On 17 May, President of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi spoke to Editor-in-Chief Raghav Bahl and Editorial Director Sanjay Pugalia of The Quint.
In the interview, Rahul Gandhi spoke about his potential strategy to deal with the mandate after results, the Congress’ flagship NYAY scheme, who the prime minister will be in a Congress-led government, and his party’s outlook on foreign policy.
‘Respite from Run-Off-The-Mill Interviews’
Soon after the interview, reactions started pouring in from viewers and journalists. Praising the questions and setting of the interview, Rahul Fernandes says it was refreshing to watch an election interview without printed prompts but in the dust and grime of the May summer.
It’s refreshing to watch an election interview with smart questions (by @sanjaypugalia & @Raghav_Bahl) and thoughtful answers (by @RahulGandhi). Not in a cozy room with printed prompts, but in the dust and grime of the May summer. https://t.co/4tEKJPVbu1— Rahul Fernandes (@newspaperwallah) May 18, 2019
A respite from the run-off-the-mill interviews, writes Prashant Pratap Singh.
Great question on Economy, a respite from run-of-the-mill interviews!— Prashant Pratap Singh (@iPrashantSingh) May 17, 2019
Sharing his thoughts on the interview, Madhav Narayanan says that “a confident man recently trained to take on media grilling” is what we see in Rahul Gandhi’s answers.
Here is @RahulGandhi talking to @sanjaypugalia and @Raghav_Bahl on #LokSabhaElections2019 and beyond. What we see (1) A confident man recently trained to take on media grilling (2) A 'demosceptic' who puts patterns over initiatives (3) Seeking new ideashttps://t.co/M5kL2kZVtS— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) May 17, 2019
“One of the best questions from real journalists...” writes Manickam Tagore.
One of the best questions from real Journalists & answers from the real leader ??Kindly watch as a great finisher #RahulGandhi finish his interview schedule in his #Solan Rally background ?#Pressappearance https://t.co/CCStodggnv— manickam tagore.B/ மாணிக்கம்தாகூர்.ப (@manickamtagore) May 17, 2019
“Saw a truly unscripted interview,” writes Harish Iyer, adding that Rahul Gandhi is a welcome change in a world that is self-obsessed.
I saw a truly unscripted interview by @Raghav_Bahl , full marks to @RahulGandhi for taking questions head on and not shying away from tough questions. In a world that is self obsessed, Rahul is a welcome change.— harish iyer (@hiyer) May 18, 2019
‘Mature and Genuine Interview’
Twitter user @RuralIndia says that this is the best interview of Rahul Gandhi. “Doklam, AI, FoPo, economy he spoke clearly on all subjects,” @RuralIndia writes.
The best i-view of CP @RahulGandhi .— Farmer (@RURALINDIA) May 18, 2019
Doklam, AI, FoPo, economy he spoke clearly on all subjects.
Credit also to @sanjaypugalia & @Raghav_Bahl for not asking - Modi said this...that...Pragya...Rajiv ...Nehru etc.
Listen in folks.
Thank me later.
I thank @newspaperwallah https://t.co/1kO66jPXLY
Aakash Dutt Sharma writes that this “mature and genuine” interview is “worth your time.”
Anticipate 10 obvious questions and @Raghav_Bahl will ask an 11th one. That's how he is!!! What a mature and genuine interview. ? Worth your time! #LokSabhaElections2019#RahulGandhi@TheQuinthttps://t.co/ObbnQm9RJO pic.twitter.com/K907jo6SbU— Aakash Dutt Sharma (@TheDutt_) May 17, 2019
The Quint is out there interviewing Rahul Gandhi just as a politician should be interviewed, writes Mansura Sayed.
The Quint is out there interviewing Rahul Gandhi just as a politician should be interviewed. I hear no "Aap aam kaise khaate hai?"— Mansura Sayed (@MansuraSayed) May 18, 2019
By intellectuals to an intellectual that only intellectuals can understand. https://t.co/swo9jwVpu8
Rahul Gandhi’s interview on The Quint is worth watching, says Hadif Nisar, who also says that he is not a Congress fan.
Not a Congress fan, but to those who say @RahulGandhi is not a better replacement to Modi, have you people watched his recent interactions with media?— Hadif Nisar (@hadif_nisar) May 17, 2019
He's very articulate and sounds clear on what he says. His interview with @TheQuint is worth watching. https://t.co/vSQA37VDSh
Rahuls’s Office Never Asked for Questions: Raghav Bahl
Clarifying that Rahul Gandhi’s office never asked for a list of questions, The Quint’s Editor-in-Chief, Raghav Bahl, tweeted that this was “quite unusual in today’s choreographed propaganda times!” The team did not even “bat an eyelid” when they were told that the interview would be live.
For all doubters, I must clarify that @RahulGandhi office never asked for a list of questions. And when we sprung on them saying we shall go live, they did not bat an eyelid. Quite unusual in today’s choreographed propaganda times! https://t.co/fp1guAN9gF— Raghav Bahl (@Raghav_Bahl) May 17, 2019
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