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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Chetan Bhagat says Anna Hazare's 'class' has 'placed'; feels that joining politics will make him lose his independence

Throng of people piled in to hear popular Indian writer Chetan Bhagat.

Prajakta Hebbar | imsopraj

Updated:January 25, 2015, 2:55 PM IST
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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Chetan Bhagat says Anna Hazare's 'class' has 'placed'; feels that joining politics will make him lose his independence
Throng of people piled in to hear popular Indian writer Chetan Bhagat.
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Jaipur: Be it the cold Sunday morning or the throng of people piling in to hear popular Indian writer Chetan Bhagat, the mood at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival was energetic.

Dressed in a black velvet bandhgala suit and sporting a distinct salt-and-pepper look, Bhagat was in conversation with Meru Gokhale today in the Pink City.

Interacting with the audience in an easy, affable manner, Bhagat talked about his writing and the impact his books have on the audiences. In fact, he even compared it to body-building and cooking.

"Imagine you make a new year's resolution to go to the gym. There's a struggle every morning, you feel lazy. That's what I go through every day," he said laughing.

Speaking from a range of issues Bhagat said about politics: "I want to keep writing for change, and I feel politics is a big part of it. But I don't want to join any political party, because that'll make me lose my independence."

"I'm not saying that people should not join politics. It's a good thing, actually. Look at The Class of Anna Hazare -- they've all been placed," he said, clearly referring to Kiran Bedi's entry into politics. The Bharatiya Janata Party has recently projected her as the Chief Ministerial candidate of Delhi.

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