This Saturday saw Twitterati explode after Aaj Tak TV anchor Anjana Om Kashyap’s cryptic tweet critical of a ‘journalist’ went viral. In her tweet, Kashyap had lashed out at a journalist, who according to her, was in the habit of coaching others on how they should ask questions while being ‘on-air.’
Without naming anyone, Kashyap wrote, “There’s a journalist. He has opened a coaching centre for asking questions on-air. Once, when given an opportunity, could not go beyond asking about relationships between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law. Giving certificates to everyone is his job. Perhaps this is the frustration of being made to wait outside the door.”
एक पत्रकार हैं। ऑन एअर सवाल पूछने का कोचिंग सेंटर खोल लिया है। एक बार मशहूर इंटरव्यू में सास बहू से आगे वो सवाल पूछ नहीं पाए। सबको सर्टिफ़िकेट देना इनका काम है। दरवाज़े के बाहर खड़े होने की छटपटाहट !
— Anjana Om Kashyap (@anjanaomkashyap) May 18, 2019
Although she did not name anyone, Twitterati particularly those with right-wing leanings were quick to conclude that Kashyap was targeting her own colleague in the India Today group and a veteran journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai. The reason they arrived at this conclusion was that Kashyap’s viral tweet had come hours after Sardesai was seen expressing his frustration at journalists not insisting on asking questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his much-publicised press conference on Friday night (watch below). Kashyap was one of the two journalists, who had directed her question at Modi during the press conference. Modi, in turn, had passed her question to BJP President Amit Shah.
The same night in a TV debate with his colleague Raj Chingappa and Rahul Shrivastava. A visibly agitated Sardesai was heard saying, “Do you think journalists themselves need to put their hands up when the prime minister says this Amit Shah’s press conference. Should they have been little bit more aggressive and said ‘no, no Mr prime minister, you have not addressed any press conference in the last five years, why don’t you take a couple of questions?’ I am playing a devil’s advocate.”
In response, Chengappa replied that Kashyap had directed her question at Modi. But Sardesai did not appear convinced with his defence for Kashyap and said, “She asked the question, but should she have been ‘sir this question is for you’.”
— Chowkidar Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) May 18, 2019
The ‘mother-in-law, daughter-in-law’ reference was widely viewed as Kashyap’s jibe at Sardesai’s past interview with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Rajdeep : Anjana should’ve asked tough questions to Modi
What kind of tough questions?
Rajdeep : Like traditional saas bahu relationship and mother in law relationship. 😂 pic.twitter.com/esNugWA4DG
— Smoking Skills (@SmokingSkills_) May 18, 2019
This is how Twitterati reacted to what’s being viewed as an internal war of two India Today journalists.
India, today. Not the brand. I mean the divide in India today. https://t.co/EJZNRdB6Jq
— Man Aman Singh Chhina (@manaman_chhina) May 18, 2019
Extremely courageous of @anjanaomkashyap to call out Rajdeep Sardesai. In media and showbiz it isn’t easy to take on famous seniors. Shows how young professionals, who have risen by the dint of their talent will no longer put up with patronising nonsense . #AnjanaOmKashyap
— GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) May 18, 2019
Why is Anjana Om Kashyap hitting hammer on Rajdeep Sardesai? What did I miss?🤔
— Professor Hulk (@_WanderrrLust) May 18, 2019