Times of India tries to paint Rahul’s humiliation as a victory, gets schooled on Twitter

The marathon no-confidence motion proceedings got over in the Lok Sabha late Friday evening, with a resounding victory for the Modi government.

Apart from leaving the opposition to pick up its broken pieces of pride and dignity, the day also marked a new episode in Rahul Gandhi’s public drama. The Congress president first gained some brownie points by hugging the Prime Minister, which was later dismissed by many as a stunt after he was found winking at his party colleague when he returned to his seat.

Overall the Social Media’s interpretation of Rahul’s stunt was that of mockery and hilarity, but not too surprisingly many journalists placed the Congress President on a high pedestal. The admiration for Rahul by a section of journalists was so evident that they even slandered Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan after she slammed the Congress President for his stunts.

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Such a positive portrayal of Rahul has now also crept into the news stories of Times of India after it in an article titled, “Rahul Gandhi gains confidence, PM Modi gets a hug“, which prima facie tried to paint Rahul’s humiliation as a victory. The content too tried to paint a positive image of Rahul Gandhi, by claiming that his hug with Modi signified inclusiveness.

Predictably this act by Times of India did not escape the gaze of twitter users who proceeded to school it for its actions:

Incidentally TOI was not alone in this regards and Indian Express to carried a similar headline:

This raises the question where there was a larger understanding between the media and journalists at play, so that Rahul can go down as the hero who went down fighting, and not a dynast who was handed another defeat in the eyes of the nation?


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