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For Modi Fourth Estate is the Last Estate
June 02, 2015

As Narendra Modi celebrates his first year in office as prime minister, the man who held 'the second most important office in the country' at one time writes that the claim of the traditional media to be the Fourth Estate of democracy 'lies in tatters'. No prime minister since Indendence, writes Dilip Padgaonmar (in a blog in ToI on 23 May), has been as image conscious, and 'no one has shown such relentless contempt for them as he has.'
Modi did not hold press conferences as chief minister. He kept the English media out of bounds of the secretariat in Gandhinagar. He did not give interviews that would have involved supplementary questions. Journalists had to be content with using press releases prepared by Modi's self-effacing PRO, Jagdish Thakkar.
Modi has brought these atittudes to Delhi with him,says Padgaonkar. What has encouraged him is the string of electoral victories in Gujarat. The numerous public rallies during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and use of social media for 'direct, unfiltered, unidirectional and, not least, accessible to any owner of a mobile phone,' that resulted in the BJP's spectacular triumph, has further persuaded Modi to the redundancy of traditional media.
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NOTE:After Modi gave an interview to TIME on 8 May, he spoke to Jagran on 10 May. At the end of the month, he chatted with PTI and gave an interview to UNI on 1 June.  Of course, this may not suggest a change in Modi's attitude. 

(Photo courtesy rediff.com)

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