This story on the Delhi education system is based on impartial, on-the-ground reporting.

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The New York Times claimed on Friday that its article on Delhi’s educational system was based on “objective and on-the-ground reporting,” dismissing the claim that it was paid news. The CBI conducted a raid on Manish Sisodia’s home in Delhi on Friday in connection with allegations of irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the AAP government’s excise policy, sparking a verbal battle between the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party. Sisodia also holds the portfolios of education and excise.

The AAP said that after The New York Times published a favourable article about the Delhi educational system and the BJP responded by claiming it was a “paid” article, the Narendra Modi government dispatched the CBI to Sisodia’s residence. When the NYT’s external communications director Nicole Tylor was asked for clarification, she responded in an email to PTI by saying, “Our piece about attempts to enhance Delhi’s school system is based on unbiased, on-the-ground reporting.” She claimed that The New York Times had long covered the topic of education. She continued, “Journalism from The New York Times is always impartial, devoid of political or commercial influence.

Tylor stated, “Other news outlets commonly licence and republish our work,” in response to the claim that the Khaleej Times had also published the identical item. The Aam Aadmi Party government oversaw a “broader transformation of Delhi’s education system,” according to The New York Times, which noted that “the overhaul of the public schools in the capital of India has students clamouring to enrol.” The article was published on August 18 on the front page of its international edition “. In addition to the article, the New York Times published a photo of Sisodia with three female pupils from government schools in Delhi, along with the statement, “The makeover was launched by Manish Sisodia, the education minister for Delhi, who made unannounced trips to several institutions.

Now other states in India are pushing to adopt the Delhi model.”

Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, tweeted in Hindi in response to the CBI raid, saying, “The day (sic) Delhi education model’s praise and Manish Sisodia’s photos were published on the front page of America’s largest (selling) newspaper NYT, Center dispatched the CBI to Manish’s apartment.” In response, the BJP called the NYT article featuring a photo of Sisodia “paid news” and charged that the Kejriwal administration was “wasting” taxpayer funds on the publicity. “How is it that New York Times and Khaleej Times carry exactly the same article, word for word, authored by the same person, same pictures (that too of a private school) on Delhi’s non-existent education model?” BJP asked. Amit Malviya, head of the BJP IT cell, tweeted a question. “Arvind Kejriwal’s best defence is nothing but paid promotion…,” he added.

Manoj Tiwari, a BJP member from North East Delhi, claimed that the AAP was “public funds are being wasted on propaganda. also caught it here. Word for word, the New York Times and Khaleej Times are written by the same author. AAP is spending the public’s money in Delhi by paying to promote its images, which is dishonest “In Hindi, Tiwari tweeted. In response to the accusations, the AAP stated, “The BJP’s assertion that the NYT story was a paid advertisement is both hilarious and foolish in the extreme. Any media professional can glance over a story and determine if it was paid for or not.”

In March of this year, the journalist who covered this event formally asked for an interview and pictures related to it. Being a long-form publication, they went through a month-long exercise with it, according to the AAP, which caused them to produce stories like that of a student named Pradeep Paswan. In relation to the Delhi Excise Policy, the CBI conducted raids at Manish Sisodia’s house and 20 other places on Friday. The agency asserted that Rs 1 crore had allegedly been paid to a company owned by a close friend of the AAP lawmaker.

Mayank Tewari

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