PM`s `theek hai` remark draws more flak

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 22:40

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s interrogative `theek hai` remark which inadvertently went on air along with his address to the nation on the Delhi gang- rape incident drew more flak on Tuesday on social media.

On Tuesday, `Theek hai` (which means alright in Hindi) continued to be one of the top trending posts on Twitter along with `Subhash Tomar`, the constable who died two days after the violent protests and clashes, and `Merry Christmas`.

"Silence is truly golden if the spoken word is rusted and needs drastic polishing!!!," film maker Karan Johar said in a tweet followed by the `thik hai` hashtag.

While Johar`s comment did not specifically refer to the Prime Minister`s nationally televised speech yesterday in which the remark went on air due to editing error, the `thik hai` hash tag pointed to the purport of the sentence.

Socialite Suhel Seth included the now famous phrase in his Christmas and New Year wishes in a sarcastic fashion. "Here`s wishing all of you a Theek Hai Merry Christmas and an even more Theek Hai 2013!," Seth tweeted.

A section of the Twitterati was apparently not assuaged by the Prime Minister`s speech in which he made an appeal for calm. "Mr Prime Minister, You should know what is Theek Hai and what is not. This is not how you treat women," a comment went.

Others adopted a philosophical approach to the situation. "But good to see we have progressed from chaltahai to theek hai. It suits our overall fatalistic approach to life and society," a tweet said.

Another tweet was a comment on the current situation in the Capital. "Central Delhi Metros still shut; autos won`t go the whole way; Theek Hai Chal ke jayenge :)," the user tweeted.

On the social networking site Facebook, the innocuous comment--theek hai--featured even in Christmas wishes. "Here`s hoping the next Christmas is merrier than this one. `thik hai`," commented one of the users.

Earlier, film actor Anupam Kher tweeted--PM?s ?Theek Hai? at d end of his Address (to the person behind camera) was d most Candid & Natural expression I have EVER seen from him.

Other tweets on Twitter reflected more sarcasm and anger. "Our Prime Minister needs a new speech writer...," an angry tweet said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 22:40

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