English ‘writer’ Chetan Bhagat gets Twitter lesson on grammar amidst Taj controversy


Chetan Bhagat may not have plenty of admirers for his literary prowess, but he’s been one of the most successful Indian writers in the recent times. The author has also been famous for courting controversies because of his support for the RSS and the right-wing Hindutva ideologies.

Chetan Bhagat

It was, therefore, no surprising that when The Washington Post carried a report critical of Yogi Adityanath government’s decision to drop Taj Mahal from the heritage list, Bhagat took offence to the editorial.

Washington Post’s headline had said, “Is India neglecting the Taj Mahal because it was built by Muslims?” This appears to have irked Bhagat, who took to Twitter to express his displeasure.

His tweet said, “Stop painting India anti-Muslim! 1)Taj is monument of love 2)gets more attention vs other beautiful places 3) Indian neglect is secular.”

His other tweet said, “Taj amazing, but over marketed compared to say beautiful Hampi or Ellora.Saying it’s neglected coz Muslim irresponsible of @washingtonpost”

The writer then chose to carry out a Twitter poll, asking his followers if they also saw the Taj Mahal as a Muslim monument.

He wrote, “Did you ever, as an Indian, saw the Taj as a ‘Muslim’ monument (as @washingtonpost is saying it’s being neglected because it is Muslim) (sic)”

Twitter users were quick to point the glaring grammatical error in his last tweet. Bhagat was reprimanded and corrected for wrongly using ‘saw’ even after his tweet started with ‘Did.’

Here are what they wrote;


  1. Ref: Tweet of graet writer Chetan Bhagat
    I was wonder, what make me to think today at the age of 65 that TAJ is of Hindu/Muslim. This is clear that while RSS is in power, they create such environment. I feel pity for Bhagat, he has also join in that band wagon. In abroad, Taj represent INDIA only. Even muslim never spoke that Taj built by Muslim.


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