How A Senior Journalist Called Out A Political Blog’s Co-Founder To His Employer

If you check out the bio sections on Twitter profiles, most of them bear the “views are personal” disclaimer. In fact, one of the reasons why Twitter is such a successful platform is because it lets people maintain separate identities which are different from their public personas.

Such was the case when a Twitter influencer,  @Bhak_sala, who also runs an alternative political website OpIndia, expressed his opinions on a political event. And things went haywire from there.

It all started when Swati Chaturvedi, a journalist with DailyO, wrote a piece in which she supposedly targeted the RSS. OpIndia, which is an openly right-wing site that seeks to expose the lies and manipulation in mainstream media, wrote a counter piece exposing the fallacies of the article. 

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The piece went viral, and rattled by by her journalistic abilities being questioned, Chaturvedi launched into a tirade against OpIndia.

She made a personal attack against OpIndia founder Rahul Raj, calling his job at  Novartis “mediocre.” 

She didn’t stop there. She even tagged Raj’s employer, Novartis, drawing their attention to the side project of their employee.

Twitter didn’t take too kindly to dragging an employer into a political debate.


While most of the sentiment seemed against Chaturvedi, some of her supporters did have her back.

Not quite backing off, Chaturvedi continued to defend her action.

And Rahul Raj, for his part, seems to be taking the situation well.

This whole incident bring up an interesting question – can an employer take action if they don’t agree with the tweets of an employee? For the most part, tweets are personal expressions, but can have ramifications in the workplace – stories abound of employees having lost their jobs because of racist and inappropriate tweets on twitter.

But proactively bringing in employers isn’t good form. Twitter is a great medium to exchange ideas because it lets people attack ideas, not people. If Swati Chaturvedi wanted to get back at bhak_sala, she could’ve written a blog rebutting his opinion. To tag his employer is taking the easy way out.

And ordinary people with jobs is what makes Twitter the great medium it is. For too long, journalists have held sway over what information can be transmitted and consumed. Twitter and other online sites allow the common man to voice his opinion, and question journalists and those with power. And throttling them from doing so by threats of calling out their employers goes against some of the basic tenets of a free and open internet.

Not cricket, Ms. Chaturvedi.