Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami has finally confessed on LIVE TV that he is not neutral. Moderating a TV debate on his channel with a hashtag #CrushTukdeTukdeGang, Goswami said that a journalist could never be neutral.
Arnab Goswami said, “A journalist is not supposed to be neutral. I will not be neutral when it comes to national interests. And I am saying this to all the people who are constantly asking me or (retired army officer) GD Bakshi or Gaurav Arya to be neutral. Will we be neutral. We will not be neutral.”
Goswami, who founded his Republic TV with the help of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar in 2017 told his detractors to not teach him a lesson on neutrality.
Goswami then borrowed a term, which gained popularity among India’s underworld circle, and told a woman pannelist on his show, “We are going to take decisive military action against India’s enemies. Khatam, khatam, khatam (Finish). That’s what we are going to do. Khallas (finished). We are going to slap you with sedition, khallas. End of the story. Your voice will be countered with truth. No more with Shehla Rashid, Kanhaiya Kumar lie… You are going to be marginalised. I am declaring my intention.”
Goswami said that he loved his TV debates because it allowed him to ‘hit hard’ the ‘Tukde Tukde Gang.’
Goswami also showered praises on Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief Mahmood Madni, who’s now become one of the greatest allies of the RSS and supporter of the BJP government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and implement NRC in a bid to declare Muslims illegal residents of India.
Goswami said that Madni’s decision to support the BJP had alienated liberal intellectuals such as author Arundhati Roy and lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
You can watch the Republic TV’s debate in question here.