Flix Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 05:30
The “World Exclusive” interview by India Today of Lalit Modi to its Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai has apparently not gone down too well with some within the media. Sardesai reacted to tweets by senior journalists Minhaz Merchant and Swapan Dasgupta, both of whom were critical of the interview for one reason or another. The interview telecast on India Today on Tuesday night was telecast in bits and parts. Merchant and Dasgupta alluded to the fact that the last portion of the interview, where Modi started to drop names of Congress politicians he was associated with, was missing, and cried ‘censored’.   What is this "private office" @LalitKModi is talking about? Maybe we'll know in the elusive last part of interview. — Swapan Dasgupta (@swapan55) June 16, 2015 Conspiracy theories proliferate over why last part of the @LalitKModi interview is being endlessly delayed — Swapan Dasgupta (@swapan55) June 16, 2015 Do "World Exclusives" have repeats even before the premiere show is complete? — Swapan Dasgupta (@swapan55) June 16, 2015 Last bit of @LalitKModi interview cut short because too many Cong names were being implicated. The corrupt ecosystem strikes — Minhaz Merchant (@minhazmerchant) June 16, 2015   The interview was later telecast in full this morning and on a second viewing, Merchant said it was “good, professionally conducted,” but the earlier allegations by duo seemed enough for Sardesai to issue retorts.   Overall, on second viewing, a good, professionally conducted interview with @LalitKModi on @IndiaToday by Rajdeep — Minhaz Merchant (@minhazmerchant) June 17, 2015   Sardesai first clarified that the channel had uploaded whatever they could on Tuesday night. He then went on to accuse the duo of playing “cheap politics” on Twitter. “Expect better from people of their stature,” he added. Dasgupta also responded to the remark.   Pity senior journalists like @swapan55 and @minhazmerchant use Twitter to play cheap politics. Expect better from people of their stature — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 17, 2015 @minhazmerchant if it was a good professionally conducted iview, you should withdraw the original tweet sir which is still on your timeline — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 17, 2015 If its 'cheap politics' 2 highlight yr reluctance 2 press @LalitKModi on his charge of PC running a "private" foreign policy, I plead guilty — Swapan Dasgupta (@swapan55) June 17, 2015 Sardesai then went on to respond to both Merchant and Dasgupta directly, finally apologizing for the “brief outrage”.   @swapan55 you have every right to criticise without attempting to bring in conspiracy theories. One respects your intellect. — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 17, 2015 @minhazmerchant kindly take back your slanderous words sir. Full iview is on air. Last night we aired whatever we could upload. — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 17, 2015 Ok folks, sorry for the brief outrage. Think Twitter should pay rich tributes to Charles Correa, and I should take a walk on the beach! Bye — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 17, 2015 Former IPL commissioner Modi recently became subject to controversy after it appeared that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had facilitated his travel from England to Portugal.  Modi is on the run from Indian law and although Swaraj came under intense scrutiny, she stood by her claim that she had helped Modi on “humanitarian” grounds because his wife was suffering from cancer. Modi also managed to rope in Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje into the controversy after claiming that she had signed his immigration papers, something that Raje has not endorsed. Modi’s interview also became the subject of much tongue-wagging within the media. The interview was not given to Times Now after Modi insisted for a legal contract to be put in place before the dialogue.