He also said that, “A journalist can't do anything, as he is committed to the public cause. He is answerable to people, not to any government, not to any Shankaracharya, not to any Narendra Modi, Rahul gandhi or Arvind Kejriwal. He is answerable to the public and it is the people to decide, if anybody is misbehaving with the journalist. He can take a legal recourse, but it will be again an individual exercise and he has to do it in his individual capacity.”
Commenting on the entire issue CEO and Editor-in-Chief of a Hindi channel News Nation Shailesh Kumar said, “Although, the act of Shankaracharya was condemnable, but a journalist can't break the laws, he cannot not loose his temper. Journalist, media personnel and media house highlight and cover these people and help them achieve the kind of fame that they enjoy but then they go and do this. They should at least behave in an appropriate manner.”
Prabal Pratap Singh, Managing Editor of Live India News Channel feels that its a professional hazard.
Pankaj Chaudhury, a senior journalist at Headlines Today channel, said, “In the field of journalism, this is very common and a journalist should always be prepared to face such things. Its nothing unusual, its a part and parcel of the job.”