Rajdeep Sardesai gets slammed by Tushar Damgude, the man behind the Bhima-Koregaon FIR

As the Maharashtra police conducted raids in several cities and arrested five ‘urban Maoists’ media outlets have been on an overdrive. Amidst all the debates and news of court appeals, one man was suddenly at the centre of media focus, Tushar Damgude, the man on whose FIR the Maharashtra police had begun the investigation and subsequent crackdown on the alleged urban Naxals.

Damgude is a Marathi writer who has a considerable facebook followers base. Earlier yesterday, a report in firstpost.com shared some details about his Facebook account in which he frequently writes about Shivaji Maharaj, Hindu ideologies and as per the report, against Maoists. India Today TV had yesterday interviewed Damgude in which anchor Rajdeep Sardesai, was bellowing at his colleague Pankaj Khelkar to ask some ‘tough’ questions to Damgude. While Damgude maintained a calm poise and answered all the questions patiently, many social media users have commented that Rajdeep Sardesai’s questioning of Damgude looked biased and motivated.

At the beginning of the interview, while the India Today TV’s journalist Pankaj Khelkar asks Damgude what prompted him to file an FIR, Damgude explains that he had witnessed the Elgar Parishad event and the highly objectionable speeches, pamphlets and literature distributed there was unacceptable to him. He further states that the Bhima-Koregaon memorial event have been held since decades and there never have been such violent incidents. Upon this, Rajdeep screamed over the microphone to ask Damgude that his facebook page has been ‘exposed’ by a writer and how could he (Damgude) term people of left-wing ideology as criminals. Many readers can find this accusation amusing as Damgude’s facebook post has been there for everyone to see and wonder how can anyone be ‘exposed’ by a public social media page.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

Sardesai then goes ahaead to yell at Damgude on how can he term the arrested people like Navlakha and Sudha Bharadwaj as criminals when they were not even there at the Elgar Parishad event. He even accuses Damgude of running his own agenda as it has been ‘exposed’ from his facebook page that he has met Sambhaji Bhide and Ekbote. Damgude answered that the Indian constitution gives him the right to meet and share ideas with anyon ehe wants and his discussion with Bhide has been shared in his facebook post. He goes ahead to point that so far Sambhaji Bhide has not been found to having links with Al Qaeda or ISIS and his meeting him should not bother anyone. Damgude asserts that he was present in person in the Elgar parishad on 31st january. At this point, Rajdeep’s loud voice drowns Damgude’s reply again. Rajdeep asks again why he has termed people with just a different ideology as criminals.

Damgude again explains that about 250 different organisations were represented in the Elgar Parishad but his complain is not against any of them but some specific persons like Sudhir Dhavle and others are people with suspicious background and some of them have been even convicted by courts as Maoist sympathisers. Rajdeep screamed again on Damgude asking why he did not file an FIR on Bhide and Ekbote and he is accused of practising his own politics, not clarifying who had accused Damgude and on what grounds.

Upon which Damgude replied that the country doesnot run with one person’s whims and prejudices and he had filed FIR based on what he had seen. he added further that he had never seen Bhide or Ekbote inciting people to cut and kill others.

Rajdeep again went to yell on Damgude that how can he file an FIR on Sudha Bharadwaj, Gonsalves and all as tehy were not even present there. To this, Damgude replied that even Osama Bin Laden was not present whn the WTC towers fell on 9/11. Rajdeep again went ahead to ask does Damgude even know who Sudha Bharadwaj is. Damgude replied that even Osama Bin Laden was an engineer and that does not mean there should be no charges against him.

Rajdeep furthered his attack on Damgude asking why did he file an FIR on these people and does he have any evidence against them. He again brought his facebook page to accuse him. Upon this, Damgude replied that Rajdeep cannot tell him what to do or what not to do. He added that he is not a CIA or RAW agent as Rajdeep is making it sound like whether the Maharashtra police has evidence against the urban Naxals or not, that will be presented before the court of law, not before Rajdeep. He stated that Rajdeep will not decide whether these people can be criminals or not, it is upto the courts to decide. Damgude firmly told Sardesai that criminals are convicted based on their crimes, not on their religion and social status. He asked Rajdeep furteher that does he think Maoists advertise in newspapers before new recruitments. Damgude at that point ignored Rajdeep’s further accusations about his facebook post and told him that rajdeep cannot tell him what to post in his facebook page. He asserted further that going by Rajdeep’s point of view, should a petty criminal only be tried for his crime and another criminal be set free because he is a writer.

Damgude’s firm and bold stand against Rajdeep’s accusations has been praised widely on social media. People have applauded his clarity of thought and his confidence in the face of what many claimed was a sheer attempt at bullying by Rajdeep Sardesai.

Share and Support:
Support OpIndia by paying for content

Most read articles recently

‘Will not develop areas which did not vote for me’: Rajasthan Congress MLA shortly after winning

Rajender Singh Bidhuri fought and won a close battle against BJP MLA Suresh Dhakad with a margin of 1661 votes.

Here is why BJP lost elections, and of course, it was deliberate

What BJP supporters need to realise is this - no political party ever wants to lose and least of all, a party led by the two most politically aggressive politicians the country has ever seen.

Ranchi: Court summons Rahul Gandhi for his defamatory remarks against Amit Shah

The petitioner submitted that the statement by Rahul Gandhi against Amit Shah had hurt his sentiments and tarnished the image of the party.

India cannot turn into Islamic Nation, only Modi can understand gravity and do needful: Meghalaya HC

There should be uniform law for all Indian citizens, and anybody opposing the Indian laws and constitution cannot be considered as citizens of the country, Meghalaya High Court noted

BJP has lost the digital and social media edge, but it is not too late to recover

Talented supporters are BJP's key asset. If things start moving now BJP will be able to recover the edge lost by 'IT cell'. The time to act is now.

Priyanka Gandhi part of selection process of Congress CM in the state where her husband faces probe

Priyanka Gandhi's husband, Robert Vadra, was recently summoned for the third time by the Enforcement Directorate in the Bikaner land deal money laundering case after he missed the first two.
Modi government vindicated, SC says Rafale Deal clean

SC verdict on Rafale deal: Read scathing comments made by Court while dismissing petitions for inquiry

Supreme Court dismissed petitions for an enquiry into Rafale deal pricing, offset partner selection and procurement procedure. Read scathing observations

Congress friendly journalist wishes death upon BJP Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Bagga

During the run-up to Gujarat assembly elections last year, Trivedi was caught spreading morphed images with Amit Shah's fake quotes on Patidars

For all his angst against Adani, Rahul Gandhi chose Kamal Nath who rallied behind Adani for power plant in Chhindwara

Kamal Nath is believed to be close to Gautam Adani, whom Rahul Gandhi has frequently accused of being a 'crony capitalist'

BJP’s real woes: Lessons from the electoral semi-finals

The prolonged silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on election results was very telling. The results were clearly unexpected and possibly led to prolonged internal discussions on the future course of action.

Latest articles

Connect with us

125,628FansLike
97,821FollowersFollow
6,064SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these