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Post by Seva Lamberdar on Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:01 am

INDORE: Author Chetan Bhagat on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under attack from historians, scientists and artists because he does not belong to the 'privileged class'.

The privileged class of this country is rattled because the political power has slipped into the hands of people from the Hindi medium. Bhagat said, addressing a curtain raiser function for a literature festival here.

"If Modi and Amit Shah had attended Doon school, spoke impeccable English and were spotted with their English girlfriends, they would not have been attacked so much," said the author.

The controversy surrounding returning of awards can be attributed to the power shift that is taking place in the country, he said.

Attacking a section of intelligentsia for returning their awards alleging growing climate of intolerance, Bhagat said national awards are not given by the government. Rather a jury or a panel selects the qualifying people and thus, it's inappropriate to blame the government for it.

"These are not mere awards, but honours that are given to an individual for his or her individual achievement. How can you later return an honour that you had already accepted?" he said adding now foreign media has come into play and they are painting a sorry picture of India. They are portraying India as a country which is intolerant.

Earlier in the day, the bestselling author was attacked for making an indirect jibe at historians who have returned their awards through his Twitter handle. "What do historians do? I am genuinely curious. This happened. Then this happened. Then this. Ok work done for the day," Chetan Bhagat had tweeted.

Bhagat said he doesn't care about personal criticism targeted at him, but foreign media should not be allowed to portray a negative image of India.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/AwardWapsi-Chetan-Bhagat-slams-privileged-class/articleshow/49598124.cms

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Post by Kris on Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:37 am

Seva Lamberdar wrote:INDORE: Author Chetan Bhagat on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under attack from historians, scientists and artists because he does not belong to the 'privileged class'.

The privileged class of this country is rattled because the political power has slipped into the hands of people from the Hindi medium. Bhagat said, addressing a curtain raiser function for a literature festival here.

"If Modi and Amit Shah had attended Doon school, spoke impeccable English and were spotted with their English girlfriends, they would not have been attacked so much," said the author.

The controversy surrounding returning of awards can be attributed to the power shift that is taking place in the country, he said.

Attacking a section of intelligentsia for returning their awards alleging growing climate of intolerance, Bhagat said national awards are not given by the government. Rather a jury or a panel selects the qualifying people and thus, it's inappropriate to blame the government for it.

"These are not mere awards, but honours that are given to an individual for his or her individual achievement. How can you later return an honour that you had already accepted?"
he said adding now foreign media has come into play and they are painting a sorry picture of India. They are portraying India as a country which is intolerant.

Earlier in the day, the bestselling author was attacked for making an indirect jibe at historians who have returned their awards through his Twitter handle. "What do historians do? I am genuinely curious. This happened. Then this happened. Then this. Ok work done for the day," Chetan Bhagat had tweeted.

Bhagat said he doesn't care about personal criticism targeted at him, but foreign media should not be allowed to portray a negative image of India.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/AwardWapsi-Chetan-Bhagat-slams-privileged-class/articleshow/49598124.cms
>>>>I am not a big Bhagat fan and have little interest in his particular genre, but agree with him on this 'returning of the award' business. As symbolism it rings hollow and pretends that the ills in India just started the day Modi took office and everything was hunky dory before that. The media amplifies this with no awareness of its own hypocrisy on this front. I am not sure I see the 'classism' angle so directly as Bhagat does, but there does seem to be a 'let's hound him out office' feel to all of this. If the guy performs on his promise of economic development, the overall society will benefit  from it (and if he doesn't, he will get booted out come election time). If he gets derailed only because the elitist set doesn't like him, those who are bound to get screwed are those on the lower end of the socio-economic ladder. In that sense, there is classism here, even if Bhagat is off on the 'English medium vs. Hindi medium' divide.

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Re: #AwardWapsi: Chetan Bhagat slams 'privileged class'

Post by Seva Lamberdar on Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:43 pm

Kris wrote:
Seva Lamberdar wrote:INDORE: Author Chetan Bhagat on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under attack from historians, scientists and artists because he does not belong to the 'privileged class'.

The privileged class of this country is rattled because the political power has slipped into the hands of people from the Hindi medium. Bhagat said, addressing a curtain raiser function for a literature festival here.

"If Modi and Amit Shah had attended Doon school, spoke impeccable English and were spotted with their English girlfriends, they would not have been attacked so much," said the author.

The controversy surrounding returning of awards can be attributed to the power shift that is taking place in the country, he said.

Attacking a section of intelligentsia for returning their awards alleging growing climate of intolerance, Bhagat said national awards are not given by the government. Rather a jury or a panel selects the qualifying people and thus, it's inappropriate to blame the government for it.

"These are not mere awards, but honours that are given to an individual for his or her individual achievement. How can you later return an honour that you had already accepted?"
he said adding now foreign media has come into play and they are painting a sorry picture of India. They are portraying India as a country which is intolerant.

Earlier in the day, the bestselling author was attacked for making an indirect jibe at historians who have returned their awards through his Twitter handle. "What do historians do? I am genuinely curious. This happened. Then this happened. Then this. Ok work done for the day," Chetan Bhagat had tweeted.

Bhagat said he doesn't care about personal criticism targeted at him, but foreign media should not be allowed to portray a negative image of India.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/AwardWapsi-Chetan-Bhagat-slams-privileged-class/articleshow/49598124.cms
>>>>I am not a big Bhagat fan and have little interest in his particular genre, but agree with him on this 'returning of the award' business. As symbolism it rings hollow and pretends that the ills in India just started the day Modi took office and everything was hunky dory before that. The media amplifies this with no awareness of its own hypocrisy on this front. I am not sure I see the 'classism' angle so directly as Bhagat does, but there does seem to be a 'let's hound him out office' feel to all of this. If the guy performs on his promise of economic development, the overall society will benefit  from it (and if he doesn't, he will get booted out come election time). If he gets derailed only because the elitist set doesn't like him, those who are bound to get screwed are those on the lower end of the socio-economic ladder. In that sense, there is classism here, even if Bhagat is off on the 'English medium vs. Hindi medium' divide.
I have a simple take on this subject, than you. More than 95% of these Awardees returning the awards didn't deserve them in the first place, and probably could get them mostly for knowing the right people in the right places. So, it makes little difference whether they return their awards or keep them. A few weeks ago a teenager in Karnatka, a high schooler basically, returned his Sahitya Academy award (?) which he had received a few years back. Just imagine -- a teenager getting the Sahitya Academy Award? Most high schoolers have a hard time to get noticed even by their class teacher.

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