- June 28, 2016
Creating ripples with his actions has been one of the main characteristics of Modi and the same happened on Monday, when the PM gave his first exclusive personal interview on Times now.
We saw a great deal of uproar, both negative and positive among the citizens regarding the interview but the show stealer was ultimately Arnab whose politeness and a completely different attitude threw off the ones who were looking for some fresh drama.
One wonders as to why Modi who does not consider the PM as post for himself but it is a work. From the ramparts of Red he once said ” I am not Pradhan Mantri, but Pradhan Sevak” . But it appears that he is more and more with the days that pass by with him in the work of PM, he instead of holding a Press conference with all the media men print and electronic, Indian and foreign he should have given the details of his work and invited the media men to question. But as is Modi’s wont he he must meet the end has chosen one media man who has in last two years proved his loyalty to Modi as a person and occupying the chair of PM. This was the same BJP during UPAII which made allegations and called Manmohan Singh trying to avoid media who did avoid for very long, and when he gave an interview it was very selective media were invited and they were the ones who were not popular with people and friendly with the Government.
There have been a lot of commentator criticizing Arnab for not following through with his regular methods of cornering government officials, but the purpose of a newspaper interview is to elicit views and clarity on policies, not to corner a prime minister. If the media will not portray respect for the PM, how will the citizens? However, with the comfort of having a loyal journalist asking questions it would serve both the end one to have given interview and also to have avoided the querstions that Modi dislikes.