Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai harassed by Modi supporters in Bengaluru

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A video of journalist Rajdeep Sardesai being heckled by the supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone viral on social media platforms.

The viral video was shot while the journalist, currently with the India Today Group as its consulting editor, was having his meal at a city restaurant. A Twitter user, Girish Alva, posted the tweet calling Sardesai’s heckling by BJP supporters the journalist’s ‘Maddison Square moment.’

He wrote, “Rajdeep’s Madison Square Moment in BLR Today. During breakfast in a Richmond Circle restaurant, unknown angry techie shouts at him: Techie: You are born in India, dont hate Hindus.
Rajdeep: Don’t you hv any decency.
Techie: You dont have decency. U spread so much crap in news! (sic)”

The video has evoked angry reactions from journalists on social media. Veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta wrote, “Shocked at the harassment of @sardesairajdeep at a BLR restaurant. That the offender is a well-heeled techie reminds us decency or lack of it has nothing to do with social status. The poorest in remotest places have strong views but welcome & engage with journalists.”

Rajdeep too tweeted responding to a tweet by journalist Rohini Singh. He said, “Thanks my friend! What these guys won’t tell you is how everyone in restaurant came up and said sorry, these ‘goons’ don’t represent Bengaluru or India sir! There is hope!?”

Rajdeep had faced similar heckling in New York in 2014 during Narendra Modi’s first trip to the US as India’s prime minister. The journalist was in Bengaluru on Monday to cover the assembly elections campaign.

Karnataka goes to polls on 12 May while the counting is scheduled to take place on 15 May. Both the BJP and the Congress are desperately trying to woo voters to vote for them.

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