NEWS DESK: Former US President Barack Obama shot down an Indian journalist’s question at the Town Hall organised by the Obama Foundation in Delhi for about 300 young leaders in India. Why? Because she was a journalist. Later, the journalist, Nidhi Razdan, expressed her disappointment over Obama’s refusal to even hear her question in tweets and...
I wanted to ask @BarackObama a question at his Townhall today where I was invited by the @ObamaFoundation as a guest, not as a reporter. He told me I can’t ask a question because I’m a journalist. Disagree with that basic premise, especially since I was invited by the Foundation— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) December 1, 2017
My question was: with the rise of the right around the world, haven’t liberals been living in echo chambers and what is it that we can all do to meaningfully engage with each other and try to understand the rise of someone like Donald Trump.— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) December 1, 2017
I introduced myself because we were all told to introduce ourselves and say where we worked. And why should I hide it anyway? I was invited as a young leader/achiever. I have nothing to be ashamed of— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) December 1, 2017
Then, she penned a blog that was published on her channel's website. "I was lucky enough to be invited and for once, put my journalist's hat away and went to listen instead," she wrote.She further wrote that she "was lucky enough in a huge roomful of people, who all had their hands raised, to have the President call on me for a question. But the moment he heard that I was a reporter by profession, he said he would take a question from someone else since I "always had the chance to ask questions and the others did not!" Needless to say, it was disappointing, I wasn't there on assignment but invited by his Foundation."
And by the way Satish, he didn’t even know the question. So he shot it down before I even asked. If my profession is a disqualification , then the @ObamaFoundation shouldn’t have invited me at all— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) December 1, 2017