EXCLUSIVE — UP elections are the worst: Chetan Bhagat to NewsX

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| Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 20:31
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EXCLUSIVE — UP elections are the worst: Chetan Bhagat to NewsX

New Delhi: Popular Indian author, columnist and screenwriter Chetan Bhagat in an exclusive Facebook live chat with NewsX spoke about his new book, surgical strikes by India and feminism on NewsxLive.

Speaking to NewsX on Facebook live, Chetan Bhagat shared his views about the politics being played on surgical strikes, Indian Army, the forthcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. He also talked about his critics and triple talaq issue.

When asked about the upcoming UP assembly elections, Chetan said, "...sometimes we cross the line, especially in UP elections. UP elections are the worst."

The ‘2 States’ author while speaking on politics being played over the recently conducted surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) in September, said, “All sides are guilty, why should they talk about strikes so many days later? Government is trying to use it ... it is evident because of the posters.”

“Banning Pakistani artistes is not the solution. They should speak out on terror though,” Bhagat said over the controversy after a ban was imposed on Pakistani artistes post the Uri attacks.

"Army people feel that they are being used by politicians," Chetan added.

Commenting on his critics, Chetan said, “They’re elitist losers, sexually repressed!”

Speaking on the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati asking Muslims not to waste votes by voting for Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) Chetan said, "No brouhaha in media. Too touchy about majoritarian politics; same rules don’t apply on minority appeasement."

On fence-sitters like Bachchan, Chetan said, "Why should he speak or take a stand? Media distorts all his statements."

Responding on the triple talaq issue, the 'Half Girlfriend' author said, “It is time for uniform civil code or to give women the same talaq option.”

After being an engineer, author, columnist and TV commentator, when asked what next for him and whether he would like to be a film producer or a politician next, Chetan said, "There are no such possibilities." Though he did say he would be happy to advise them but wouldn’t join them. 

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