We all know how anti-Modi Indian mainstream media (MSM) has been and continue to be. We have often seen them run ‘blow to Modi’ reports and they never lose time in criticising his schemes even if they are good. Certain media houses and journalists have a special affinity for PM Modi and hence they hate him more than others. Earlier they used to at least camouflage their hatred under the cloak of ‘constructive criticism’. However, these days it has become fashionable to bash PM Modi and journalists no longer hide the fact that they detest PM Modi. Many a times they cook up stories and quote ministers out of context just to foment trouble for BJP in general and PM in particular.
One of the journalists who belong to the ‘hate Modi secular’ brigade is Prasoon Bajpai of Aaj Tak. It is believed that he is not only a sympathiser of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) but also an admirer of Arvind Kejriwal and a known hater of ‘Sangh Parivar’. He never wastes time in showing where his loyalties lie. Recently he had a show down with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, on live chat show he was conducting for his channel. And it goes without saying that the latter put him in place by giving him a befitting reply.
Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad was questioned about Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal who was constantly having to battle with the center. He replied sarcastically that the Delhi CM was on the war path with everyone except Prasoon Bajpai himself. Bajpai kept needling the minister with the hope of incensing the latter. The law minister far from losing his cool answered in a witty manner and ensured his replies were laced with enough sarcasm and humour.
When the topic of demonetisation and its benefits came up then the minister had this to say “Mr. Bajpai you have always been a vocal critic of BJP and the PM and you have been doing this since 2014. We respect this right of yours to criticise the Government. However, at times you must see some good in us as well”. Bajpai also made a comparison with the previous government and lamented that PM Manmohan Singh called him to know the reason for criticism while the present PM did not. Prasad was quick to counter question if the present government ever stopped him from criticising its policy. Prasoon Bajpai also raised questions on PM’s silence on Kashmir issue and his absence in the parliament among others.
Sarcasm was written large on his tone and mannerism. However, the law minister outsmarted him and on more than one occasion silenced the journalist with his wit, humour and sarcasm laced counter-argument. More often than not journalists assume that the right to question and criticism means they can say what they feel, even if it is not backed up facts. They are always showing their bias openly and of course trying their best to create unrest among the people. The best way to silence them, though, is to let your work speak for itself.
— Latha Iyer