Story – When Journalist Dileep Padgaonkar stunned Indira Gandhi with his question on “Emergency”

My last memory of the emergency was a meeting that Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister, had convened at her residence. Many journalists asked Mrs. Gandhi several questions regarding the emergency, I kept absolutely quite. When Mrs. Gandhi asked me “Why are you silent?”, I said “Madam, I am silent simply because you have enforced press censorship and you have therefore not revealed the correct report of what is happening on ground.” She said, to the astonishment of a lot of people, “You are right. People now tell me what they think I need to hear and not what I would like to hear and I am very glad that you asked me the question.”

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