It turned out to be a short-lived disaster. The Narendra Modi government had come up with a proposal that would have permanently rendered ineligible those journalists who are found peddling fake news.
Either because of the extreme potshots the move of the I&B Ministry generated or out of sheer concern for Freedom of Press, the Prime Minister earlier on Tuesday intervened and decided that the I&B Ministry's vague and controversial circular should be withdrawn.
Before Modi's intervention, the PM was the target of criticism of the media. And after his decision, Smriti Irani has been severely condemned.