Friday, July 10, 2020
Home Fact-Check India Today interview: Rahul Gandhi says he wants to destroy Modi's image, interviewer repeats...

India Today interview: Rahul Gandhi says he wants to destroy Modi’s image, interviewer repeats a lie about Modi

The pliant media merely displays its servility to the Gandhis, one softball interview at a time. 

Also Read

Nupur J Sharma
Editor, OpIndia.com since October 2017

Rahul Gandhi, the President of the Congress party gave a rare interview to India Today. In the interview, Rahul Gandhi spoke about a host of subjects including the Congress’ strategy to ‘defeat Modi’ in these 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, there was one extremely revealing segment, where the malice of Rahul Gandhi and the servility of the interviewer was starkly visible.

In one segment, Rahul Gandhi interestingly reveals his true plans and talks about how one of his primary goals during campaigning was destroying the image of Narendra Modi.

In this segment, Rahul Gandhi says that when he started off, he asked his partymen what Narendra Modi’s strength was and they said, his strength is his incorruptible image.

Rahul Gandhi says that his response was “Okay, I’m going to rip that strength to pieces. I’, going to take it and shred it”. He then asserts that he has managed to do just that because he was ‘persistent’.

Rahul makes a rather interesting revelation here. The Rafale deal rhetoric has been a persistent campaign ploy with the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi. The desperation to prove that a scam existed in the Rafale deal was such that Rahul Gandhi once lied blatantly on the floor of the house, claiming that the French President had spoken to Rahul Gandhi personally and told him that there was corruption in the Rafale deal. Later, in a massive embarrassment, the French government had to issue a statement, essentially saying that Rahul Gandhi lied and no such meeting ever took place.

In their desperation to prove that Rafale deal was a scam, Rahul Gandhi even pretended to visit ailing Manohar Parrikar as a courtesy visit. That “courtesy visit” was later turned into a ploy to attack the Rafale deal. Rahul Gandhi used a visit made to an ailing Chief Minister to claim that Manohar Parrikar had himself told Rahul Gandhi that he had some files on the Rafale deal and that there was a scam in the deal. Parrikar, suffering from cancer, had to come out and issue a statement calling out Rahul Gandhi’s lies. In fact, even after Manohar Parrikar lost the battle to cancer, even in death, Rahul Gandhi lied in Manohar Parrikar’s name.

The changing numbers of the “scam” amount, the fact that his allegation of the amount “Modi gave to Ambani” is greater than the entire offset amount, the shoddy audio tape that was thrown out by the parliament, the fact that the Supreme Court itself gave a clean chit to the deal and the fact that he admitted that the Supreme Court had made no observation of ‘chowkidar chor hai’ as he had alleged are all facts that have been put forth a number of times. Rahul Gandhi was forced to apologise.

After all of this, the fact that Rahul Gandhi has repeatedly walked the path of lies, thereby undermining national security, was a conundrum that alluded many, until now.

With Rahul Gandhi’s admission that he wanted to “rip PM Modi’s incorruptible image”, the strategy behind his Rafale lies are clear. With Congress’ corrupt image that reduced them to 44 seats in 2014, the only way Rahul Gandhi thought Congress could even have a shot at winning was by shattering the PM’s image.

In his NDTV interview, Rahul Gandhi had repeated this as well. That he has succeeded in shattering PM Modi’s ‘incorruptible image’. He, in fact, went ahead and said that when he started off with the Rafale rhetoric, only 20% people believed that there was a scam in Rafale, whereas now, according to Congress’ internal numbers, 67% of the country believes that there is a scam in Rafale. Interestingly, according to CVoter, as on 2nd May 2019, only 9.68% believe that corruption is an issue in the country at all. Unfortunately, we don’t have the data from the Congress era to compare, but logic dictates that the number would have been much, much higher. If according to CVoter data, only a little over 9% believe that corruption is an issue, where the 67% number that Rahul Gandhi cites comes from is a mystery. Perhaps just like most of his lies, this number has also been pulled out from the deepest corner of his vivid imagination.

While Rahul Gandhi lies blatantly, what is interesting is how the interviewer just stays mum and lets Rahul run around with his inconsistencies, unabated.

The Rafale lies were un-countered in both the India Today interview and the NDTV interview. The interviewers were more than happy to let Rahul Gandhi further his lies. Not one question was asked about how his “money given to Ambani” number is higher than the entire offset amount or how Rahul’s own Eurofighter shenanigans play a part in his Rafale rhetoric.

In the India Today interview, the interviewer goes a step ahead. He repeats a lie about PM Modi, out of the blue.

The interviewer asks Rahul Gandhi whether NYAY will be like Modi’s “failed promise of putting Rs 15 lakh in every bank account from the money seized abroad”.

A blatant lie, repeated by a journalist, to help Rahul Gandhi further his lies and propaganda.

Prime Minister Modi had mentioned ‘Rs 15 lakh in every bank account’ to indicate the quantum of money that is stashed abroad. Basically saying that there is so much black money stashed abroad that everyone can get Rs 15 lakh if that money is brought back. At no point of time, was this rhetoric an actual promise that was made to the people of India. For Congress trolls to further this lie is understandable, for a journalist to further this lie just so Rahul Gandhi can lie further is unfathomable.

The media has a penchant of soft-balling the Gandhis. Who can forget Shekhar Gupta asking Sonia Gandhi whether she knew how to cook and whether she tossed the pasta? Or Rajdeep Sardesai asking Sonia Gandhi about her mother-in-law. Or even a Pallavi Ghosh asking Rahul Gandhi about his dog, Pidi. The nature of soft-balling changes. From talking about mothers-in-law to aiding and abetting political lies, however, the nature of the interviews remain the same – an attempt to help the Gandhis perpetuate their lies further.

None of these journalists asked Rahul Gandhi about his own dubious deals. The fact that Christian Michel was a lobbyist for Eurofighter and against Rafale or that in his fax, he had said that Sweden has sway over the Gandhis because of the Bofors scam. Or whether Rahul Gandhi met Eurofighter representatives in Germany and does he have links to Arms Dealer Sanjay Bhandari or even whether his mother, Sonia Gandhi’s Italian family benefitted from the Bofors scam. The pliant media merely displays its servility to the Gandhis, one softball interview at a time.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Nupur J Sharma
Editor, OpIndia.com since October 2017

Trending now

Delhi Riots Chargesheets: Before murdering Ratan Lal, the Islamist mob had held 2 other police constables hostage

The chargesheet filed by Special Investigation Team of Delhi Police in the murder of Ratan Lal and deadly attacks by rioters on IPS Amit Sharma and IPS Anuj Kumar mentions at least 17 accused.

The curious case of ‘Drone Boy’ who has made 600 drones using broken mixer grinders and televisions. A fact-check

While 'drone boy' Prathap NM has claimed to have made 600 drones using e-waste, not a single photo or video of them exist

Criminal Vikas Dubey had tortured his school headmaster to death, exhibited criminal behaviour since childhood: Report

Vikas Dubey had tortured his school headmaster Siddheshwar Pandey to death during his childhood

Used cartridges from the rooftop: What was collected from the scene where Ratan Lal was murdered and what it all means

During the anti-Hindu Delhi riots, the brutal murder of Ratan Lal was one of the first acts of violence that shook the nation from the 24th of February to the 26th of February

Unconfirmed reports of Newslaundry columnist Sharjeel Usmani being ‘picked up’ by UP Police emerge on social media

Islamists and 'liberals' claimed on social media that Newslaundry columnist Sharjeel Usmani, who had hailed Delhi riots shooter Shahrukh as 'Mujahid', has been 'picked up' by UP Police.

From Vikas Dubey has reached Nepal to he may be encountered ‘because he knows dirty secrets’: Read how conspiracy theorists spun yarns

As Vikas Dubey was on the run, the journalists kept themselves busy conjuring up various conspiracy theories.

Recently Popular

Australian surfer Carmen Greentree abducted and raped for 2 months in a houseboat in Kashmir in 2004, pressurised to convert to Islam

Carmen Greentree has penned a book titled "A Dangerous Pursuit of Happiness" narrating her abduction and rape in Kashmir.

Jyoti Basu is the mass murderer India forgot

Please don’t feel bad about speaking ill of the Late Jyoti Basu. If there is another world, be certain that there are (at least) 28,000 voices from the other side backing you up.

Only Muslims go to heaven, Ravish Kumar-like non-Muslims can only hope for a mild level of hell: Dr Zakir Naik explains

Naik said that virtues like honesty and charity cannot ensure qualifying marks for heaven or Jannah. Only Muslims can go to heaven and non-Muslims will go to hell by default, he says.

Netizens ask Netflix to cancel comedian Kenny Sebastian’s special show after he hurls obscene abuses

Social media users are demanding that Netflix reconsiders special show of Indian comic Kenny Sebastian after he was allegedly found hurling obscene abuses to people on his Instagram page.

Payal Rohatgi’s Twitter account suspended, the actress says she is being targeted by ‘liberals and extremists’

Payal Rohatgi has stated that her efforts to share facts has been projected in a bad light by liberals and extremists who control Twitter.

Bhopal: 55-year-old Sabir Ali enters dairy farm and rapes a cow, arrested after CCTV footage revealed crime

Incidentally, the CCTV camera in the dairy farm captured the ghoulish incident, where the accused had stealthily entered and brutalised the animal.

Delhi Riots Chargesheets: Before murdering Ratan Lal, the Islamist mob had held 2 other police constables hostage

The chargesheet filed by Special Investigation Team of Delhi Police in the murder of Ratan Lal and deadly attacks by rioters on IPS Amit Sharma and IPS Anuj Kumar mentions at least 17 accused.

AAP does it again: Arvind Kejriwal supporters hail him for ‘saving life’ of a Modi voter amid coronavirus outbreak

After receiving severe criticism, Arvind Kejriwal supporters have taken it upon themselves to rebuild his lost credibility

Indian and Chinese sides move back at conflict areas along the LAC in Ladakh to create temporary non-patrolling zones

India and China have completed withdrawal from conflict sites along LAC at Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso lake and other conflict areas

Gujarat shows the way in Atmanirbhar Bharat: Morbi, the ceramic tiles hub of India, now looks to take on China’s toy market

150 firms in Gujarat's Morbi have joined hands to create local alternatives to products currently being outsourced from China.

Maharashtra: Thane hospital gives body of wrong Coronavirus victim to family, after cremation hospital informs that their family member is alive

After a family cremated body of Cornoavirus victim, hospital informed they their family member is alive & they were given wrong body

After obscene comments, clip of comedian Kenneth Sebastian calling Sanskrit ‘most useless language ever’ goes viral. Watch video

In the video titled "Journey to the centre of my brain", Sebastian is seen thanking God because 'all the people who spoke Sanskrit are dead'.

West Bengal: News channel owner Sheikh Safiqul Islam, his wife Alima Khatun and journalist Suraj Ali Khan arrested after the channel exposed corruption

Web Channel Arambagh TV owner Sheikh Safiqul Islam, his wife Alima Khatun and journalist Suraj Ali Khan were arrested on 29 June

NCW takes cognisance of the vile, obscene abuses hurled by comedian Kenny Sebastian, asks for probe

Kenny Sebastian was accused of hurling vile, misogynist abuses over Instagram comments. The abuses were flagged by many social media users.

The curious case of ‘Drone Boy’ who has made 600 drones using broken mixer grinders and televisions. A fact-check

While 'drone boy' Prathap NM has claimed to have made 600 drones using e-waste, not a single photo or video of them exist

‘He is with the Samajwadi Party’: Gangster Vikas Dubey’s mother says the government must do what is appropriate

Speaking to the media, Sarla Devi, the mother of Vikas Dubey said that they came to know of his arrest after watching the news on the television.

Connect with us

235,277FansLike
402,115FollowersFollow
272,000SubscribersSubscribe