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Godi Media Has Many Questions for Rahul Gandhi, But None for Narendra Modi

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16.10.2018

“Rahul Gandhi should answer for the past four years” is a peculiar statement repeated among those in my profession, while they face a prime minister, Narendra Modi, who refuses to fulfil his institutional role of being answerable t0 the people of India via a free press. Sections of the media who I call “panna pramukhs” are enthralled by Amit Shah’s shrill cry of “Rahul Gandhi should answer”.

Is Gandhi, the president of the Congress party with a scanty 45 MPs in the Lok Sabha, a surrogate for the prime minister of India? As Modi arrogantly evades his responsibility by morphing into Mute Modi – the first prime minister in India’s history not to have held a single press conference – has the free press failed in its first and only covenant, of holding power to account?

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The panna pramukhs of the godi media, it seems, prefer to hold Rahul Gandhi to account.

They are terrified of Modi, who has unleashed a vendetta of tax raids against media proprietors, the latest being Raghav Behl, who had his homes and offices searched by the IT department last week. Earlier, the raids and punitive tax orders against NDTV ensured that Modi sent a message to the media that was heard, received and internalised: ‘Don’t ask Modi any questions.’

The message is also sharply underlined by the fact that the Modi government has refused to grant broadcast........

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