After the news of communication failure of Chandrayaan-2’s lander was announced by ISRO Chief K. Sivan from the mission control centre, a press conference was held.
In the press meet scientists junior in position to the chief assembled to talk on the system of failure.
A video captured a journalist’s voice aggressively asking a question, “Why has the chairman not come? Normally, when something goes wrong the chairman comes and announce all this. Why is the chairman not here? … Why is Dr. Sivan not here to face the press? ISRO tradition is when things go wrong the chairman comes, it’s not somebody junior.”
The video of this exchange went viral on Twitter, many right wing trolls targeted the journalist for his question.
If you want to see the pathetic state of Indian Journalism, watch how the journalist is shouting at an ISRO Scientist during such tension.
The Tone 😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/zT2IWesU77
— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) September 6, 2019
The journalist was Pallava Bagla, who reports for the NDTV.
Soon after the backlash he issued a public apology, saying he has personally apologized to the scientist.
Success and failure are a part and parcel of life, and it’s normal for emotions to run high no matter the result.
The unwelcoming result of Chandrayaan-2 has made us all stand in solidarity with scientists of ISRO today. The partial failure would’ve shocked the scientists more than any other citizen.
If one reads Pallava’s questions without a set agenda in their mind, you would see sense coming of it.
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam recalled one of his own failures and how his boss took it on himself. “When failure occurred, the leader of the organisation owned that failure. When success came, he gave it to his team,” Kalam said.
The question here is: if right wing affiliated trolls were targeting the journalist because of a valid question or because if he works for NDTV or simply diverting attention from the result?