Celebrated author Chetan Bhagat has said that feminism is not an elitist cause and certainly not “what 20 women who go to Khan Market decide”. Speaking after the release of his latest book ‘One Indian Girl’, Bhagat felt that he had a “feminine side” to him and understands women better than many men. Bhagat spoke extensively on the issue of feminism and its relevance in our society which is often depicted as ‘patriarchal’ by feminists. Taking a dig at the pseudo-feminists, he said that the very idea of feminism is that “it gives women strength”. He also asserted that feminism doesn’t mean that a woman is “always strong”.
“If a guy breaks up with you on WhatsApp (referring to his protagonist Radhika in the book) you will be devastated. You have to be real, and human, and emotions have to flow out of you. You cannot say that I’m a feminist and I won’t let this man affect me,” he said.
According to a media report, Bhagat said, “Even though the average Indian girl’s feminism is less modern, it is not coming from articles in the New York Times. Their feminism is: I want to educate myself and do other things for my life but I better look good tonight, he must like me. That’s the movement in India, that’s what the girls need to get. At the same time, I don’t want him to push me to have sex with him, at the same time I don’t want him to disrespect me, or ask me to quit my job for him. I want him to care about my dreams. These are all the real issues. They aren’t regressive issues”.