TV news anchor Barkha Dutt has said that she is ashamed to be from the same industry as ‘Times Now’ Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
Barkha slammed her “competitor at Times Now” for his rant against fellow journalists on his primetime show ‘The News Hour” on Tuesday.
“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,” Barkha said in a post on Facebook.
“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,” Barkha said in her post on Wednesday afternoon.
The Consulting Editor of NDTV also slammed Goswami for being silent on the Jammu and Kashmir alliance agreement that the BJP has with the PDP, a party that is committed to continue talks with the separatist Hurriyat and Pakistan.
“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,” she wrote.
Barkha is also miffed by the stoic silence of the media fraternity.
“And our fraternity remains locked into politicaly correct and timid silence. Well I m not a shrinking violet Mr. Goswami and no matter how many times you take my name directly or indirectly on your show, I really don’t 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,” she added.
A good part part of Goswami’s ‘The NewsHour’ on Tuesday was dedicated to Kargil Diwas. After pontificating on the valour, sacrifice and the martyrdom of the Indian military, Goswami begins a rant on a section of the media. He accuses them of supporting Pakistan, its main spy agency, the ISI and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.
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Today is Kargil Divas. Today is the day when we remember seventeen years later, the valour, the sacrifice, the martyrdom and the ultimate bravery of the heroes of Kargil.
Today should also be a day, when a section of pseudo-liberals should ask themselves whether they have the right to comment, to speak, or to write one word on the Kargil bravehearts. When many of these pseudo liberals have been vilifying, abusing and pressurising our army and our paramilitary forces operating in the most hostile of the circumstances in J&K, non-stop, day after day and week after week.
Viewers, for the last few weeks, this narrow, but vocal section, which includes vested interests in some parts of the media, have been openly and shockingly trying to echo the Pakistani lines. In the guise of backing Kashmiris, these sections, including sections of the media, are doing everything possible, support Pakistan sitting here in India they calling themselves Indian liberals and Indian media. They are Indian pseudo-liberals certainly not real Indian media.
They are supporting Pakistan, directly or indirectly. They are supporting ISI, Rawalpindi, Hafiz Sayeed, Using the death and killing of a terrorist as a peg. They have tried to project Burhan Wani as some kind of local boy butchered by security forces. That is the kind of fake narrative they are trying to build.
These people are dangerous. They try to build a false imagery that Burhan Wani was an innocent son of Indian headmaster and Indian State as cruel as it is a fault. What a lie!
Viewers, for three weeks and more, you have heard these group peddle their lies, you have heard these group openly, pro-Pakistan activists operating out of India, carrying an Indian passport, some of them posing as some kind of journalists, starting to drum up a campaign, orchestrated and planned across the border, for Azaadi in Kashmir.
They are writing articles and giving interviews unstopped. Some of these pseudo-journalists give away operational details of the movement, of the logistical deployment and the activities of our armed forces, when they are taking on these terrorists, openly compromising the security.
This is the same group, viewers that backed those who chanted for the Bharat Barbaadi in JNU, This is the same people, the same out-of-work writers who called Afzal Guru’s hanging a tragedy.
Viewers, I am asking you on The NewsHour tonight, how long you will be silent at these elements? Why should we be silent at these elements? Do these people compromise our national security or not, your and my security, and if they do, which we know they do, why do we let them get away? And why don’t we take on these people?
Why don’t we start exposing one by one, bit by bit, and part by part, but in a thought out manner?
Why don’t we expose these pro-Pakistani lobbies operating in India?
This is the least that we can do, we should do on a day we honour and remember our bravest.
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