Chetan Bhagat Wants To Know What Historians Do, Trolls Take The Bait

30/10/2015 2:45 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JUNE 2: Author Chetan Bhagat during a conclave Sampark, Samanvya avam Samvad (Connect, Coordinate and Communicate) being organized for the officers of Ministries of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, at Convention Hall, NDMC, Parliament Street, on June 2, 2014 in New Delhi, India. (Photo By Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Given the state of affairs right now -- writers, artists, historians, scientists and filmmakers rising in protest against intolerance and curbs on free speech -- it was probably not entirely wise of writer Chetan Bhagat to tweet what he did on Friday.

But given Bhagat's outspokenness on Twitter and his love-hate relationship with its users, it's not surprising that trolls pounced at the chance of mocking the bestselling author often credited with bringing texting tweens back to books with simple narratives.

This is what Bhagat tweeted. He later clarified it was a joke (we can safely assume that Bhagat knows what historians do.)

But affronted Twitter users rushed to call out Bhagat for his own works and past tweets. Bhagat, the author of seven best-selling books, is one of the most-trolled celebrities on Twitter and often responds to abusers with good humour. The author who regularly plugs his columns on the platform is no stranger to controversies either.

He followed it up with a series of tweets defending actor Anupam Kher who had termed the luminaries returning their awards to the government as the "award wapsi gang" (award return gang), a spin on the phrase 'ghar wapsi', used to describe religious conversions by right wing groups.

He then decided to address the issue of moment.

And hit back at those ridiculing him.

But by then Twitter users were having too much fun to stop.

Then a history major weighed in.

Resigned perhaps to the non-stop trolling, screenshotting and quoting of his first tweet, Bhagat summed it up with this tweet.

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