This Article is From Sep 30, 2014

Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai Assaulted in New York

Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai Assaulted in New York

This video grab shows Rajdeep Sardesai being assaulted in New York

New York: Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai was heckled and then found himself in a brawl on Sunday near Madison Square Garden by a group gathered to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi, before the leader arrived at the venue to address Indian Americans.

Mr Sardesai tweeted, "Glad we caught the idiots on cam. Only way to shame the mob is to show them."

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: