By Rayees Masroor
Dear Arnab Goswami,
I have been watching you and your debates since long. In fact, many years ago I used to feel good watching some of your debates though you always loved to hear your voice more than any panelists on your debate. Many people have given you the title as a ‘noisy man’. You have the habit of heckling whosoever comes your way but many people including me used to respect you for being straightforward and blunt. People appreciated you for highlighting many scams of the Congress led UPA government. What happened after Congress was ousted from the power is that Arnab Goswami also changed, even you changed your channel, your style of debate and your language. It seems like the fundamental ethics of journalism has changed, at least for you.
You have always claimed to be a nationalist and, honestly speaking, on many issues, you took the nationalist position. However, people have always found you biased especially when there was a debate over Pakistan, Kashmir, Rahul Gandhi, Kejriwal, Lalu Prasad and Mamta benerjee. Mr Arnab, since the BJP came into power you never had the guts and courage to debate with the same intensity and vigour as before. You could never ask any questions to Mr. Modi or his government as you often used to do during the previous regime. The nation wants to know why your brand of journalism changed. Mr Arnab, since the launch of your own venture, Republic TV, you have stooped even lower. Mr Arnab Goswami the nation already knows that Rajeev Chandershekhar, a Rajya Sabha M. P, who has funded the Republic TV, is the vice chairman of the BJP led coalition in the National Democratic Alliance in its Kerala wing and as such is clearly affiliated with the BJP.
Doesn›t it clearly reflect that you are an opportunist and not a nationalist? The nation wants to know why you sold yourself to BJP and why you are still masquerading to be an independent journalist? We know very well that you are seriously prejudiced and biased when it comes to Kashmir: i have never seen you debating any case of custodial killing, pellet spree or extra judicial murders. Don’t you feel ashamed as a journalist that you never had the guts to discuss the mass rape of Kunan Poshpora in Kupwara or the rape and murder of Asiya and Neelofar in Shopian. Sorry to say but you turned out to be a hypocrite and you let me down.
Why I am writing this letter is because a couple of days ago you shouted , as always, on your channel and warned that we have killed 95 Kashmiris since Burhan Wani encounter and we will kill more till it’s needed! I could never have imagined that you could stoop so low as a journalist. One more interesting feature of your debates is that you always bring only specific people like GD Bakhshi, Major Arya who is surprisingly your channel advisor, RSN Singh, Ashok Pandit, Sushil Pandit and so on. You give the feeling like there are no better and sensible security and political experts in the 125 crore Indian population. Mr. Arnab, let me honestly tell you that people have now fully understood that your debates are scripted, motivated and have no value except for entertainment.
Do you think people don’t understand that there are much more intelligent and sane people than RSN Singh and Bakshi? What about the ‘Lal gaal journalism’ introduced by your channel and your advisor Gaurav Arya? Mr. Arnab, the nation wants to know from you and your associates like Gaurav Arya , why don’t you have the guts and courage to respond to China and ask the government on the issue of Chinese aggression? China has been threatening, humiliating and abusing India as never before in the recent past but you are mum. Again, sorry to say, but you are turning out to be a coward .People have now understood that you debate with Pakistan only to abuse the panelists from across the border by people like General Bakshi and Colonel RSN Singh and also get your country abused by hard hitting panelists like Syed Tariq Peerzada only to spread the sensationalism and keep people interested . If you advocate boycotting all ties with Pakistan including the cricket even in the ICC tournaments then why you give your prime time to Pakistani experts and get your country bashed. Aren’t you exposing yourself and turning out to be a pseudo nationalist?
Mr.Arnab, the nation wants to know that if you are a man of integrity then why on 12 May 2017, hardly after a week of launch of the Republic TV , the news broadcasters association(NBA) lodged a complaint with the Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) accusing your channel of using unethical tactics to claim a higher viewership? After this, on 17 May 2017,Bennet Coleman and Co. Ltd., BCCL lodged a complaint against you under IPC and IT Act 2000 for the copyright infringement. This clearly showed your true colors and nation came to know that Arnab Goswami can do anything for making money even at the cost of his nation. The worrying part of the story is that people like Rahul [email protected] Today, Gaurav Sawant, people at Times Now and NewsX have started copying your brand of yellow journalism and sensationalism which is seriously affecting the discourse in the TV debates in India. People like Karan Thapar are hardly any relevant in this era of jingoism, tabloid news and Media terror. Mr. Arnab, the nation seriously wants you to introspect, retrospect and try to redeem yourself as a prospect by giving up greed and ego. People are watching you!
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