After grilling Modi with 'tough' questions on poetry, News Nation's Deepak Chaurasia saves 'easy' questions for Rahul Gandhi
News Nation TVâs interview of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the weekend became hugely controversial as not only did it bring out several shortcomings of the BJP leader seeking a second term in office but he was also caught lying and answering from pre-decided script. The interview was yet another example of how members of the Indian media have mortgaged their freedom and would do anything to appease their political masters.
Modi faced unending embarrassment for claiming that he had ordered the airstrikes inside Pakistan despite going against the advice from military experts since he knew that cloudy and rainy weather condition will help Indian military jets dodge the Pakistani radar system. In the same interview, Modi claimed that he used internet to send email in 1987, eight years before the internet arrived in India. He also claimed to use digital camera the same year even though this nowhere available for general use in India.
News Nationâs Deepak Chaurasia came under flak for ârespectfullyâ asking Modi if he carried a wallet and his latest poetry composition. Chaurasia made sure that he body language and tone were respectful enough so not to earn wrath from Modi and his party, the BJP. Chaurasai smiled and sat in a posture, which was reflective of the respect a Supreme Leader ought to receive during his scripted TV interview.
Two days later, Chaurasia received an opportunity to interview Modiâs rival and Congress President Rahul Gandhi. In contrast, not only had he got his voice and aggression back, he appeared in no mood to inquire about Gandhiâs poetry skills or whether he chose to carry his money in his wallet etc. Here, he also remembered the most fundamental trait of journalism while interviewing someone i.e. to ask follow-up questions.
Chaurasia asked Gandhi how he could continue to embarrass Modi on the issue of demonetisation and GST when the BJP under his leadership had won elections both in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, two states that went to polls immediately after the two controversial economic decisions of the Modi government. He also remembered to not take everything as a gospel truth from Gandhi.
After he completed his fierce of Modi, Gandhi asked the News Nation representative if this answer featured in Modiâs scripted interview with the channel over the weekend. An alert Chaurasia countered Gandhi and said that âno, that page had his poetry written, not questions.âhttp://www.jantakareporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/OKcVsZ2yegb5SRb2.mp4
Gandhi said sarcastically, âYes, everyone on internet saw what it wasâ leaving Chaurasia red-faced.
A clip of Modiâs interview with News Nation had gone viral showing the prime minister flip through some pages as he pretended to find his latest poetry composition. However, the page, where a poetry was written also had âquestion 27â which read, âAs we end this interview, I would like to ask the poet Narendra Modi if heâs written anything in the last five years.â
Modi blushed and then asked his staff to get a file which had his latest composition, which he said he wrote on his way back from Himachal Pradesh.
And hereâs the question that did get asked! What a con man đ pic.twitter.com/3v2jGb96ei
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As expected, this became a topic of widespread ridicule as this came as a conclusive evidence that Modi simply was incapable of giving unscripted interview to anyone. This also explained why the man who occupied the post of prime minister for five years refused to hold a single press conference.
News Nationâs interview with Rahul Gandhi shows why journalism in India was dead. But, politicians like Gandhi donât deserve any sympathy since they continue to remain in awe of these platforms. Hence their decision to give interviews to them.