POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 03, 2014 AT 23:05 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 03, 2014 23:05 IST

After years of drought, not one but two interviews -- first with unadulterated Modi fan, Madhu Kishwar, for India News and NewsX; and the other for ETV Rajasthan:

The verdict?

Aakar Patel in the Mint: The Narendra Modi interview on NewsX:

It isn’t really an interview so much as stenography...It is a sermon, whose sacred utterance is being recorded...Interventions from the interviewer come primarily as excited giggles, approving moans, and enthusiastic repeating of Narendra Modi’s words

Betwa Sharma in the Quartz: Narendra Modi’s first television interview was more like a monologue

It was publicized as the politician’s first interview of the election season. And yet the whole thing was more like a monologue, hardly in response to or an exchange with an independent reporter.

His musings were part of the documentary research of academic Madhu Kishwar, author of Modi, Muslims and Media. Kishwar said that Modi should be celebrated and not demonized, pointing out that the politician had never delivered any hate speech.

Pratik Sinha in the Truth of Gujarat: Narendra Modi lies through his teeth about Best Bakery Riots Case while Madhu Kishwar nods in agreement:

Narendra Modi in his ‘interviews’ with Madhu Kishwar spoke about all the cases except the Naroda Patia case in which Narendra Modi’s minister Maya Kodnani is serving a life term...Essentially, Narendra Modi is trying to take the blame away from the shoddy work done by Gujarat Police. While Narendra Modi talks about ‘witnesses coming from Gujarat‘, the fact is that in the 44 day trial of the Best Bakery case, 39 of the 77 witnesses turned hostile. The main witness Zaheera Sheikh, who had turned hostile, had walked into the court room with BJP MLA Madhu Srivastava. Srivastava had earlier ‘promised that witnesses would turn hostile in court.’ He was prescient: they did.

Shailaja Bajpai in the Indian Express: How Modi faced the nation

“The media is either unwilling or unable to ask Modi penetrative questions. In these two interviews, he swatted away softball questions with a hard bat. Perhaps he only agreed to be interviewed on condition that he not be asked uncomfortable questions.

If you compare this interview with Rahul’s on Times Now, the contrast is stark: Rahul was asked at least some hard-hitting questions, cornered on issues like the 1984 Sikh riots, although he was allowed to have his say on his pet themes.

In Modi’s case, he simply had his way throughout. Not once was anything he said challenged. It made for poor TV. If he continues to give soft interviews, they will be viewed as plugs for him — another strategy in the marketing of Modi.”

Also See: Older interviews with Mr Modi:

With Karan Thapar:

With Rajdeep Sardesai:

POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 03, 2014 AT 23:05 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 03, 2014 23:05 IST
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Daily Mail
Apr 11, 2014
06:52 PM

Modi was roundly criticized for avoiding tough interviews. Modi has hit back by appearing on Rajat Sharma's show-who is a fair and tough guy.

And I like the way Modi is bypassing the English media. They have become too arrogant and need to be put in their place.

Akash Verma
Chennai, India
Apr 05, 2014
08:48 PM

Modi simply will not face the media, and most of the media is simply too cowardly to press him in any case. For all the authoritarian arrogance, he simply does not have the confidence to face any serious questioning. The point is that he can't simultaneously play to the audiences he has to please - he can't maintain the facade of Vikas purush while play to his core Hindutva support. The only way out is to avoid the media altogether - except for fawning sycophants like Madhu Kishwar, who famously became a Modi-bhakt after being intensively wooed by the Modi PR machine. The only times he has faced serious questioning he has broken down.


Mumbai, India
Apr 05, 2014
12:00 PM

>>Were you laughing when you were posting Kishwar's old articles to prove Modi's guilt?

Really! I am not aware of any such article. She wrote one piece where she blamed Modi for NDA's defeat and whitewashed Cong role in 1984 pogrom.  My views are different.

I have probably posted Madhu Kishwar's articles on UCC etc.

R. Saroja
Bombay, India
Apr 05, 2014
07:56 AM

 Just last year at the India Today conclave 2013, Modi was grilled by a roomful of journalists for one hour straight. At the end when they inevitably dredged up Godhera, he ingeniuosly referred them to his previous statements, but refused to give a new one, not even repeating what he has previously said. This means journalists cannot write this up as "news" and derail Modi from his message of development. It is quite obvious why Modi is not giving interviews. And smart too. It will take him all the way to the Prime Minister's Office while the neglected journalists continue to gnash thier teeth that they have been outsmarted. 

But for anyone who really does want to see difficult questions asked and valid answers given by Modi, just go see the India Today Conclave at 

New York, United States
Apr 04, 2014
03:10 PM


Quite right! Stupid and boring monologues indeed!

R V Subramanian
Gurgaon, India
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