Top UpA min­is­ter hAd grAbbed A womAn tv re­porter

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

While pres­sure mounted on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to re­move Union Min­is­ter of State for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs and for­mer ed­i­tor M.J. Ak­bar from the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, not many are aware of an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a top min­is­ter dur­ing the UPA regime. He was lucky as the #MeToo move­ment had not started then. It hap­pened on the night of the 26/11 Mum­bai ter­ror at­tacks. When the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal of the coun­try was burn­ing, a young woman re­porter of a ma­jor tele­vi­sion chan­nel reached the min­is­ter’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence in the Lu­tyens Bun­ga­low Zone to in­ter­view him. A large crowd of TV crews and print jour­nal­ists was al­ready there. When she an­nounced her TV chan­nel’s name, a per­sonal staff mem­ber of the Min­is­ter im­me­di­ately ush­ered her in­side the res­i­dence to the sur­prise of other jour­nal­ists. Her cam­era team was, how­ever, not al­lowed en­try. She was taken to the ante room and told that the “Sa­heb” would be there shortly. Ex­cited, she sent an SMS to her boss that she was soon get­ting the Min­is­ter’s sound-bite. The TV chan­nel’s main stu­dio was put on alert, hop­ing that the Min­is­ter might give ex­clu­sive in­for­ma­tion for “break­ing news” that “the na­tion wants to know”.

As the jour­nal­ist in her mid-30s was in­ter­act­ing with her stu­dio, she sud­denly jumped as some­one grabbed her from be­hind. She turned and saw that it was the Min­is­ter. “What are you do­ing?” she shouted. The Min­is­ter also shouted back, “Who are you? What are you do­ing here? Get out?”

Trem­bling, the poor girl walked out. It was clear that the Min­is­ter was “ex­pect­ing” some other woman jour­nal­ist. See­ing her com­ing out so fast, other jour­nal­ists no­ticed her be­ing up­set and in­quired what had hap­pened.

An­gry, she went to a cor­ner and tweeted the en­tire in­ci­dent that had shaken her to the core. Within 15 min­utes, her boss, who, at the time was in Lon­don, was talk­ing to her, ask­ing her to delete her tweet. She re­fused.

By now alarmed over her tweet, the Min­is­ter had ob­vi­ously spo­ken to her bossy boss. The Min­is­ter also re­port­edly tele­phoned the own­ers

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