How often do you see Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami rattled on LIVE TV? The man known for always flying the flag for the divisive and venomous propaganda on his TV channel every night was seething on Monday after Air Vistara removed its tweet with the photo of its crew members and controversial former army Maj Gen GD Bakshi on Sunday. A visibly rattled Goswami launched a tirade against Janta Ka Reporter and its founder Rifat Jawaid during his debate on Monday night.
Goswami started his debate with his usual rant. He said, “Ladies and gentlemen, decorated Kargil war hero Major General GD Bakshi has tonight single-handedly exposed the true face of the pseudos in India.” He went on to claim that India had rejected ‘their intolerance’ to nationalism.
His channel then ran a package capturing the turn of events, blaming Rifat Jawaid as one of the persons responsible for Air Vistara to remove its controversial tweet. Goswami then launched a tirade against Janta Ka Reporter and its founder Rifat Jawaid. He said, “Those few little pseudos think that they can blackmail and be bullies. But nobody gives a damn about them…They are a club of some 300 people in India today who just keep retweeting each other….It’s so sad that some people who call themselves journalists say about General Bakshi.”
#IntolerantPseudos | Indian Airline Vistara deletes tweet 'honouring' war veteran Major General GD Bakshi after backlash from 'Liberals'
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Referring to Rifat’s viral tweet, Goswami said, “They say ‘he’s a bigot…’ There’s one particular journalist mentioned here who said, “I quite liked Vistara but their love for this bigot shows etc etc. They say Bakshi is anti-Muslim. I will not fly Vistara any more. These are people who put one article on GD Bakshi and Republic everyday in their pathetic website. The question is not in their infantile argument, the question is deeper.”
Following is the tweet that Rifat had posted on 21 April on Air Vistara’s tweet with Maj General Bakshi on 19 April.
I quite liked @airvistara but their love for this bigot shows that either they are ignorant or the airline condones Bakshi’s anti-Muslim stance. Will they honour Sadhvi Pragya next? No more flying with Vistara. @JantaKaReporter https://t.co/pLKNO9eNXl
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) April 21, 2019
Soon, it became a topic of intense social media conversations as several journalists, members of civil society and historians joined, forcing the airline to delete its tweet. This caused massive heartburn to the cheerleaders of the right-wing brigade, who had vowed to always fly Air Vistara to counter the threat to boycott the airline by liberals on social media.
Soon after the airline deleted the tweet, the same right-wing cheerleaders performed a U-turn and launched the #BoycottVistara campaign. This prompted Goswami to dedicate 37 minutes and 19 seconds of his air time to slam liberals by singling out Janta Ka Reporter and its founder Rifat Jawaid.
The question is Mr Goswami; if we are that insignificant then why devote nearly an hour on the impact of our editorial on your very significant TV channel. Contrary to Goswami’s claims that liberals hated a decorated army general, the criticism against Bakshi is not because of his association with the army but because of his rampant bigotry and venomous public speeches targeting one particular community. Rifat’s subsequent tweet had sought to highlight his association and respect for the armed forces.
Dear trolls. You cant come anywhere close to my respect for armed forces. Unlike you, I was all India best cadet, shortlisted for SSB and signed up to fight for India. Most of my pals are Lt Col and above in military. I don’t have to show my respect for army by supporting a bigot
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) April 21, 2019
One of the reasons why Arnab Goswami may have been rattled on Monday was because Janta Ka Reporter had called out his channel’s lies on the Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s response to the criminal contempt case filed in the Supreme Court by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. While Gandhi had merely express ‘regret’ for wrongly attributing Chowkidar Chor Hai jibe to the Supreme Court, his channel had claimed that the Congress president had apologies for using the slogan against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the ongoing controversy over the Rafale deal.
You can watch Arnab Goswami’s full debate here