Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent interview with Times Now Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami not only had the viewers divided, but Twiterrati too.
Being his first interview with any private news channel post coming to power in 2014, Modi’s decision to choose Times Now for this exclusive one-on-one had the nation glued to the show, and that included ideologically diverse group of journalists belonging to an eclectic mix of political affiliations, who quickly went about praising, criticising, and even mocking both the guest and the host.
Soon the buzz caught the fancy of major social media channels, and as expected, it became one of the top trending topics for almost two days in a row on Twitter. Many noted journalists also took to social media to express their opinion regarding the Modi-Arnab interview, with many of them criticising Goswami’s soft stance, while few chose to play it safe.
Veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, who is well known for his anti-establishment views otherwise, especially ones directed at the government in power currently, however, tweeted with much restrain:
In sharp contrast, Naresh Fernandes, Editor, Scroll.in called it “tame interview” and also shared a detailed analysis of the show, much to the joy of the anti-establishment brigade:
Noted journalist Shekhar Gupta, who in the past has been critical of the ruling government and not definitely a great fan of Goswami, however, posted this:
Well known columnist Rana Ayyub, who recently released her book on Gujarat riots titled-Gujarat Files-anatomy of a cover up, did not mince words while commenting on the interview:
Political Editor of Caravan Magazine and former Political Editor of Open Magazine, Hartosh Singh Bal criticised Goswami for the interview and termed his questions as mere ‘softballs’:
Veteran Journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Mahrastra1tv, Nikhil Wagle also expressed his reservations about the interview and tweeted:
With trolls for and against the interview having a field day, it was the 45 second video posted by Raghav Bahl owned The Quint that captured what many thought was a true representation of the Modi-Arnab interview, albeit in a lighter vein.
Watch the video here: