The 3 Mistakes of Chetan Bhagat

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The 3 Mistakes of Chetan Bhagat

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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esterday, for the first time ever, I immersed myself in the works of Indian author Chetan Bhagat. Not his novels (I’m not into self-harm), but the two lengthy statements he issued on Facebook over the past week after his name was dragged into the raging storm that is the Indian #MeToo movement.

Bhagat has never written a sequel to any of his novels, and I think I know why. The difference between his first and second statements was so stark, he gave my brain whiplash. First, he issued a contrite apology, and then, as accusations piled up, pivoted to a tone-deaf statement chock-full of unwarranted character judgements with a healthy dose of mansplaining.

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