Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami was seething in anger on Thursday night after Union Minister Babul Supriyo alleged that he was held captive by a group of students at the Kolkata’s Jadavpur University. Not only did Goswami lash out at the students of Jadavpur University, but he also vented out his frustration at the Aligarh Muslim University and the JNU. The controversial anchor later lost his cool when one of his not-so-agreeable guests called for the freedom for Kashmiris.
Starting his programme, Goswami said, “Jadavpur University or Jawaharlal Nehru University or Aligarh Muslim University does not belong to anyone and certainly does not belong to any of its retired or existing students…Universities are not private properties. Student politics is legitimate. All student politics unless it’s against national interests is also legitimate.”
Goswami said that the students of the Jadavpur University must remember that ‘holding a union minister and a Governor hostage’ was a crime. Goswami also took a potshot at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by calling her ‘surrendering Mamata Banerjee.’ Mocking her recent meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, Goswami said, “..Because she’s surrendering more and more every day, who’s busy these days carrying bouquets in Delhi to people she wanted to arrest.”
Later in the programme, the scope of the debate moved to the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been under siege since 5 August. The Indian government had announced the abrogation of Article 370 on this day. Since that day, around 80 lakh people in the valley have been forced to live without any access to mobile phones or the internet. Shops have been closed due to curfew-like situation.
In response to a guest, who asked for azaadi for Kashmiris from the current situation, Goswami said, “What’s the obsession with the azaadi? Who are you trying to provoke? You want to provoke me?”
He concluded his show by repeating his warning to his guests to not repeat the term ‘freedom.’