Arnab Goswani of Times Now on the Kargil Diwas broke all rules by calling all those who wrote in support of Kashmiris as anti -Indian and hence, he said, they must be sent for trial in courts, His indication was to the journalists, especially his arch rival Barkha Dutt on NDTV who during her reporting of Kashmiri issue chose to look at all aspects responsible for the conflict, unlike the former who sang the government’s song and called Pakistan solely responsible for the strife. Stressing on (more or less his discovery to English vocabulary) – ‘Psuedo liberals’ – he called them narrow but vocal section of the society that in talking about Kashmiris and the probable atrocity of Indian armed forces are supporting Pakistan, terrorists and Hafiz Saeed.
Barkha Dutt who took this reference to her in a not so easy manner struck back – She commented on facebook – Times Now calls for gagging of media & for journalists to be tried &punished. This man is journalist?I am ashamed to be from same industry as him. What’s striking is his brazen and cowardly hypocrisy. So he drones on and on about Pro Pakistan Doves without one word on the JK alliance agreement that commits the BJP and PDP to talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and is silent on Modi’s own Pakistan outreach- neither of which I object to- but since Arnab Goswami measures patriotism by such views why is he so silent on the government? Chamchagiri? Imagine, a journalist actually exhorts the government to shut down sections of the media, misrepresents them as isi agents and terror sympathisers, calls for them to be tried and acted against. And our fraternity remains locked into politically correct and timid silence. Well Im not a shrinking violet Mr. Goswami and no matter how many times you take my name directly or indirectly on your show, I really dont give a toss for your opinion. I hope I will always be someone whose journalism you loathe, because trust me, the feeling is so utterly mutual that it would kill me to be on the same side of any issue as you.
Most portion of the NewsHour was dedicated to his tirade against the so called anti-Indians and it was not a one-man ranting (that usually his shows are all about) that carried one message – whoever disagrees with one an donly Arnab will have to be sent to jail.