Congress and its loyalist media persons keep alleging that PM Modi never answers tough questions and criticise the PM’s interviews claiming that the ‘pliant’ media did not ask him tough questions. However, the tough questions that Gandhi’s face, regarding their food habits and taste preferences, are curiously ignored.
Recently, a compulsive Modi hater (because ‘critic’ won’t be an accurate term for him) Ravish Kumar had ‘interviewed’ Rahul Gandhi. Ravish Kumar, who has long been literally whining in his TV show on NDTV that the PM is not being asked tough questions, was so ‘soft’ on his interview with Rahul Gandhi that even staunch Modi hater and Ravish fan Nikhil Wagle had to call Ravish a ‘Bhakt’.
I find nothing extraordinary about Rahul’s interview by Ravish.This is a kid glove interview in typical Ravish style. Show me one inconvenient or different question. I like Ravish, but we don’t have to praise him for wrong reasons. Journalism doesn’t need Bhakts!
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) May 11, 2019
Amidst all these, an old video has surfaced on social media where an NDTV journalist is seen running behind Rahul Gandhi in Amethi for asking him one very difficult question, How was the taste of the Samosa’?
The video was uploaded by popular Twitter handle @Being_Humor and has gone viral.
This is called real journalism ? pic.twitter.com/TcgQZrpqwT
— Chowkidar Maithun MI (@Being_Humor) May 13, 2019
In the video, the poor NDTV journalist is seen following Rahul Gandhi, fighting through other journalists trying to get closer to Rahul, and running behind for a glimpse of the Congress president, all so he could ask one profound question, “Aapko samosa Kaisa laga”? (Did you like the samosa)”.
This is Pidi channel NDTV’s journalism. Anchor is @SharmaKadambini ??
“Aapne samosa khaya?”
“Aapne Jalebi nahi khayi?”
“Aap sehat ke liye Ahtiyaat nahi barat-te?”pic.twitter.com/FbT2hISPQO
— सरदार (@SardaarKhan) May 13, 2019
The journalist, NDTV’s Umashankar Singh, first asks Rahul Gandhi about the samosa and gets a Samosa in his mouth in return. He then keeps following Gandhi through the crowd repeating the question, how did Rahul like his samosa. When finally an embarrassed Rahul answers it was good, the NDTV journalist asks the next most tough questions, “You had jalebis too, did you like the jalebis?”. Then, as if India’s future depends on those samosas and jalebis, the journalist is seen further asking, are you not concerned about your health?
Recently, another old video of Rahul Gandhi had gone viral where, after he finished a Ganga Aarti with much fanfare, when an NDTV journalist asked what did he pray for, Rahul simply answers, “I don’t know, I was asked to be here, so I am here”.
Interestingly, after ANI’s Smita Prakash had grilled PM Modi for over an hour with questions ranging from economic policy, demonetisation, GST and all other challenges the NDA government has faced, Rahul Gandhi had termed it as “pliable journalism”