Arnab Goswami, editor in chief of the Times Now television news channel in Mumbai, landed one of the biggest interviews in Indian journalism in recent years when he spoke with Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Party vice president.
Since he entered politics a decade ago, Mr. Gandhi, who is widely presumed to be his party’s choice for prime minister if Congress wins the national elections, had never given a TV interview. That Mr. Gandhi, 43, chose to sit down with Mr. Goswami, 40, one of the most aggressive interviewers in India, elevated the event to must-see TV on Monday night.
True to form, Mr. Goswami grilled Mr. Gandhi about his thoughts on Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, which Congress Party leaders have been accused of inciting, and the violence against Muslims in Mr. Modi’s state of Gujarat in 2002. During the interview and afterward, Twitter exploded with comments, ranging from serious to sarcastic, about Mr. Gandhi’s answers.
On Wednesday, Mr. Goswami spoke to India Ink by phone about how it felt to bag the elusive interview and the reasons behind his tough questions…read it at The New York Times.