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Opportune time to talk about feminism: Chetan Bhagat

Friday, Oct 14, 2016,13:34 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Bestselling author Chetan Bhagat whose latest novel “One Indian Girl” has a female protagonist, feels that the time is “opportune” to hold discussions and create awareness about feminism.

“I’m lucky. I think it is a very opportune time. Feminism is an issue whose time has come. Ever since the Nirbhaya incident, the issue of women’s rights has taken the centre stage.
“People are wanting to understand these issues. Movies like ‘Pink’ and ‘Queen’ have done well. I think it is time to talk about these issues,” he said.

According to the 42-year-old writer, a lot of confusion continues to prevail about feminism and the term has been largely misinterpreed and misused.

“Now more understanding is needed so that there is no confusion around the word feminism. The image of a feminist is that of somebody who has a very rigid stand against men. It just means women should also have a chance to pursue their goals as equally men.

“You can be a traditional girl, who wants her man to love her, her boyfriend to call her… and still be a feminist, you don’t have to be a different species,” he says.

The banker-turned-author who has already penned six fictions, has for the first time written from a female perspective, which he calls, “challenging.” “I had the idea seven years back but I didn’t have the courage then. Writing in the first person as a girl and on feminism is a challenging job and to do that one needs to have experience,” he says.