Amish Devgan an anchor working for Mukesh Ambani-owned News18 India and CNBC Awaz TV has often been a subject of ridicule with his critics mockingly addressing him as ‘poor man’s Arnab Goswami’. Last week he fiercely defended a terror accused, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, after she hurled insults at India’s national hero and 26/11 martyr, Hemant Karkare. His critics had condemned him for siding with a terror accused with one user calling him ‘low-budget Hindi version of Arnab Goswami.’
Two days later, the TV anchor came under another round of attack from social media users, who slammed him for his glaring hypocrisy. This was after Devgan extended his support to the #BoycottVistara campaign by BJP’s IT Cell.
On 19 April, Vistara Airlines posted a photo of their air hostesses posing for the camera with a known bigot and hatemonger, Major General (retired) GD Bakshi, who was apparently traveling with them. The photo was first spotted by Janta Ka Reporter, which did a story capturing the angry responses to the airline company’s decision to honour a divisive former military officer.
The report by Janta Ka Reporter evoked huge outrage from journalists, activists and historians, who condemned the airline for honouring a person, who has seldom missed any opportunity to divide the society by constantly spewing venom. Faced with social media outrage, the airline later decided to delete the controversial photo of Maj Gen Bakshi.
Meanwhile, the company found support from the right-wing brigade, which pledged their lifelong support to the airline company.
However, the same group of right-wing individuals, who were pledging their lifelong support to Vistara all through the day, turned hostile in the evening after the airline company deleted the photo of Bakshi. Incensed over the decision, they launched a social media campaign using the hashtag #BoycottVistara. Also joining them was Devgan, who wrote, “#BoycottVistara shocked why they deleted picture of Gen Bakshi ? @airvistara not fair if you didn’t wanted to put you would have avoided . This is insult @GenBakshi.”
— Amish Devgan (@AMISHDEVGAN) April 21, 2019
Little did Devgan realise that his action will invite the wrath of fellow users of the microblogging site. While some taunted him to formally join the BJP, others highlighted his hypocrisy for extending support to Pragya Thakur only two days ago, when the terror accused had publicly humiliated the former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare. Karkare, a brave IPS officer, had died fighting a Pakistani terrorist on 26 November 2008 in Mumbai.
Here’s how social media users reacted;
आपके अंदर इतनी आग क्यूँ लग रही है। सही मायने में अगर दिल से एक बात बोलूँ तो आपको भाजपा के द्वारा कुछ विशेष सम्मान मिलना चाहिए। आप जैसा वफ़ादार तो @sudhirchaudhary भी नहीं है।
— Ayush Agrawal (@Agrawal__Ayush) April 21, 2019
अमीश देवगन जी आप वरिष्ठ पत्रकार हैं बीजेपी की चमचागिरी ज्यादा ना किया करें कांटे में तोल कर बात किया करें
— Jagdish (@Jagdish66178445) April 21, 2019
यहाँ पर सटाक से मुँह से निकला बायकाट कर दो विसतारा को और वहाँ शहीद हेमंत करकरे का अपमान और तालियाँ ये सब देखकर भी तेरे फूले हुए मुँह से बायकाट तक नही निकला।देश और जनता को और कब तक मूर्ख बनाओगे।
— One Nation One INDIA (@IND_columnist) April 21, 2019
अगर साधवी ने शहीद करकरे का अपमान किया तो इसको क्या कहेगे देश के लिए लड़ने वाले फौजी का अपमान नहीं है @airविस्तार आपको ऐसा नहीं करना चाहिए था कुछेक मुल्लो के दवाब में आपने अपने सब्द वापिस क्यों लिए कल मै भी बोल दूंगा आप ऐसा करिये नहीं तो मै vistara में सफर नही
— surender singh Sheoran (@sheoran09) April 21, 2019