Chetan Bhagat irked historians everywhere with his extremely banal tweet questioning what exactly they do. He was of course making light of the fact that 53 historians are protesting against what they feel is rising intolerance in the country by returning awards given to them by the government.

After writers, artists, filmmakers and scientists, over 50 historians on Thursday came out strongly against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not making any reassuring statement following concerns over “highly vitiated atmosphere” prevailing in the country.

A total of 53 historians including leading names like Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib, KN Pannikar and Mridula Mukherjee have in a joint statement released by Sahmat raised their serious concerns over recent developments.

“Differences of opinion are being sought to be settled by using physical violence. Arguments are met not with counter arguments but with bullets,” the statement said referring to the Dadri lynching incident and the recent ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni during a book launch function in Mumbai.

In response to the statement, Chetan Bhagat had this to say on Twitter:

Twitter responded with a huge resounding crack and came down on the author for his failed attempt at being funny.

It of course ended up becoming a recurring theme among Twitterati.

Chetan Bhagat tried to backtrack and pointed out that his tweet was meant to be a “joke”.

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Chetan Bhagat wants to know what exactly historians do and Twitter is quick to tell him