Media, the fourth pillar of democracy, is responsible to uphold the democracy everytime it shows signs of crumbling. It is the media's job to hold the government accountable and become the representative of citizens.
Taking one such bold stand, regional newspaper of Gujarat, Gujarat Samachar criticised the government over the construction of the Central Vista during the second wave of COVID-19.
Along with the pictures from the site of Central Vista's construction, the headline of Gujarat Samachar reads, "Prime Minister is busy in Rs 22,000 crore Central Vista project." The sub-headline reads, "While countrymen are swinging between life and death amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the public servant is becoming a dictator ."
The following article says, "Just like when the Rome burnt, Nero played fiddle, the Prime Minister is behaving similarly; amidst Coronavirus, the fakir is building a lavish house worth thousands of Crores for himself."
The redevelopment project of the Central Vista envisages a new triangular Parliament building, a common Central Secretariat and the revamping of the three-km-long Rajpath from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate and new residences for the Prime Minister and the Vice-President.
The construction of Central Vista has amassed strong condemnation across India as the country continues to struggle economically during the pandemic. Today, Gujarat Samachar's front page further made the news viral fuelling further conversation on the topic. Many are praising the newspaper for 'speaking the truth fearlessly'.
Here's what people are saying on Twitter. Have a look.