External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last night pulled up NDTV’s Executive Editor Nidhi Razdan for an irresponsible tweet which misrepresenting the Government of India’s response to the groundbreaking ceremony of Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib corridor in Pakistan.
The government of India had recently proposed constructing a corridor to the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, a holy site for the Sikhs, in Pakistan. Pakistan, to reciprocate the same, will be carrying out the groundbreaking ceremony for the same on 28th November. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister sent an invitation to External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj.
In a letter to Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Swaraj expressed that due to her prior commitments, including election campaign scheduled in poll-bound Telangana, she should not be able to travel to Kartarpur Sahib. However, Shiromani Akali Dal’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industries and Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, would be representing Government of India at the ceremony.
NDTV’s Nidhi Razdan shared the above letter on Twitter with part information that Swaraj has turned down the invitation owing to her election campaign commitments. In the following tweet she said how the two union ministers would represent the Government of India. However, in isolation, Nidhi’s tweet was misleading and Swaraj called her out on the same.
You missed my subsequent tweet ma’am. Which had the news of the two ministers going. But you’re right, when split up ,the tweets don’t convey the news properly. So have deleted them and posted a new one.
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) November 24, 2018
After Swaraj pointed it out, Nidhi explained how the minister didn’t read her subsequent tweets before accepting that in isolation, her tweet was misleading. Considering celebrity journalists rarely acknowledge their mistakes, Swaraj later even thanked Nidhi for correcting herself.
Thanks for prompt correction Nidhi. https://t.co/LMVZfVkuz6
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 24, 2018
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Meanwhile, u-turning trolls, in a desperate attempt to stay relevant thought Nidhi may have an ‘insidious agenda’ behind the tweet.
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) November 25, 2018
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