Chetan Bhagat asks 'what historians do', Twitterati tell him
Celebrated author Chetan Bhagat, who has time and again landed in trouble for his controversial statements, once again faced Twitter backlash on Friday for questioning what historians do
Author Chetan Bhagat was trolled by Twitterati after he posted an unsavoury tweet on historians returning their awards protesting the 'growing intolerance' in the country.
His tweet read -
What do historians do? I am genuinely curious. This happened. Then this happened. Then this. Ok work done for the day.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 30, 2015
He also tweeted about his 'ignorance' about the number of historians in the country.
We had so many historians?— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 30, 2015
This was enough for the Twitterati who 'gave it back' to the author for his tweets. here is how they retorted.
@chetan_bhagat What do writers do? I am genuinely curious. Adha-Paav girlfriend, then full girlfriend. Ok work done for the day.— Zeeshan Mhaskar (@MhaskarChief) October 30, 2015
.@chetan_bhagat what do IIT-IIM grads. do? I'm curious. Write tharki love stories. Then, judge Nach Baliye. Ok work done for the day.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) October 30, 2015
.@chetan_bhagat Sir its been about 40 mins since you posted this. Safe time to post the "Oh my account got hacked by friend/nephew.." tweet.— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) October 30, 2015
@chetan_bhagat What do authors do? I am genuinely curious. Judge one talent show, then judge one dance show. Ok work done for the day.— Akshar (@AksharPathak) October 30, 2015
What do surgeons even do? Do some surgery here. Then some surgery there. Ok. Done with work for the day.— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) October 30, 2015
Bhagat 'joke' backfired, but he tried to take on the trolls head on by blaming the foreign media for 'loving poor backward Indians' stories.
In case it was not blatantly obvious that historian tweet was a joke. Made a million of them on writers and engineers before. Duh!— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 30, 2015
Tch tch. A few tweets of mine and the tolerants get so intolerant on me. Cute.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 30, 2015
Unhappy with all the unwanted attention, but wanting to have the last word, he signed off with another jibe.
In India, you can't kill cows. And you cannot even make a joke on holy cows. Like historians. Sorry if any animals or sentiments were hurt.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 30, 2015
This is not the first time the author, who also is a columnist, social critic and a dance show judge, been trolled for a controversial comment on Twitter.
Chetan had recently come up with a tweet about writers returning their Sahitya Akademi awards. "Ok so am I also supposed to return my Sahitya Academy award? Oh wait. Haven't got it yet, he tweeted.
This got him a gem of a reply from Sandeep Panikkal, "@chetan_bhagat If you get a Sahitya Academy award I will return my ration card in protest," Panikkal tweeted.