Hindus can feel threatened too: Chetan Bhagat's most political interview
May 2, 2019, 5:29 PM IST
New Delhi: You have known him for writing books that woo millennials, but you haven't heard his political views so far. As Elections 2019 are underway, Chetan Bhagat gets into a free-wheeling political interview with MyNation talking about Elections, Secularism, Ram Mandir and if he is ready to take the political plunge.
Mincing no words, Chetan Bhagat called Indian secularism a 'political tool' where the majority community isn't entitled to feel victimised, and if they do, they are more often than not branded communal. He hasn't laid his heart out on pressing political issues clearly. On Sabarimala, he prefers tradition over legality. "Legally you can enter a temple wearing a swimsuit. But will you? There is something called tradition", says the author who is launching his next novel 'India Positive'.
He even concedes, Ram Janambhoomi is historically a temple trampled upon to build a mosque.
But in a rather unusual suggestion, he propagates a single place of worship at the disputed site of Ayodhya that will work both as a temple and a mosque. Why he doesn't agree with the politics of Mamata Banerjee but calls himself a 'fan' of her, why he thinks Wayanad voters are wise to choose their candidate, a constituency Rahul Gandhi is fighting from - this is Chetan Bhagat unplugged like never before.