1. Presstitutes remark: PM Narendra Modi ‘salutes’ VK Singh, slams media for ignoring ‘good work’

Presstitutes remark: PM Narendra Modi ‘salutes’ VK Singh, slams media for ignoring ‘good work’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all praise for Gen (retd) VK Singh, who has faced attack from a section of the media over his "presstitutes" remark, as he hit out at the media...

By: | New Delhi | Published: April 19, 2015 10:07 PM
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PM Narendra Modi was critical of the media for ignoring V K Singh’s work at a time when newspapers worldwide highlighted the Indian rescue mission. (Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all praise for Gen (retd) VK Singh, who has faced attack from a section of the media over his “presstitutes” remark, as he hit out at the media for not highlighting the “good works” of his government.

“I salute Gen (retd) VK Singh,” Modi said as he hailed the “unprecedented” rescue mission led by the minister for evacuating Indians out of Yemen. The Prime Minister also heaped praise on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her work.

Modi was critical of the media for ignoring Singh’s work at a time when newspapers worldwide highlighted the Indian rescue mission.

He said that the Indian media took note of it, but due to other reasons — a reference to the criticism of Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs, for his use of the term “presstitutes”.

“Can you imagine? Bombardment is going on in Yemen 24 hours and everybody is out to kill each other and we, after talking to so many countries, manage to stop this for two hours to evacuate as many Indians as possible. It is not a small incident.

“I believe this is the first time in the world that a government minister has stood on the battlefield like a soldier to do this work… I salute General VK Singh,” he said at a meeting of BJP MPs here.

Taking a dig at Indian media, Modi said, “Look at TV channels and newspapers the world over, they are talking about how India has conducted the operation from the forefront. Indian newspapers spoke about it in the end and that too due to some other reason.”

Modi also lauded Swaraj, saying that the External Affairs Ministry had never before worked like it was doing under her.

“If somebody (in distress) tweets to her at 1 am in night, she replies by 1.10 am. The embassy concerned is alerted… Has anybody ever seen India’s External Affairs Ministry work like this?” he asked.

Lamenting the lack of what he described was an “echo- effect” of the good works of his government, he said that if BJP was “naturally attached to power” then the party would have organised a grand show to felicitate Singh and Swaraj.

“I will request it now,” he said, adding, “Thousands of people who have come back safe will always have respect for you. Whether media shows your photographs or not, you have made your place in people’s hearts.”

Thanking Modi for his praise, Singh said in a tweet, “Thank you @narendramodi ji for the kind words of appreciation, none of this would have been possible without your able leadership and guidance.”

Using the opportunity to drive home his government’s pro- poor credentials, Modi said that most of those evacuated by it in foreign countries were poor people who had gone there in search of better livelihoods.

Earlier, in an interview to PTI, Singh had alleged that an “insidious campaign” was being run against him by a section of media at the behest of arms lobby that is “working overtime” to subdue him and he has briefed the Prime Minister about it.

Under fire for using the word “presstitutes” for the media, Singh had also offered his apologies to journalists barring a small section of media persons, who were carrying out a “motivated campaign” against him.

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    ProDelopment
    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm
    This article clearly shows that the writer is #pressute. If someone reads the le of this article it gives a impression that Modiji saluted VK Singh for calling media a pressute. In actual Modiji praised VK Singh for doing a brave act of rescuing people.
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    1. Saumen Sengupta
      Apr 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm
      How many Muslims were saved by Narendra Modi in 2002 riots when some of them called him over the phone to save their lives? Nada! Zilch! A great zero! What other accomplishments of Modi or Modi's government as promised prior to election stand out with positive scores? Nada one more time! Should we need media to sing government's songs? Absolutely not! Let them be true critique to guide the government and the country away from disastrous policies. Only then a democracy has a chance to blossom!
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