A representative working for ABP News is facing widespread ridicule after he was seen glorifying a controversial Hindu godman, Dhirendra Shastri on his TV channel. Gyanendra Tiwari, who works for ABP News, is also being accused of promoting superstition even as his colleagues from the TV channel have out in the open to support his action.
This was after a video of Tiwari, an alleged journalist, with Shastri went viral on social media platforms. In the viral video, Tiwari was seen present at the premises of Shastri along with representatives of other Indian TV channels. Shastri announced from the stage, “Among you journalists, the one whose uncle’s name is Bhrigunath Tiwari can come out.”
This prompted ABP News representative to walk toward the stage where the controversial godman was seated. Tiwari respectfully bowed before the controversial godman and sat at his feet.
The godman asked, “Is your uncle Bhrigunath Tiwari?” The Tiwari replied in awe, “Yes, my uncle’s name is Bhrigunath Tiwari and he lives in Bhopal. Right now he is in Mathura.”
“So, is your brother’s name Raghvendra Tiwari?” the godman asked as he raised his voice.
Tiwari replied, “yes guruji.” He didn’t stop here as he told the crowd, “As a journalist, I am saying this, ‘Acharya Dhirendra Shastri ki jai’.”
The godman asked Tiwari if his brother had constructed a new house. The ABP News representative said that his brother had indeed got a new house only two days ago.
“Is your niece’s name Abhishi?” the godman asked. Tiwari said, “yes guruji.”
The godman then told journalists to never call him the promoter of superstition else he will expose everyone.
The development prompted netizens to mock Tiwari for bringing disrepute to the profession of journalism. Eagle-eyed among them were quick to highlight how information ‘revealed’ by the controversial Hidnu godman was publicly available on the Facebook page of Tiwari.
क्रांतिकारी पत्रकार साहब,किसी विपक्षी नेता के सामने पूरी जान लगाकर बात करते हैं,किसान नेता को हड़का देते हैं और जब बाबा के सामने आते हैं तो पहले बाबा के चरण छूते हैं फिर चरणों में ही बैठ जाते हैं। बाब जी से अच्छी पत्रकारिता के लिए एक मंत्र लिख कर लेते हैं बिल्कुल एक भक्त की तरह pic.twitter.com/dsEM2WYRsG
— Saurabh (@sauravyadav1133) January 20, 2023
ये बागेश्वरधाम के धीरेंद्र शास्त्री है। चरणों में नीचे बैठे @ABPNews के पत्रकार ज्ञानेंद्र तिवारी है। पत्रकार को उत्सुकता थी कि वह चमत्कार देखें। लेकिन पत्रकार महोदय को बताई गई सारी डिटेल धीरेंद्र ने पहले से ही उनके फेसबुक पर चेक कर ली थी। आपको क्या लगा हम एक्सपोज नहीं करेगें? pic.twitter.com/cf8uv94QwP
— Tribal Army (@TribalArmy) January 21, 2023
बागेश्वर धाम वाले ढोंगी के समर्थन में @ABPNews ने जिस तरह से एजेंडा चलाया है वो पत्रकारिता के नाम पर कलंक है। ABP वालों को शर्म आती है या नहीं?
— Sumit Chauhan (@Sumitchauhaan) January 20, 2023
अंधविश्वास फैलाने की लाख कोशिशें कर लो,सभ्य समाज का एक एक व्यक्ति इस ढोंगी को बे-नक़ाब कर के रहेगा।
— Avishek Goyal (@AG_knocks) January 20, 2023
Meanwhile, Tiwari has defended his action as his ABP News colleagues called him a messiah of bold journalism. Among those extending support to Tiwari are also BJP leaders.