Bestselling author Chetan Bhagat likes to stir things up on social media from time to time. Over the years, he's become a punching bag for Twitter users who are quick to react every time he posts something controversial or downright stupid.
On his part, Bhagat doesn't refrain from commenting on live issues, giving trolls ample opportunities to direct their fire his way over his bait-y tweets.
Here are some notable instances when the author was sent back to the pavilion.
1. Bhagat's tweet came promptly after the Indian men's cricket team beat Pakistan by six wickets where he blamed the partition for Pakistan's loss.
See Pakistan if your forefathers hadn't insisted on partition, you wouldn't have to see this day. Good Night Pak. Happens. Sorry. #IndvsPak.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) March 19, 2016
He was asking for it.
.@chetan_bhagat If our forefathers hadn't asked for partition we would've had to live in a country with you. Which is unacceptable. Thanks.— Nuzhat S. Siddiqi (@guldaar) March 19, 2016
@chetan_bhagat Whenever I get writer's block, I remind myself that someone with that IQ managed to become a bestseller. Keeps me going.— Kamraan. (@heavymetalkop) March 19, 2016
2. When British journalist Piers Morgan mocked India's Olympics medal tally and Bhagat tried to "troll" Morgan but fell to his banter.
4. When he tried to crack a joke on writers returning their Sahitya Akademi awards in protest against the Dadri lynching and got a cheeky reply.
When your joke backfires...
Dear concerned trolls.My desire for Sahitya academy award is just about as much as the number of Sahitya award winning books u have read.0.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 12, 2015
Accepting a reward and then returning it for demeans the award and the jury. It's posturing. It's politics.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 12, 2015
5. He criticized the odd-even vehicle scheme and the response to his tweet were retweeted by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
So odd-even rule doesn't apply to women only cars, for safety. Because men, you know, can never be robbed, attacked, feel unsafe or killed.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) December 10, 2015
He wasn't happy.
Dear CM, instead of retweeting my trolls, why not respectfully discuss apprehensions people may have on a scheme? pic.twitter.com/Z7XXcw6Yhz— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) December 10, 2015
6. Old juvenile tweet by Bhagat that resurfaced as his new novel, One Indian Girl, hit the shelves.
I now pronounce myself the thinking Indian woman's lust object. Those with IQ<80, plenty of sixpacks floating around. Go stare.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) February 27, 2010
He was asking for it, again.
First, take a minute to vomit. Then read this. Then vomit again. https://t.co/fPV4nW6yF2— Veena Venugopal (@veenavenugopal) October 4, 2016
.@chetan_bhagat I have an IQ of 154 (highest score so far, lowest is 149 - tests vary). I prefer an honest 6 pack over an inflated ego.— Vidyut (@Vidyut) October 4, 2016
7. Speaking of Bhagat, how can you miss this evergreen gem of a tweet?
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
"Aa bail mujhe maar" kinda scenes, amirite?
@chetan_bhagat please return your IIT degree.— Biswa Kalyan Rath (@kalyanrath) 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
.@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
8. When Bhagat penned a column -- Anatomy of an Internet troll where he called Indian Modi 'Bhakts' on Twitter as "sexually frustrated" single men.
"They are generally not good at talking to women. As a result, they are unlikely to know how to behave with them or woo them. They do desire women, but can't get them. In other words, if i may say so, they are sexually frustrated with no way of getting it," he wrote.
Bhagat's article gave birth to "sexually frustrated" term that is often used to troll the author.
Sir @chetan_bhagat I agree with your TOI blog. Bhakts r sexually frustrated and insecure. You r a living example.— Prerna (@Iam_Prerna) January 22, 2016
If Chetan Bhagat has a problem with sexually frustrated people with weak communication skills in English, who will read his books then?— dorku (@Dorkstar) July 11, 2015
9. His spat with Twinkle Khanna a.k.a @mrsfunnybones.
Known for her witty tweets, Twinkle Khanna was complimented on her writing skills by a reader who said, "You are an amazing writer, you don't need to change your name to Chetali Bhagat."
"I do! He gets to judge Nach Baliye and I get to judge if that gross thing on my floor is dog puke or poop #SuchIsLife," she responded.
Chetan, who was one of the judges on the dance reality show "Nach Baliye 7" responded with this.
To which Khanna had an interesting reply.
it's a short life-if lucky enough 2 get opportunities to do diverse things then one should @chetan_bhagat write a bestseller abt it too :)— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) April 27, 2015
And he taunts her acting skills.
u nailed it..it is YOLO..nobody offered me barsaat, or baadshah..else u know.. https://t.co/D6lFopxD4k— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) April 27, 2015
Khanna shut him down with a witty response.
Well if u were taller,had more hair u could have got bobbydeol's role&if were way cooler,than Srk would be jobless:) https://t.co/LZFAgdX4PC— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) April 27, 2015
10. When Bhagat made an announcement about his next novel, One India Girl, back in January.
With God's blessings and your support, my new fiction novel, writing for the first time in female first person, will release Diwali 2016.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) January 15, 2016
Not revealing title or other details for new book. Please wait until Diwali 2016. Just really excited and nervous to write in female voice.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) January 15, 2016
And the troll army soon took over.
was stoked that india's best selling author is writing a female protagonist— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) January 15, 2016
then remembered india's best selling author is chetan bhagat
11. When the author asked fans to send him photos of his new book.
On Monday, Bhagat tweeted a photo of his just released novel, One Indian Girl, and asked the junta to show off their phone camera skills which naturally backfired as people started photoshopping his book's cover pretty much everywhere.
He posted this.
And what followed next was pretty much inevitable knowing that he has a special place in the heart of Twitter trolls.
12. When the author believed the odd-even car formula implemented by the AAP government in Delhi would "destroy" productivity. (It was put in place to deal with the alarming increase in pollution in the capital.)
At a time when we need economic growth and jobs, somebody decides to get half the vehicles off the roads and destroy productivity. Nice.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) December 5, 2015
To which the AAP member Kumar Vishvas responded:
"Come dance, judge!"
And others followed suit soon.
Even though he's the "most loved" author of this generation, the following tweet pretty much "unites" Twitter folks.
no matter how much our opinions differ, we're all always on "shut up chetan bhagat" side. group hug, twitter— Nishtha Kanal (@RootKanal) March 19, 2016
Going by the nature of social media, the list could expand in the coming days for all you know. Till then...
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