Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, whose interview NDTV dropped alleging that his position on surgical strike compromises on national security, said that loyalty to the the country, loyalty to the truth, and loyalty to freedom of the media are of equal weight. In an exclusive interview to Indian Express, former home minister said he has asked NDTV to release the tape to him so that he could upload it in Youtube. But NDTV has not responded said Chidamabarm.
Chidambaram said he asked NDTV to elaborate which part of his interview contained remarks that risked national security and to explain which part of it was shred of drivel as the channel has explained the reason for censoring the interview. But Chidambaram said the channel has not responded to his query. Chidambaram in his Indian Express interview said that Burkha Dutt, consulting editor of NDTV, who interviewed him told that interview is scrapped despite her wish. He said the interview lasted for 15 minutes and were focused on two main points. First was whether the Congress party supported the army action and the second was whether the demand for evidence of action is justified. He said the Congress party supported the army action. Demand for releasing the evidence is not questioning the army action. According to him it is a suggestion to the government to call the bluff of Pakistan. Chidambaram said that there are many takers for Pakistan’s bluff.
That was suggestion to the government so that we can call the bluff of Pakistan. Pakistan’s bluff has some takers in various quarters. The New York Times, Washington Post, some section of the social media even that forgotten group called United Nations Observers GroupP Chidambaram, Congress leader
NDTV’s decision to drop the interview and their editorial stand on the telecast of issues related with national security have created controversy in the media circles. Soon after NDTV announced its decision to scrap the interview , BJP President Amit Shah in a press confernce praised national television channels for their coverage surgical strikes.