Times Now’s Navika Kumar issues public apology for using unparliamentary word against Rahul Gandhi as ‘kachra’ jibe by Arnab Goswami dominates social media conversations

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Times Now’s Navika Kumar has sensationally issued a public apology after she used an objectionable work for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a LIVE TV broadcast on her TV channel. Her apology came amidst widespread condemnation for the controversial Times Now representative from her detractors with many repeating the ‘kachra’ jibe once used by Arnab Goswami for his former colleague.

Times Now's Navika Kumar

Navika had used the word ‘bloody’ in disgust for Rahul Gandhi while broadcasting a programme on the unfolding situation in Punjab. The use of an objectionable term for Gandhi evoked angry reactions from Congress supporters, who demanded an apology from the Times Now executive.

Navika later took to Twitter to apologise for the ‘lapse in the flow of conversation.’ She wrote, “The momentary lapse in the flow of conversation in using an unparliamentary word on air was in the context of describing the political situation in Punjab which Shri Rahul Gandhi thought had been addressed before he took a break but persisted ironically at the time of his return. The context was certainly not to describe any person as is being misquoted. As can be seen in the clip, it was unintentional and immediately retracted. Sincere apology for the lapse.”

Navika, however, continued to earn netizens’ ire even after issuing a public apology with many reminding how her former boss, Arnab Goswami, had used ‘kachra (rubbish)’ jibe for her in the past.


the use of an unparliamentary word for Rahul Gandhi by Navika came during a programme to discuss the fallout of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation as Punjab Congress President. Rahul Gandhi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were reportedly in Shimla when the party’s Punjab unit was hit by a new crisis in Punjab.

Though the Congress has officially boycotted Times Now, many senior leaders such as Salman Khurshid and Jairam Ramesh have appeared on Navika’s show, Frankly Speaking’ in the recent past.