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In Defense of Chetan Bhagat

December 7, 2009

Given the backlash Chetan Bhagat has received by threatening to block (and probably actually doing so too) two twitterers, I don’t know if this post will be received well. If you are wondering what the fuss is all about, here’s how it all started.

People are blasting Chetan for blocking people for not agreeing with him. True, ‘blocking’ someone for not agreeing with his views is harsh. But then, blocking someone he doesn’t want to communicate with is also his right. At the end of the day, just as others have their point of view, so does Chetan Bhagat.

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The remaining portion of this post stands deleted.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 9:47 am

    Piracy is not good for any one! Period!!!

    • December 8, 2009 7:42 pm

      Hmm what about the mills and boons? 😛

      • rajneeshchirania permalink
        February 7, 2010 9:53 pm

        u r right

  2. December 8, 2009 11:07 am

    I totally agere with you. I would never hesitate in blocking someone if I do not agree with him / her just the fact that he is a public figure doesn’t mean that he has to justify all his actions.

    2ndly by pricing his books ay 95/- he has actually helped in controlling Piracy of at least his own books and just because one book is expensive & other is not would not make me buy a book. What matters is the content and if that’s good it wud sell.

    • sakhi permalink
      December 8, 2009 2:19 pm

      I second smita! 🙂

  3. December 8, 2009 7:59 pm

    “At the end of the day, just as others have their point of view, so does Chetan Bhagat.”
    This is the main thing. Why this mob behavior then? It was like a street fight between two people and just like the common public does, everyone joined in.

  4. December 15, 2009 11:11 am

    Just to clarify… I never said piracy is right, and as Smita says, the whole point of books being priced at Rs 95 is to combat piracy. Just like what Moser Baer is doing with Rs35 DVDs.

    Neither did I say its wrong for him to block me. Why would it be wrong if I’m trolling? I just found it funny he’s linking India’s progress to his books being pirated.

    But seriously, mob violence? I think not…

    This type of social behavior happens on Twitter everyday, doesn’t it? Remember the #himeshmetal tag? Remember #fridayfollow.

    If social behavior is negative it’s mob violence? What violence? Public mockery of a public figure is not violence. Why wasn’t Himeshmetal in the news?

    Seriously guys… over-reaction.

    Quite a lot of people don’t like him/his books, they let that be known on the Internet. They didn’t gherao-ed his house or throw stones at his car.

  5. Ardni permalink
    December 29, 2009 2:43 pm

    Well, if you are someone who is looking for views not in defense of Chetan Bhagat, then do visit

  6. Ardni permalink
    December 29, 2009 2:43 pm

    Well, if you are someone who is looking for views not in defense of Chetan Bhagat, then do visit http://getardni.blogspot.com/2009/12/i-hate-chetan-bhagat.html

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