To done away with the perception that the PM and his ministers distanced themselves from the media persons, several of them have started breaking this notion by interacting with media persons. PM Modi, recently, has expressed his unhappiness through his PMO over minister’s partial-failure in highlighting government’s initiatives in mass media. It appears that the Central government’s apprehensions about media and media men are over.
On January 01, Arun Jaitley invited media for lunch and interacted with them for hours at the venue. Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh has been the most frequent with media having had lunch and dinner for journalists for more than five occasions. Union Health Minister J P Nadda on January 7 visited the BJP HQ to make himself available for the media for over an hour for the interaction. On January 13, another Union minister Prakash Javdekar is expected to host a lunch for media. A union minister with a big portfolio complained to some journalists with a comment ‘yaar ab to aap log aatey hi nahi ho’.
Experts believe this initial hiccup for the government about media was natural especially for reasons that after Godhara incident a renowned newspaper had propounded the ‘action-reaction theory’ claiming it as a statement of Modi; an interview which, in fact, never took place.