It’s not easy being a woman, one is tempted to ask. It’s even more difficult to be a woman journalist and NDTV‘s Nidhi Razdan learned it the hard way last week, following her interview with controversial British MP Barry Gardner. It is shame that we have lost the charm to put across our argument and we resort to cheap, vile and sexist attacks when we disagree with somebody. Yet! Nidhi Razdan was just doing her work as a TV journalist.
For those who came late, Barry Gardner invited Gujarat Chief Minister to address the House of Commons and Nidhi only quizzed her on the reason for inviting the controversial ‘Prime Minister in waiting.’ Another reminder, Britain imposed a ten-year diplomatic ban on Modi for the Gujarat Pogrom.
Perhaps, Mr Gaardner would do well to read the most respected newspaper in his own country, Guardian to refresh his memories and also to the Indians of the likes of Mahesh Murthy on the facts.
What followed was a shameless and cheap Tweet and Wall post by Pinstorm founder, Mahesh Murthy on his Facebook page, “Today’s Delhi rape case: of @NidhiRazdanNDTV / Congress, by Brit MP Barry Gardiner,” What follows were insulting remarks on You Tube, Facebook and Twitter and it is sick how people were making personal attacks on Nidhi Razan. The Modi-Bhakts just piled on her and, oblivious of facts, they hailed Mr Gardner as an articulate MP who schooled Nidhi. Get a chill pill! It was not an insult and the MP attempted to thwart the journalist effort by employing defense mechanism ploy.
It makes sense to ask Mr Gaardner on the change of heart of the British government, vis-a-vis, Narendra Modi. ” There has never been a boycott of any Indian politician of any party. And that should be quite clear to all of you,” the MP defends himself. Pathetic lies, agressive Mr Gaardner. More shameful is the fact that Mr Gaardner gives lesson to a foreign country and Indians on how they should respect the Supreme Court judgement who exonerated Modi. Well! Mr Gaardner, do your homework properly.
QUOTE…It seems you have no respect for your own Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of India has looked at those allegations, I believe, on a number of occasions. And has absolved Mr Narendra Modi completely from those allegations. For you to be bringing them up on Indian television is extraordinarily strange…
….You are very very keen to talk over me rather than conduct an interview. But if you think democracy is best served by not observing the views and judgments of your own Supreme Court then I am most surprised.” UNQUOTE
It’s strange, Mr Gaardner how you claim to be so well-versed with the hearing of Indian SC and I don’t think you are the right person to give lessons. It’s your belief. We believe you are a controversial British MP. It is beyond my reasoning that you should teach a country what they should or not take into account before electing a future PM. So,you are teaching lessons and certainly, credit goes to Gaardner who went for the kill. It is shocking that the great pearl of wisdom is telling Indians to shut the fuck off on Godhra where Indian citizens, women and children were brutally murdered for belonging to a particular community. Mr Gaardner would do well to read, Tehelka Gujarat Pogrom. You are clueless, Mr Gaardner! There is something called Google.com
The only fault of Nidhi is that she let the British MP gain an upper edge on her and never fully recovers herself . Instead, she should have asked Mr Gaardner, ‘Is it true that the Brits are having a change of heart because Modi’s stock has brightened up like Gold in Indian politics and whether UK is most concerned of the financial crisis affecting their economy? Secondly, Gaardner is representative of a whole Indian community of business people composed of 51 per cent Asia and over 30 per cent Hindu in North Bent. Now, Mr Gaardner is questioning the patriotism of an Indian citizen and respected journalist from NDTV.
What is even more shameful are the Indians who are questioning the integrity of Nidhi Razdan by insulting her on social networking sites. The sexist remarks leveled against Nidhi Razdan is condemnable and is done in bad taste. Fine, she may not have framed her questions in the cutting-edge fashion and some reference of a ‘botched-up’ interview may hold but why the personal insults?! As a nation, India need to define itself and the problem is that we don’t need to define ourselves in terms of what Americans or the West do. Supreme Court or no Supreme Court judgement, a large chunk of the Indian population still question Modi’s role in the Gujarat pogrom. Mind you! It is not just Muslims who question the PM-in waiting!
Ok! Fine! One may argue that the journalist may not have done her homework properly and was perhaps in a rush to nail, Mr Gaardner. But, that’s not reason enough to get personal through sexist venom and attack her integrity or insult her on social networking sites. I have worked as a reporter and I think I have miles to go before I put into question the professional integrity, track record and capability of Nidhi Razdan. There have been instances where politicians have been aggressive with me and I lost my balance. Fine! We are humans but nobody gives you the right to call me dumb or intellectually inferior. Such uncalled aggressive stance and empty threats comes mostly from mediocre politicians. I rest my case.
PS: After much thought I decided to blogged about the controversy of the British MP VS Nidhi Razdan. I shall leave you with this link: