एन ‘चोर’ पढ़ता था अब लगता है तब सही पढ़ता था।
— स्टेचू ऑफ पुलकिस्तान (@atheist_ravi) December 23, 2018
— Sufi Sameer (@SufiSameer2) December 24, 2018
Chip wali aunty Hai @SwetaSinghAT
— Shahanshah Khan (@shahanshah22033) December 24, 2018
ये अपनी वही राधा रानी हेना जो 2000 के नोट मे चिप का ज्ञान बांट रही थी
— श्रीलंड अखिलेश प्रताप सिंह (@Kallukallan1111) December 24, 2018
In 2016, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a shock announcement of banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, a video of Sweta Singh had gone viral. In the video, a group of Aaj Tak journalists could be seen forming a huddle with Sweta ‘enlightening’ her in-house audience about the latest innovation related to Rs 2,000 note.
Singh, who won the day for her passion, was seen telling her ‘audience,’ “…There are three things we know (on nano GPS chip in Rs 2,000). The new note has nano technology GPS. If there are too many notes lying together at one place, then not only will the law enforcing agencies be alerted about it but even the Income Tax department will receive a signal. Because the note will transmit a signal directly to satellite, which will reach there so that the money can be recovered.”
Here’s that video:
Journalist’s in So called Sabse tej AAJ TAK led by Sweta Singh discussing ‘nano technology gps’ in the new currency notes.Hari Om. ??? pic.twitter.com/gsSv3bhO35
— अमित साहु (@AmitSahu_Journo) November 18, 2016