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As Christian Michel names ‘Mrs Gandhi’, some ‘journalists’ say it ‘might not be Sonia Gandhi’ while others talk about the weather

While it is implicit who Christian Michel is referring to, it is rather amusing to see the journalists who claim to ‘speak truth to power’ are either silent on the issue or are very assiduously evading the identities of ‘Mrs Gandhi’ and ‘Italian lady’s son R’.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has mentioned to the court that the alleged middleman Christian Michel in his testimony has spoken about one ‘Mrs Gandhi’ and ‘italian lady’s son R’. However, the media and Congress loyalists have taken no time to confound the enormity of this reference by speculating who these personalities could be.

Congress leader RPN Singh, perhaps aware of the potential ramifications such reference to Mrs Gandhi and her son could mean to party’s fortunes in the coming Lok Sabha elections has used the tried and tested formula of blaming it as opposition antics to malign the Gandhi family. Derisively mocking the PM, he insinuated that chowkidaar is trying to pressurise the government agencies to defame the Gandhi family.

Posting a sharp rejoinder to Abhijeet Majumder’s tweet, journalist Tanushree Pandey claimed that Christian Michel has mentioned only “Mrs Gandhi”, whether it’s Sonia Gandhi or someone else is yet to be clear. A section of media is still speculating who ‘Mrs Gandhi’ is and who is ‘Italian lady’s son R’.

A news anchor from India Today quickly jumped to Pandey’s defence and said that Pandey was just “sticking to facts”. Perhaps she believes that Mrs Gandhi could be another Gandhi other than Sonia Gandhi who is also an Italian lady with a son ‘R’ “who could become the PM”.

Another self-proclaimed liberal, Sanjukta Basu is trying hard to defend the indefensible. Known for purveying fake news and biased propaganda, Sanjukta is requesting everyone to not fall for fake news of Sonia Gandhi being the unknown identity Mrs Gandhi claimed by Michel.

Then there were others who were busy tweeting inane things to shield themselves from the trauma of these revelations. The troll masquerading as a journalist, Swati Chaturvedi, was busy discussing more important things like nationalist symbols but has not uttered a single word on the mention of ‘Mrs Gandhi’ by Michel. It’s ironic to see journalists claiming to hold the political parties accountable are conspicuously silent on gross corruption.

The man who claims himself a scholar, Ram Guha, didn’t find it important enough to discuss the identity of Mrs Gandhi and ‘Italian lady’s son R’ who played instrumental roles in the AgustaWestland scam as purported by Michel. Guha was more interested in self-promotion than referring to Michel’s disclosures.

Shivam Vij who claims to be an unbiased conscientious journalist has occupied himself with more pressing concerns like sharing a parody about Modi’s gaffes than to debate about Michel’s revelations.

Finally, the Wire’s Rohini Singh is talking about the dropping Mercury while she is not bothered by the rising temperature caused by Michel’s revelations.

While it is implicit who Christian Michel is referring to, it is rather amusing to see the journalists who claim to ‘speak truth to power’ are either silent on the issue or are very assiduously evading the identities of ‘Mrs Gandhi’ and ‘Italian lady’s son R’.

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