Ever since Arnab Goswami launched his new TV channel with the help of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, he continued to face criticism of being the mouthpiece of the ruling saffron party. His critics often ridiculed him for causing disrepute to the profession of journalism. Unperturbed by the criticism, Goswami has continued to fly the flag for the Hindutva forces. Many even accused him of being responsible for playing his role in converting India into an unlivable place.
Far from expressing his remorse or doing course correction, Arnab Goswami recently made an extraordinary confession on LIVE TV that he was indeed a biased TV anchor. He, however, camouflaged his biases, behind the facade of nationalism.
Moderating a debate on the so-called Tukde Tukde Gang, 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 also 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.