Writer Chetan Bhagat has seldom had any luck with social media users. That’s the price you pay when you are incoherent with your views on issues related to politics and society.
With Bhagat, it seems, it’s his penchant for saffron brigade and the Centre’s Narendra Modi government that often gets better of him.
We’ve reported in the past how his desperate defence for Modi on issues that he vehemently opposed during the UPA government in the past had left him red-faced on social media, making him an object of social media ridicule.
On Wednesday, Kolkata-based The Telegraph, ran a headline Aunty National in reference to the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani for her decision to address the 26-year-old Hyderabad University’s Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, who had committed suicide in January as a child.
Irani addressing Rohith as a child in parliament was deemed ironic given that her ministry had sent four letters directing the university’s VC to take action against his ‘anti-national’ activities. These letters then reportedly led to Rohith’s expulsion- a decision that prompted him to end his life.
Of course, there was an outrage in response to the Telegraph’s headline on Irani by BJP supporters, many of whom felt it was sexist and in poor taste.
Among those who promptly registered their outrage on social media was Bhagat.
Bhagat tweeted, “When a man makes a passionate speech,he becomes a hero. A woman does it, she gets sexist headlines. Way to go Telegraph.”
When a man makes a passionate speech,he becomes a hero.A woman does it,she gets sexist headlines.Way to go Telegraph https://t.co/pnI9Ft9p1O
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) February 25, 2016
As expected Bhagat was trolled once again on twitter with users promptly reminding him with his old tweet, where he had sarcastically called the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati an aunty. They asked if that was not sexist.
@vaidehisachin tweeted this photo:
Journalist, Seema Goswami too reminded Bhagat of the same when she tweeted, “So, calling women you are not related to ‘Aunty’ is fine? Expected better of you.”
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) February 25, 2016
To which the incorrigible writer responded by taking shelter behind ‘context’ as he has always done.
He said, “It depends on context, who is saying it, ] what intent, what reason. no absolute. expected better of u too :).”
However, in the face of public embarrassment, Bhagat quickly tweeted making a U-turn on the ‘sexist’ jibe.
His next tweet concluded that The Telegraph’s headline wasn’t sexist after all.
He said, “for trolls low on iq, use of aunty is not sexist.it’s reducing a female’s passionate speech to stereotype of hysterical aunt that is. thanks.”
Many twitter users in the past have alleged that the writer deliberately stirred controversy on twitter with his ‘irrational and insane tweets’ to be in public spotlight and even to cause a twitter trend for himself.