Mr Sardesai tweeted, "Glad we caught the idiots on cam. Only way to shame the mob is to show them."
- Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 28, 2014
Great crowd at Modison square garden! except a few idiots who still believe abuse is a way of proving their machismo! #ModiAtMadison- Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 28, 2014
Many others tweeted in support of Mr Sardesai. Since then, critics of Mr Sardesai have claimed online that it was he who instigated the violence. They have also posted videos in support of their claim.
Reporting on the online conflict over the different version, a story in the New York Times writes of Sunday's brawl, "Within minutes, after a crowd of Modi supporters had turned on him - apparently because of his failure to share their enthusiasm for Mr Modi - Mr Sardesai found himself in a strange clash of his own, exchanging pushes, insults and misdirected slaps with a man who had harassed him during his live report. (Read the full story here)
After the videos posted by his critics, Mr Sardesai tweeted:
First, Kick and abuse while I am on cam asking questions, then release video selectively. Rule of the mob.mdash; Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 29, 2014