Arnab Goswami of Republic TV has been missing in action on TV debates since the beginning of last week with his 9 pm TV debate being presented by two female anchors. Several major news breaks have dominated the media coverage while Goswami has been away.
Notable among them have been India’s diplomatic win at the International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jadhav, who’s currently on death row in Pakistan, ravaging floods in Goswami’s home state of Assam, the ongoing Karnataka political crisis and politicians’ insensitivity in the face of alarming flood situation of Bihar.
With this in mind, his fans have taken to social media inquiring about his prolonged absence. Some felt that Goswami was needed to front his prime time debate to teach Pakistan a lesson, while others questioned why he had disappeared just when he needed to ensure better coverage on Assam floods.
One angry Assamese social media user wrote, “Where is Arnab Goswami now?? The ‘son of the soil’of Assam, spare a little of your precious time if not for anything else for the sake of TRP! At the moment they have no time discussing about Assam flood. We too are a part of India! Incredible India.” Another user borrowed a famous line from Goswami and asked, “Nation wants to know. Where’s Arnab Goswami?”
Where’s Arnab Goswami ? He’s missing out on the big story …and on his favourite Pak bashing ! #ICJverdict
— rexrao52?? (@rexrao52) July 17, 2019
where’s Arnab . Not seen him at 9 pm last several days . Missing him .
— Foodie (@FoodieBbrown701) July 19, 2019
Where is Arnab Goswami now?? The ‘son of the soil’of Assam, spare a little of your precious time if not for anything else for the sake of TRP! At the moment they have no time discussing about Assam flood. We too are a part of India! Incredible India! ? #AssamFlood #HelpNortheast pic.twitter.com/jkdV1UcgvQ
— Pooja Bharali (@PooBharali) July 16, 2019
— Srishti Kaul (@mysticsrishti) July 17, 2019
Where are you Arnab Goswami ? We are missing you !!
— Kusum Lata Sharma (@klsharma01feb) July 17, 2019
— Roy (@Roy59852681) July 18, 2019
— Mayank Tiwari (@mayankT39849842) July 19, 2019
Even in his absence, Goswami’s channel has been seen putting Bihar’s deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi in the dock by questioning his decision to watch Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 while nearly 70 people lost their lives in floods. An angry Modi had launched a counter-attack against Republic TV without naming the channel on Friday.
It remains to be seen how Goswami returns to his Pakistan-bashing on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s topic and whether Sushil Modi will face the music from the controversial anchor after his return.