Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's dialogue with industrialist Rajiv Bajaj on the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis was aired on Thursday; this is the latest in the series of deliberations the former Congress chief is having with experts from various fields on the impact of the pandemic.
During the interview, Bajaj said that the Indian government had imposed a 'Draconian' lockdown to curb coronavirus but that it was "porous" and ended up damaging the economy. According to Bajaj, the coronavirus lockdown had flattened the wrong curve, that is GDP, and hadn't really been successful in containing the virus.
Please watch Rajiv Bajaj in conversation with Rahul Gandhi. Even if you are non-political or a supporter of BJP,you need to hear what Rajiv Bajaj has to say. Please don’t stop with listening to Rajiv Bajaj.After that,please find your own voice and speak.https://t.co/YC4xHdHw3e — P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) June 4, 2020
This is not the first interview that Gandhi has been a part of. Earlier in May, Gandhi had interacted with economists Raghuram Rajan and Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee about the impact of lockdown as well. The interviews are aired on the Congress party's social media platforms. But what the internet cannot fathom is this - is Rahul Gandhi considering a change in his career path? Is he planning to become a journalist? Why is the leader of the Opposition taking part in interviews?
A politician conducting interviews with industrialists and Nobel Laureates is rare, and the Internet has plenty to say about it. For some, this is a waste of valuable time which could be better utilised in helping the people of the country. For others, this is an opportunity to take a dig at the national media; in their opinion, if media organisations are lagging behind in terms of reporting on difficult issues, then politicians have to step in.
I am glad @RahulGandhi is interviewing people the way he is! Journalists commenting he should focus on votes, maybe learn a thing or two about how journalism is supposed to work from him first!! Indian media se journalism nahin ho pa raha, politics sikhana chahrahe hain! :/ — Shivam Shankar Singh (@ShivamShankarS) June 4, 2020
Wonder if @RahulGandhi is looking at career change. Is he auditioning to be an Anchor, chatting up well known faces? Or is he trying to show he has an open mind? But after 11 yrs in parliament this appears an amateurish & lazy arm-chair politics. — K. C. Singh (@ambkcsingh) June 4, 2020
While many wondered whether Rahul is now a politician or journalist, many also came to his defence.
Mr @RahulGandhi is doing what a sensible leader of any big country & economy will do - brainstorm & listen to experts, develop ideas & solutions to floundering economy, disastrous Governance & then present these to people instead of I, Me, Myself maglomania or divisive agendas. https://t.co/iOE2C5N4HO — Amit Mehra (@amitmehra) June 4, 2020
Some people are saying that rather than appearing as interviewer @RahulGandhi ji should focus on election and votes as this is what politics is abt. Just 4d sake of clarification..Politics is also about bringing in perspectives which is 'deliberately masked'. — Manoj Kumar Jha (@manojkjhadu) June 4, 2020
The coincidences in names were, of course, not missed by Twitterati. And everyone basically tweeted the same joke.
Rajiv Bajaj discussion with Rahul Gandhi. Fun fact is that Rajiv is the Son of Rahul and Rahul is Son of Rajiv — Joy (@Joydas) June 4, 2020
Interesting that Rahul Gandhi is meeting Rajiv Bajaj. Interesting because Rahul's father is a Rajiv, and Rajiv's father is a Rahul. — Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) June 4, 2020