Writer Chetan Bhagat is no stranger to controversy. His critics often blame him for showing ‘utter lack of knowledge of the subject’ he comments about. Whether, his ‘insensitive’ tweet on the massacre of Gaza children or his explicit support for the saffron brigade, Bhagat invites wrath from his detractors every time he opens his mouth on political topics.
Bhagat’s latest tweet on Paris attacks has made him a villain on social media once again.
On Sunday he tweeted asking why Islam couldn’t be held responsible for the acts of a handful of terrorists, who caused a large-scale carnage in Paris on Friday. He asked if Islam was not responsible for the Paris attacks, why was India being branded intolerant country for a few ‘stray incidents.’
Ok,wrong to label Islam as violent after stray terror attack.But why did you label my entire country intolerant after a few stray incidents?
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) November 14, 2015
This tweet opened a Pandora’s box with the writer getting fervently trolled on social media. Leading the attack was journalist Mihir Sharma, whose tweet questioned Bhagat’s intellect despite having studied from reputed educational institutions.
This guy has several advanced degrees and 5 years workex in straw-man engineering https://t.co/HvQ3yeSHv8
— Mihir Sharma (@mihirssharma) November 15, 2015
The writer, whose support for the Hindutva ideology is now too well known, took objection to this tweet labeling it as a ‘personal attack.’ An exasperated Bhagat tweeted this;
Wow. What a response. Personal attack when all else fails? https://t.co/3We0hoTvOj
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) November 15, 2015
Bhagat’s critics may find flaws in his latest tweet because he appears to compare a religion with the government. A religion has no power over how its followers wrongly use its teachings to cause violence, while the government has every power at its disposal to control lunatics causing hatred in the name of the ruling party’s political ideology.
Here is a snapshot of tweets on new controversy, caused by Chetan Bhagat on twitter.
RSS, Anupam Kher, Chetan Bhagat etc 'apoliticals' can always poke their nose in politics, but Dalai Lama shudnt talk politics !#BhaktLogic
— कोमल 🙂 🇮🇳 (@Komal_Indian) November 15, 2015
Controversy with Chetan Bhagat will help him selling his book.So Chetan should not fall in his trap. https://t.co/Wo4pOq2Q3W
— Himanshu Jain (@himanshujainon) November 15, 2015
— RJ (@nesoron) November 15, 2015
— Nagendra Sharma (@Nagendr_Sharma_) November 15, 2015
Quite! Can't also label every IIT/IIM graduate a clown based on the daily sample you provide! https://t.co/EFmvLg7jQv
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) November 15, 2015
@chetan_bhagat U can label Islam as violent nthng gonna change .n no one labeled the country as intolerant.ppl were protesting against gov.
— irfan عرفان (@iamirfan21) November 15, 2015
In times of Hinduphobia whipped up by Leftist lunatics, very brave & kudos to Chetan Bhagat to say (tweet) this: https://t.co/u4qM75zG4M.
— Ram Gopal (@ramgopaldass_77) November 15, 2015