Home Media Shocking: Rajdeep Sardesai loses cool, abuses Twitter users via Direct Message

Shocking: Rajdeep Sardesai loses cool, abuses Twitter users via Direct Message

Celebrity Television journalist Rajdeep Sardesai has been caught on Twitter multiple times peddling half-truths and whole lies. For such poor journalism and blatant hypocrisy, Sardesai is often trolled online, and sometimes unfortunately even gets abused. Abuse by anyone is wrong, although technically it may qualify as free-speech. Rajdeep is usually content in playing victim by choosing a few abusive tweets, linking them to Modi and his “Bhakts”:

Rajdeep for his part is no fan of Bhakts. He made this amply clear when he hurled punches at some Modi supporters who had heckled and verbally abused him in New York in 2014. He later expressed “deep regret” for his actions and admitted he should have just walked away instead of getting physical. He claimed that “something snapped” that led him to getting physical.

It seems something has snapped again today.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

For the past few days social media is rife with speculation as to who could be part of the infamous “Agusta Patrakar” gang. The gang of journalists who were flown to Italy at the behest of the Italian arms dealing company. The journalists who were allegedly paid a hefty sum to ensure that coverage on the scam is “managed”.

In many discussions on social media, Rajdeep’s name came up, along with the names of scores of other journalists. We want to make it clear her that we are not endorsing any corridor whispers. There must be an inquiry to find out who these corrupt journalists are. The rot seems to be much bigger than we imagined after Radia tapes and recently Essar mails were leaked.

However, it seems that these corridor whispers have “snapped” something in Rajdeep’s mind again. Because the big man in his Ivory tower, who never responds to anything, began responding. He did so by sending direct messages to people in private, rather than doing it in public on his Twitter timeline. And soon after the responses, he began blocking people.

The responses were not civil or fact based rebuttals or anything of that sort. In fact, tweets that he responded to didn’t even directly accuse him of being bribed by AgustaWestland. But we got to see the hidden feelings of Rajdeep Sardesai, the erudite Editor of the India Today group, showering uncharitable remarks, bringing up “mothers” of other people:

Here are a couple of replies to users invoking their mothers:

1
Rajdeep’s abusive replies (Click here for the link on Twitter)

Rajdeep's abusive replies
Rajdeep’s abusive replies (Click here for the link on Twitter)

Rajdeep's abusive replies
Rajdeep’s abusive replies (click here for the link on Twitter)

In some cases, even borderline threats:

Rajdeep threatening?
Rajdeep threatening? (Click here for the link on Twitter)

Although we at OpIndia.com are not big fans of Rajdeep Sardesai, we were shocked to see these tweets. We talked to a couple of those posting these screenshots to confirm that these were genuine messages, and they confirmed affirmatively. Still, to be fair to Mr. Sardesai, we decided to get his view too. We asked him on Twitter, and are awaiting his response.

This report will be updated if and when he responds to our query, either on his public timeline on Twitter or in private by sending a Direct Message to us.

UPDATE: Rajdeep didn’t respond for more than two hours after we put the question to him (at 1.11 PM today). Before our question, there were dozens, if not hundreds of questions already put to him by tagging him on Twitter, asking why was he being abusive. This went for more than 12 hours, but there was no clarification from him at all. Instead, we got one more screenshot of him being abusive.

After our article went live, many people tagged him again asking the same question. Within minutes, “Rajdeep Sardesai” was trending on Twitter. Finally at 3.19 PM today, he sent out the following public tweet, claiming that his account was hacked and those abusive messages were actually not sent by him:

Rajdeep clarifies
Clarification by Rajdeep Sardesai (Click here for the Twitter link to the above tweet)

So Rajdeep claims that his account was hacked and some miscreant who put out those abusive direct messages (DMs). This seems unlikely because some of the abusive DMs were sent out at near midnight on 29th April, and after that Rajdeep Sardesai has been accessing his “hacked” account and tweeting normally for more than 12 hours. He never felt any problem logging in or got any security alert from Twitter?

Furthermore, all these hours, he was asked the same question that we asked. He could have clarified back then only and the matter would have rested. In fact, one of the abused users had specifically asked if his account was hacked. He didn’t respond. He was not bothered about this hacking till we put up this report?

And why would the hacker only send a few abusive DMs and block people afterwards? If the aim was to give bad name to Rajdeep and embarrass him, would the “hacker” have not tried to send a publicly abusive tweet and embarrass Rajdeep even more?

We leave it upon our readers to conclude for themselves what they want to believe. Was it a genuine case of hacking (Mr. Sardesai should file a complaint with the Delhi Police’s cyber cell in that case) or was it a Suresh Raina’s “nephew moment” for Rajdeep Sardesai?

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Share This Post With Your Friends & Fans:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Election 2019 Live Updates

Track all the updates on one page as the results and trends trickle in

The Left has lost its deposit. It is time for the Right to fight Modi

Modi 2.0 heralds a new beginning for India and her people. It must not be allowed to cultivate the habits of Modi 1.0.
Shehla Rashid remembers 2014, says she had wanted Kejriwal as PM

Shehla Rashid loses it early on counting day, says “Felt like a Muslim when ‘mass murderer’ won in 2014”

As early trends show an NDA victory, Shehla Rashid calls him a mass murderer, says she had wanted Arvind Kejriwal as PM in 2014 and she had felt like a 'Muslim'.
NYT peddles Modi 2.0 as victory of India's most divisive leader

Dear New York Times, India has chosen Modi 2.0, deal with it

When India gives a thumping, unprecedented, overwhelming victory to a man who has made every single Indian feel proud of their nation and heritage, the NYT's heartburn is expected. 

The story of BJP’s rise and rise in West Bengal: The story starts not in 2019 but 2017 Ram Navami

History may remember the 23rd of May, 2019 as the day when the future of Bengal Politics changed forever. However, it was on the 5th of April, 2017, on the auspicious day of Ram Navami that the seeds of it were sown.
Rana Ayyub had a meltdown seeing BJP securing an unprecedented victory

Unprecedented Modi victory triggers meltdown for controversial journalist Rana Ayyub

Prospect of a stunning Narendra Modi victory in 2019 Lok Sabha election triggered a mental collapse for controversial journalist Rana Ayyub

Smriti… who? Smriti, the one who gave your brother a run for his money

In a major upset for Congress, BJP's Smriti Irani won the Congress 'family seat' Amethi defeating Congress President Rahul Gandhi by over 50,000 votes

Rahul Gandhi should not fire his data analysis chief, but promote him. Here is why

The divine vision of Praveen Chakravarty, "Big Data" head of Congress, is too precious

Kanhaiya Kumar’s family uses LPG stove to prepare for his victory, contrary to his claims just a few weeks ago

Kanhaiya had claimed that his mother cooked on a Chullah and not on an LPG stove as it was not viable because of being too expensive and also exhausted within 3-4 days.

‘Chup Chaap Kamal Chhaap’: The slogan that changed Bengal politics forever

While Bengal is the land of Maa Durga and Maa Saraswati, 'Jai Shree Ram' soon became a symbol of political protest.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories

Latest articles

Connect with us

164,717FansLike
142,535FollowersFollow
64,625SubscribersSubscribe
Share This Post With Your Friends & Fans: