A screenshot of a tweet using the hashtag #ThooSmitaPrakashThoo that was trending Thursday
A screenshot of a tweet using the hashtag #ThooSmitaPrakashThoo that was trending Thursday
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New Delhi: A Twitter hashtag #ThooSmitaPrakashThoo began trending on the social media platform Thursday after news agency ANI was called out by the Noida police for a misquote.

The ‘thoo-thoo’ in the hashtag is a reference to ANI’s Editor-in-Chief Smita Prakash, who has posted several tweets with the phrase in the past.

ANI Uttar Pradesh Tuesday quoted Noida Deputy Commissioner of Police Sankalp Sharma in a tweet saying those in Noida’s Sector 5, Harola, who came in contact with Tablighi Jamaat members had been quarantined.

The official Twitter handle of Noida DCP later posted that the news agency had misquoted Sharma, who had made no reference to the Tablighi Jamaat. Following this, ANI deleted the tweet.

Many on Twitter picked up on this and started tweeting about it. Digital media professional Tarique Anwar also tweeted about it, saying ‘thoo Smita Prakash’, resulting in the hashtag.

Prakash responded to the tweet, saying this blue-tick “janaab” (mister) is a “buzdil” (coward).

As the hashtag #ThooSmitaPrakashThoo gained traction, several users pointed out how Prakash had often used the word in her tweets. Some Twitter users later said they had been blocked by her.

Later Thursday evening, Prakash posted a tweet in response to an unrelated tweet, once again using the word.

A look at her Twitter history throws up several tweets in which she uses the spitting term used in Hindi.

Also read: Rahul Gandhi mocks Smita Prakash: Journalists under attack or part of partisan politics?


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  2. And yeah duck the context. Great going print. Hope you got your bags. Given the CONTEXT use machines don’t count manuallywith help of THOOk

  3. Lady gives it as good as she gets it. Calamity Jane. Must have blocked more followers than the next ten people combined.

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