It is a striking illustration of all the government intolerance, censorship, intimidation, even Emergency-like situation that was going on then -- not to mention massive corruption scandals like 2G and public outrage over them.
One is absolutely struck by the likeness that the issues raised by the interviewer, Madhu Trehan of News Laundry, bear to the issues that are being raised now in the Narendra Modi era in order to build the false narrative that Modi's rule has pushed India into an abyss of barbarism and totalitarianism.
Trehan talks about cartoonist Aseem Trivedi's arrest, Kapil Sibal's crackdown on social media, censorship (including of Jagannathan's article on Chidambaram), journalist Kanchan Gupta's having been summoned by a high-level government panel for answering questions on something he published, and such other issues and idiocies and ineptitude of the government led by Manmohan Singh.
Trehan even wonders if an Emergency like situation is upon us because of all the imperious and repressive measures taken by the UPA-II government.
So this interview brings before one's eyes the frightful scenario that prevailed in the year 2012 without a large section of the Media and 'Award Wapsi'/'Not in My Name' gang hollering that an undeclared Emergency was upon us as they have been doing ever since Narendra Modi has become the prime minister.
Watch the interview to understand what a massive fraud this section of the Media and 'Award Wapsi' gang have been perpetrating on the people!
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