A recent article by Chetan Bhagat in a national daily has landed the bestselling author in trouble. Known for his frequent off-the-guard statements that put him in a spot, Bhagat wrote an opinion piece on Narendra Modi loyalists and termed them "sexually frustrated" owing to their inability to "woo" women with their flawed English.
The article, which hits out at social media users with right-wing leanings and shows them as blind followers of a philosophy that they don't completely understand, has triggered outrage. Bhagat is facing flak for stereotyping a section of society that, in the author's words, is not exposed to the effects of "globalisation".
Not surprisingly then, when the author tweeted his article, he was trolled on Twitter by users who felt that he could have avoided the emphasis on "stereotyping".
GM All, "Anatomy of a Bhakt," my col in TOI today: http://t.co/keh8lYm7iN
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) July 11, 2015
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) July 11, 2015
Chetan bhagat writes a novel on Sushmita Sen's life and name it ' Sensex' .
— Hun??? ? (@nickhunterr) July 11, 2015
3 most Creative Things to do with Chetan Bhagat's books: 3. Packing samosa 2. Toilet Papers 1. Hit Chetan Bhagat's head with those
— Aladdin (@Alllahdin) July 11, 2015
Chetan Bhagat pointing at weak English of trolls is as rich as his trolls pointing at his weak writing.— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) July 11, 2015
First he attacks English speaking elite - then he tries to be elite by attacking non-English speaking youth. Chetan Bhagat you hypocrite!
— The Bad Doctor (@doctoratlarge) July 11, 2015
Come on stop trolling Chetan Bhagat now.....we need more comics like "One Night At The Call Center"— The Thinker (@Nomadic_Soul_) July 11, 2015
If no one has noticed Chetan Bhagat has turned himself into his own parody account.— Ankit Jain (@indiantweeter) July 11, 2015
Some, however, praised the author's efforts to take a dig at Hindu nationalists.
But, what triggered a major backlash against Bhagat was the "stereotyping" of Modi loyalists as inferior "complex ridden Indian" males who are "sexually frustrated" and "ashamed" of their background with a poor command over the English language.