NEW DELHI – Apart from cloud-radar and email-digital camera remarks, another interesting observation has emerged from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s now infamous News Nation interview that aired on May 11. He was seen reading out of a script.
The new development has confirmed the claims that his TV interviews are stage-managed. During this interview, PM is asked whether he writes anything literary in nature, to which the PM says he writes poems and asks someone behind the camera to hand over his “file”, so he could read out one to the viewers.
PM Modi is asked to recite a recent poetry of his in the @NewsNationTV intvw. He asks for HIS file which is duly handed over, and he starts fiddling with a bunch of papers. The paper on which there’s a printed copy of a poetry also has a printed question on the top.
— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) May 13, 2019
However the ploy backfired as the camera cuts to the “file” — a stapled set of A4 sheets — in Modi’s hand which contains the verses of the poem written on it as well as the question that was asked by the journalist, Deepak Chaurasiya.
The brief yet telling moment is seen at around 1:08:00 in the video.
This is hardly surprising since the PM’s earlier “interviews” to ANI’s Smita Prakash, ABP News etc have been slammed as being scripted as they never contain any cross-questions. One question posed to the PM by ABP anchor Rubika Liyaquat was, “How do you not get tired, do you drink any tonic?” Similarly, Akshay Kumar had asked how he liked to eat mangoes.
Congress party’s social media in-charge and former MP Divya Spandana pointed the observation out on Twitter. She said that it was evident how badly the interview was scripted when one pauses the video as the script flashes across the screen.
So the @narendramodi interview with @NewsNationTV was *badly* scripted just like his other interviews,but here’s proof!Pause the video at 3 seconds & take a good look, it has the question & *ahem* the answers too!Now you know why no press conference or debate with @RahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/6zgQsQTt2F
— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) May 12, 2019
She said, “Now you know why no press conference or debate with Rahul Gandhi.”
When the interview had aired, PM Modi had become national laughing stock for his remark that he had suggested to ‘experts’ at the time of the Balakot Strike that clouds would provide radar cover to IAF jets.
The PM has not given a single press conference in five years, and one does not need to wonder why.