Five Indian public figures who have dramatically terminated interviews

24 July 2014

Public figures are generally practiced in the art of giving interviews. When they face difficult questions, they know how to dodge them, be vague or just talk in circles endlessly. (Some just ensure that they don’t have to deal with such questions, by allowing only sympathetic interviewers to meet them.)

Occasionally, however, things get too uncomfortable, as they did on Monday with the former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju, who walked out of an interview on NDTV. Running away may protect an interviewee from a difficult question, but it leaves him or her looking shifty and suspicious. Though the resulting situation is usually awkward, it makes for great television, and journalists generally consider a political interview a success if the subject feels so pressured that he or she flees.

Here are five interviewees who couldn’t take the heat.