The exchange of open letters between senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seems to be drawing more interest on social media than any other political debate. In a reply to Fadnavis’ letter, slamming his ‘biased’ views, Sardesai took to Facebook to thank the former for creating space for a public debate and also defended his stance.
On his criticism over meat ban, Sardesai clarified, “Thousands of people associated with the cattle trade have overnight been rendered unemployed. They are all citizens of this country, many of whom voted for you in the last election. I haven’t heard a word of empathy for their plight ( a number of them belong to the minority community but let’s not go down there for now). Should I not ask as a journalist what useful public purpose has been served by this ban? Or does asking questions make me agenda driven?”