T. S. Eliot once said that “good writers borrow, great writers steal.”
Popular novelist and writer Shobhaa De courted controversy once again after she was called out by comedian Atul Khatri for copying his post on the Kashmir issue, reports India Today.
After the union government completed formalities to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Khatri wrote a post on his Facebook account.
Dear Amit Shah, Now that you have solved the Kashmir problem can you please remove some time and also resolve the Saki Naka traffic problem which is going on also since 1947. Regards, Akkha Mumbai.
Maybe Shobhaa De wanted to speak on the same lines or maybe she was just tired, her tweet at around 7 pm on August 5 was an exact replica of Khatri’s FB post.
Can you spot the difference?
Dear Amit Shah,— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 5, 2019
now that you have solved the Kashmir problem can you please take some time out and also resolve the Saki Naka traffic problem which is going on also since 1947
Of course the act of plagiarism may have been soon noticed by Khatri, who then took to Twitter to vent out his frustration.
Dear Shobhaa –— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) August 5, 2019
As a writer you should know that you shouldn't plagiarize.
Akkha Mumbai pic.twitter.com/GQM536HhvB
And, Twitter was not going to miss out on this opportunity.
Is she actually a writer?— aishwarya palagummi (@APalagummi) August 5, 2019
That's a whats app forward in their kitty party grp.— S0M (@Som_68) August 5, 2019
Word for word..Damn..Atleast she could have wrote adapted and erotic version it🤦♂️— Ajinkya A (@Ajinkya_Avachat) August 5, 2019
Ye ‘Shobha de’ Ko ‘Shobha nahi deta’.— Vidushi Agarwal (@Avidushi) August 5, 2019
Ye kabhi Sakinaka aayi hai kya….— P*R.A*N.Z*I.S*T.I*C (@praanz) August 5, 2019
Sakinaka ka naam lena bhi uske liye ‘so middle class’ hoga…
@DeShobhaa : can i copy your home work?@one_by_two : just change it a little so that it isn't obvious.@DeShobhaa : pic.twitter.com/pR01ivyrPX— Vishal Parvatkar (@bhendigavar_) August 6, 2019
Author of 20 books and good in copy paste 😝😝— Akriti Gupta (@AkritiG01) August 5, 2019