India Today’s Rahul Kanwal, who faced incessant criticism for promoting Islamophobia during the first wave of the pandemic in the country, has become a butt of social media jokes after a photo of him interviewing UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya in saffron robe went viral.
In the viral photo, Kanwal was seen interviewing Maurya while wearing a saffron robe to match his guest’s attire. No sooner did the photo of Kanwal in a saffron robe appear, it left netizens in splits. While most Twitter users poked fun at the controversial TV anchor, some wondered if Raj Kundra was next in line to invite Kanwal in the wake of his alleged involvement in the porn film racket. There were some, who asked if Kanwal would shed all his clothes if his guest in the future was a ‘naga sadhu (naked monk).’
If to interview a man dressed like a monk, you have to attire like a monk, then please do not interview a porn star. pic.twitter.com/19n3dYRyj7
— Shyam Meera Singh (@ShyamMeeraSingh) September 22, 2021
After seeing this Raj Kundra has invited @rahulkanwal to take his Interview !!???????????????? pic.twitter.com/OERlyG1HHT
— Kill Bill Pandey (@Kill_BillPandey) September 22, 2021
Rahul Kanwal is dressed like a saint to interview a saint, maybe he is not growing his beard so that he does not have to interview Ambani's servant.
— LoHa MaN (@Ashique64210300) September 22, 2021
What you wearing says lots about your journalism… @rahulkanwal pic.twitter.com/BPGlRrfkDo
— Harish Srinivasa (@hawee72) September 22, 2021
Godi Media Dancer @rahulkanwal paying his last tributes to godi media@PadmraniK pic.twitter.com/raz2HbqZw8
— Citizen Kishan59 (@Kishan591) September 22, 2021
For those who thought #RahulKanwal has done something 'new/original'! Mane kah rahe hain… pic.twitter.com/VjR9GfRklD
— Mahtab महताब مہتاب (@MahtabNama) September 22, 2021
If you do the next interview of a Naga Sadhu, will you match the look @RahulKanwal ? pic.twitter.com/6Ejsntopl8
— ಮಂಜುನಾಥ್ ಜವರನಹಳ್ಳಿ (@manjujb1) September 22, 2021
Last year, Kanwal had faced widespread condemnation for his alleged hate speech amidst a global pandemic staring Indians in their face. While millions were forced to desperately save themselves from the human tragedy, Kanwal had chosen to shift his attention on poor madrasa students in Delhi, blaming them for the pandemic. This was in continuation to India’s pliable media’s coverage defaming Tablighi Jamaat, holding them responsible for the spread of the pandemic.
Several high courts in India later ruled that Tablighi Jamaat members had no role in spreading the virus. The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court, in particular, had dismissed the FIRs filed against the members of the Tablighi Jamaat. The Bench had also made scathing observations against the government as it said that a ‘political Government tries to find the scapegoat when there is pandemic or calamity and the circumstances show that there is probability that these foreigners were chosen to make them scapegoats.’