Chetan Bhagat doles out gyan on Gaza, gets hammered on Twitter

Chetan Bhagat decided that it was time to spout his views on the ongoing Gaza-Israel conflict. Sadly the users on Twitter weren't too impressed.

FP Staff July 17, 2014 15:47:07 IST
Chetan Bhagat doles out gyan on Gaza, gets hammered on Twitter

Poor Chetan Bhagat. No matter how hard he tries to be the good guy on Twitter, people are just out to hate on him. After his last big Twitter gaffe where he ended up comparing the rupee's fall to rape, the Indian novelist has done it again. This time after he decided to play current affairs hawk and air his views on the ongoing Gaza-Israel conflict.

He began with the following tweet, "What is happening to Gaza isn't fair but sadly that is the only way sometimes terrorist organizations and their supporters learn to behave."

Now while Chetan might have thought that he was playing the good-middle-guy here, the tweet didn't win him any fans and he was soon getting hammered for what was naturally seen as an insensitive remark. Particularly since over 200 civilians, have been killed in Gaza after incessant strikes by Israel.

Bhagat also made the classic Twitter etiquette mistake of not pre-fixing or ending his tweets with continued or 1 of 3. He followed this tweet with two others saying, "I do think Israel has made its point though. Wish it would stop now and bring peace talks on the table again," and then "Isn't it interesting though how so many rich Islamic countries in the region don't say a word or intervene when Gaza is attacked."

Chetan Bhagat doles out gyan on Gaza gets hammered on Twitter

Chetan Bhagat in this file photo, Reuters

Perhaps anticipating that the first tweet would be seen alone, Bhagat also said that his tweets on Gaza needed to be read in continuity and not in isolation. However Bhagat's last two tweets, which frankly are still the classic fence-sitting argument, weren't good enough to keep angry Twitter users from having a go at him.

Some pointed out that Bhagat had no context of history, that in no way was the killing of innocent children justified and that perhaps Bhagat would do well if he did some research on Palestine and Israel before commenting.

Of course, Bhagat did get some supporters who seemed to agree with the view that by destroying Gaza, Israel was just defending itself against rocket attacks from Hamas.

Check out the Twitter war below in all it's glory:

Chetan Bhagat's tweets

The ones who weren't so happy with Chetan Bhagat's view on Gaza

And finally the pro Israel lobby:

While Bhagat might say that he was misquoted by those who only saw his first tweet, the fact is that even when put together his tweets still hold the view that Israel isn't entirely wrong in what it's doing to Gaza, that it is just self-defence. But of course as Palestinian casualties show this is an all-out war on it's people.

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