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Some Points about Chetan Bhagat

Yesterday Chetan Bhagat has written an article in Times of India And the people choice is…….. and since morning he is trending on Twitter. The basic plot of his article is People choice in the coming election in 2014 is Narendra Modi. His conclusion is based on the Sample poll he ran on his Facebook page Who should be PM of India “Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi”. 82% voted for Narendra Modi and 5% voted for Rahul Gandhi and 13% voted for neither. The number of people voted are 10000.

In my intelligence and analysis his article is a fair analysis of the present situation and data which is available to him

His article will be considered controversial by many People in India and particularly be people who are inclined towards a congress leadership. In his article he took a dig on the English Media also “Hyped up immensely by the English-speaking media and any Congressman who wanted to ingratiate the family, Rahul entered politics with massive expectations” which is very true.

Abhinandan Sekhri of Newslaundary question’s Bhupendra Chaubeyof CNN IBN:  What is this media obsession with Rahul Gandhi?

Bhupendra Chaubey: I think post UP election this fascination comes to an end.

In my opinion Bhupendra Chaubey answer is honest. He said Post UP election the obsession of English Media will be balanced. He added that he has to check that Hindi media has also reported Rahul Gandhi during UP election in same way.

You can watch the interview on YouTube.

His article today has certainly received flak from many imminent editors and many would have supported him in their heart. We knew that

at-least on cyber space of India Narendra Modi is way ahead of every other politicians. On 29th  March 2012 we published an article “Who is most famous politician on Social Media in India?” and certainly the man who is leading is Narendra Modi.

Chetan Bhagat opinion regarding Rahul gandhi is to the point. In 2004 his first book Five Point Someone came and instantly captured the imagination of nation. Chetan Bhagat immense success as novelist and his novel’s has received immense criticism from so called English literature readers and author’s.

On the other hand in 2009  In 2008, The New York Times called Bhagat “the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history and it is true. A movie based on his novel by name 3 idiots became the highest grossing movie of Indian film industry.

If we will look at profile of Chetan Bhagat it should amuse everyone. He is an IIT Delhi Graduate and IIM A best outgoing student. His profession was Investment banking which he left completely in 2009 to concentrate on his writing career. If we will go through his career academically and professionally any one can filter him in top brains of world.

There are two points which pain’s many people? His English writing is simple and the success he is getting as a novelist. I think he want’s to write for the masses of India and in the English they could understand. What is the problem with that? All the critics of Chetan Bhagat on the issue of his wrting style are suffering from Macaulayism.

Thomas Babington Macaulay said the following line in British parliament in 1835 in his speech “Minute On Indian Education”

“It is impossible for us, with our limited means, to attempt to educate the body of the people. We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern; a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect. To that class we may leave it to refine the vernacular dialects of the country, to enrich those dialects with terms of science borrowed from the Western nomenclature, and to render them by degrees fit vehicles for conveying knowledge to the great mass of the population”

If you will do some more R&D on the above gentlemen who said the above phrase you can clearly the illusive superiority complex in which people in India are living. In Jaipur Literature Festival I will be surprised to see that any Indian author who is writing book’s in Hindi, Marathi or Tamil will get a chance on dais. They are not even forgiving a person who is writing in English. You can find the answer’s in the above lines. I will simply say hypocrites.

A person whose English is very poor can read his book. I can certainly say that his English didn’t have the vocab of Arundhati Roy and the perfection in which Ayan rand describes a face but through his simplicity of presentation his stories has always been able to connect with reader.

One point which I want to convey to many English reader’s and author’s, it is very hard to write complexities in simplicity. If his novels didn’t have a story then two movies would not have been made on his book. Third on his way. I think he is brilliant author who is not indulging himself in trying to achieve the greatness as a author. Instead he is writing book’s which people can read and  his books are best selling. It is possible that his simplicity will take him to that greatness also.

I will suggest to many people that instead of mocking him we should look at what publishing industry and author’s can learn from him? I am not saying that they should change their style but what they should do so that their book could connect to people and readers.

He has already millions of fans but the so called his critics seriously suffering from  Macaulayism should not disregard him because he is a brilliant man who has touched simplicity in atleast on part of his life which is writing.

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  1. Anirban says:

    I wonder if you have ever got a chance to read somebody like Gabriel Garcia Merquez or Salman Rushdie who used to write quite a good novels(what do you think?)..if somebody like you would have asked these greats to write in simple plain English, I wonder what would have been their answers!!! Please try to understand, we are talking about literature not soap or shampoo which can be used by your so called “mass”es. Good literature is something which will be of high standard, and people should educate them to attain that level, not the opposite. With all due respect to Mr. Chetan Bhagat, he’s a very ordinary writer and his style is very very substandard. If he really wants to connect to the masses, then better he should choose Hindi as his medium of writing.

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