When Rajdeep and Sagarika got trolled by alert Twitter users

Rajdeep Sardesai has suddenly become relevant on TV screens these days. And it’s not like the last time when he was caught assaulting people in New York. Rajdeep has become the go-to man, it seems, for the India Today group, to send out to get interviews from controversial individuals. It started with Rajdeep landing the “Global Exclusive” and eventually, the only interview of Lalit Modi. For this, Rajdeep had to be flown out to far-flung Montenegro on a very short notice.

Montenegro is over 5000 km (aerial distance) from India. A flight, booked on short notice, takes between 12-15 hours to reach there and costs Rs 70000 odd for an economy class round trip and a Rs 1.6 lac odd for a business class round trip. In the true spirit of journalism, Rajdeep travelled all this distance to get the interview of a man under investigation for economic offences, only because it involved some BJP leaders getting embarrassed. The distance is important, since as Twitter user @VibhaSays pointed out, Rajdeep had often used the “tyranny of distance” excuse, when he did not cover certain other stories, like death of kids in a school and other news stories in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, which are very much in our own country.]

But it wasn’t over for Rajdeep. The said interview, which was promised to be aired at 9 pm, eventually reached our homes almost 90 minutes late. And even when it did, the end was chopped off. This led to multiple conspiracy theories that the interview could have been edited or snipped to make some Politicians look good.

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Rajdeep did not take kindly to this and reprimanded his fellow journalists…

….Only to get it back, in kind

Next, Rajdeep, beaming with joy that he was the only one to get something from Lalit Modi, consulted his private “moral compass” and started pontificating on journalistic ethics. He was in all probability targetting Arnab Goswami, at whom he was taking potshots all week (and also getting it back from Arnab with equally sly comments of TV)

To which, he was reminded of his own “grapes are sour” moment by , when Rajdeep reacted to Time Magazine getting the prized interview of Narendra Modi, which Rajdeep failed to get, in spite of trying several times.

On a side note, Rajdeep’s first tweet could have also served as a slap on out-of-work journalist Nikhil Wagle’s face, who is famous for cribbing about interviews by other journalists:

Rajdeep wasn’t done with Swapan Dasgupta though. This time, the two were arguing on Rajdeep’s interview with L K Advani. And once again, Rajdeep got his just desserts:

 

 

To this, Rajdeep replied that:

To which Rajdeep was again pointed to his own tweet by @c_aashish, where he quoted none other than Rajdeep’s “hero” Ambedkar, and the quote itself was anti-hero-worship:

And as we come to changing heroes or villains, we have to mention Sagarika Ghose. Just like Rajdeep, Sagarika too paid her respects to the “respected Advaniji” as soon as Advani made, what seemed to be, an anti-Modi statement.

This was again, in stark contrast to Sagarika’s earlier stand, that demonized Advani:

The husband-wife duo of Sagarika and Rajdeep, need to be reminded that whatever be the alignment of their “moral compass” at any point in time, Twitter never sleeps and never forgets.


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