Open Letter to Arnab Goswami

December 2, 2012
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Dear Arnab,

I am shattered. Devastated. I can’t even begin to explain how disappointed i am after spending an hour reading this atrocious article that just seems like a vindictive piece out to malign you.

In short, it says that you are a maniac who doesn’t understand anything but TRPs and would go to any extent to win the race with the other channels; that your skill lies not in journalism but in creating controversies and providing entertainment via dumbed down, rhetorical news; that you are a horrible, vindictive boss whose people hate you, calling you nicknames such as Dementor.

The Goswami experience has left everyone, including those who resisted him, a little unsure. One former editor reached for fantasy to describe his effect. “I used to call him the Dementor because you see him and all your happiness gets sucked out. It’s like there’s a chill in the air and everything sad and bad and negative in your life comes out.”

The former high-ranking editor, who worked closely with Goswami for years, said, “You’re dealing with an individual who is deeply complex, unstable, and absolutely vindictive. A brute of a human being. A complete philistine.”

Arnab, what is this? There are so many questions in my head, which is buzzing from the trauma. I wish there was a mike i could thrust in your face like one of your reporters, asking you if you had any comment on the allegations. Or if one of your journalists would thrust a mike in my face asking me how I felt.

Arnab, you have no idea how much this means to me. All these years, i have longed for the day when you would, on prime TV, announce your real superhero identity, and fly off to stop a group of terrorists trying to wage battle against India. You could well be India’s answer to Ironman.

This changes everything, Arnab. This changes everything. The nation demands answers. We need to know what this is.

I feel like that child who is informed a day before Christmas that there is no Santa Claus, that it’s all a hoax. I wish there was a camera in front of me, so i could stare into it with a blank, desperate expression that showed the pain i am feeling right now, the way you do when confronted with corrupt politicians who don’t listen to you.

Arnab, you wouldn’t know how much of an inspiration you’ve been. You’ve shot more people point-blank (with your words) than the most kick-ass encounter specialist anywhere in India. You’ve silenced people who have the power to put behind bars anyone who even dares dream something derogatory against them. It’s so cute to see them go ‘Arnab, Arnab, let me complete at least’ while you show them their place. Fills my heart with joy every time you do that.

You, Arnab, are the enforcer of our democratic process.

I am so inspired that I have modeled my life after you. At work, i run meetings like your panel discussions. People feel happy if they can even speak a word in one of my meetings, leave alone win a point. If they start talking, i just talk at the same time, but in a louder voice, which proves that i win the argument. I may sometimes make up facts as i go along, relying on my loud, anguish-filled voice to make people lose focus and agree to my agenda, but big deal. And you know what the amazing thing is? It works, and i can only thank you for it.

People have role models like Dhoni, Gandhi, Sunny Leone etc. For me, it’s always been you. That navy blue suit, the tie, with its Windsor knot, the specs, the nicely parted hair. You’ve been like that good, patriotic boy i would have married if i were a girl. You’ll be happy to know that i have already planned of dressing up my boy as Arnab Goswami when he is old enough for fancy dress competitions.

It clearly doesn’t help to hear the kind of things people have been attributed as saying against you.

“He humiliates you,” the output editor said. “It’s not just about picking holes. He’s the editor. He’s supposed to pick holes. But to humiliate a person, to demean the person, to bring the person down, to almost terrorise the person in such a way that your self-esteem hits rock bottom?”

The Newshour’s guests say they accept invitations to the show expecting a discussion, only to find themselves cornered and painted in stark terms and, if they persist with nuance, ignored. The activist and academic Madhu Kishwar, a frequent but exasperated guest, penned a widely-circulated open letter to Goswami, complaining that “panelists are expected to simply come and lend further strength to the anchor’s delusion that one hour of Newshour will rid India of all its ills”. The senior manager explained Goswami’s approach. “He feels TV is about drama. You have to stir something up or the audience will be lost. He sees his role as livening things up.”

Hardly role-model stuff.

I am willing to give you the benefit of doubt though. They’re all probably just jealous of your success, or maybe they aren’t as convincing in debates as you are (who am i kidding. Nobody can come close). I’ll take the article with a pinch of salt, just like i take Balika Vadhu, your news reports, and every match the our cricket team wins (or loses).

Maybe you’re just playing the bad boy like Shahrukh Khan in Chak De India, to unite the entire team against you. And it worked well, didn’t it? The girls won the World Cup. You’re on top of the TRP charts. The mark of a great coach is to achieve results, by hook or by being a mad maniac who inspires dread in the hearts of everyone in the mad conquest of TRP charts.

Let the haters hate, Arnab. They can go to hell. Or watch one of the lame-ass competitor channels who haven’t discovered the importance of background music, fancy animation and size 200 font headlines scrolling in four lines across our TV screens.

All i know is that with you up and about, i can sleep at night knowing that India is safe from terror, corruption or any kind of evil. You’re our deterrent against bad things. But i am human after all, and a bit confused that if someone took the trouble of writing an article longer than the Indian constitution against you, there might be some truth in it?

Only you can clear the air now. Perhaps by inviting yourself on News Hour and grilling yourself to Paneer Tikka tenderness.

The nation needs some answers, Arnab. And the nation needs them NOW.

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34 Responses to “ Open Letter to Arnab Goswami ”

  1. Puja on December 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    My husband too is a die-hard Arnab fan. And he was similarly ‘heart-broken’ when I sent him the link to the said post! He hasn’t spoken to me since!!

    This report has almost destroyed my marriage!!! Now let me do some damage control and send him link to your post :)

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    • amreekandesi on December 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Puja – glad to be of help :P

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    • Usama Sulaiman on January 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Haha..nice!

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  2. Ruby Renisha Dhar on December 20, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Isn’t the Calender Shoots kingfisher calender girls……..Pron websites………….nude photo shoots including all the Bollywood actresses…. Advertisements…. nudity in Indian cinema……… disgraceful item songs………..costumes…….inviting sunny leony to Indian Cinema giving her work permit was like a student doing class 12th after her M.com…….giving media coverage to Poonam Pandey’s getting nude announcements………Paoli Dam’s pron scenes ……..media coverage to Bhatt gang (the biggest disgrace to Indian cinema) etc….aren’t they responsible for these shameful acts in India?

    this incident reminds me of the murder of Junko Furuta………………i am feeling ashamed of being an Indian …..y a man is never punished to be hanged till death when he makes some once life worst than death

    RAISE YOUR VOICES……..ITS HIGH TIME NOW………..
    CRIME NEVER PAYS……… NEGLECTING A CRIME IS ITSELF A CRIME.
    STAND FOR YOUR DAUGHTERS & SISTERS.

    regards
    a citizen of a morally dead country

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  3. Joh on December 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I’m sure there’s no Language thats ever come up with a word to describe or explain how or why we put up with this quirk. There first ought to be a parliamentary debate on about Arnab Goswami and a vote on whether a life (in jail or a zoo) sentence on him would boost or not boost India’s development.

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  4. PN: arjun on December 24, 2012 at 10:35 am

    The man has been a phenomenon in an otherwise cozy & seemingly co-opted “mutual win-win” equation bearing relationship between those in public-life & news-networks. Its evident given the “not-so-private” dislike expressed by others from the fraternity. It isnt least surprising that usage of terms – “noise”, “nakra”, etc are used to describe his shows/channel approach. When Dr. Prannoy Roy started off in those days bringing some freshness in an otherwise dull and dubbed (to speak in-praise of the Govt of the day just as the feudal royal kingdoms used to have “praisers” in the durbar to sing eternal praise of the lordship/royalty) DD News era; it was path-breaking. There were some people who felt uncomfortable then just as some do today. When you notice the “rendezvous” type “cheesy” interview on prime-time national television with ‘a victim of random rhetorical utterance of a CM aspirant terming the so-called victim as “a 50 crore girlfriend”‘, its all right. Nevermind, the deliberate intent to mislead public by claiming a discussion “LIVE” when in-fact it was pre-recorded, its all okay.. no much noise needed please. Push it under the carpet! When a journo follows a neta into fodder yard et al, ask seemingly never-ending (literal terms – never ending line with complicated sentences) questions while cautioning the respondents with “fierce head-nodding”, “jumping the seat”, “uncouth” and clammer for air-time, its all okay… no problem there!! But, this new lad, loud no-doubt, irritating at-times – yes, (but arent they all?), is all of a sudden a threat to the fraternity and TV news journalism’s practice and ethics..? And yes, not to forget, The Editor of a national English newspaper claiming on TV that his 4 letter c word could be construed as being cool, calm, and not coup is okay to “walk and talk and dance”. :-) World’s a stage.. no dearth of naatakbaazi!!

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  5. shyamanta on December 30, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Arnab Goswami is the best , with real guts. we need people like him. Great job, Arnab Sir, keep continuing the good work..

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  6. Sonal pandya on January 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Arnab u r doing a great job. Keep it up.

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  7. Ravi Verma on January 2, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Well, this article forced me to see arnab’s debates. After watching his program, I laughed my heart out. Your article seems to be full of truth and only truth. Poor guest, those whom he invites to prove his point correct like Koran bedi, harish salve, etc. Keeps looking at camera for 80% of the program duration without speaking and just giving facial expression of their great sufferings of constipation and the persons he calls to grill just keeps saying Arnab, Arnab,… And 1 minute, 1 minute,…. Before they gets their 1 minute their trial, prosecution, judgement and punishment is done. But I must say Arnab is great entertainer. :) nation wants to know ;)

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  8. sak on January 4, 2013 at 4:55 am

    At least this man has huts and courage to bring out the truth .We love watching the energy and enthusiasm which he displays on all his shows.Arnab keep up the good work.

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  9. MohitAD on January 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I love the pro-arnab comments here :)

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  10. Ranjan Chowdhuri on January 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    This guy Arnab all said and done atleast tweak the ears of politicians/erring govt servants
    through this channel which is good in a way.Though his holier than thou attitude and preventing his guests from completing their statements can be irritating at times .An entertainer all the way.

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  11. debdip on January 10, 2013 at 6:45 am

    the best thing about this man(Arnab) is he is bold,he is not coward thats the quality i think he has inherit from his family, his father was from army and his grandfather was freedom fighter ,he is a person who thinks beyond himself he always think what is best for his county and always tries to depoliticizing the issues which any politician tries to politicize.
    i think we as a citizen of india must support this man because its our responsibility as a citizen of india to support someone who speaks for the interest of this county , i think this person doing far more classier job than the fictional character in the movie nayak.

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  12. Sam Cherian on January 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    while the issues may be real,,,,.Arnab is a real failure as an anchor, none of his debates contribute anything other than what you would get from road side riff raff. He invites people ..but he does not let them contribute. Nonetheless there are sides to every story.. for.this TRP hungry editor is just ” showtime ” ..its up to the guests really… they could turn down his invite …..

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  13. Ghanshyam Lagudi on January 11, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Long live Arnab! What a man, what a fighter, what a true Indian!!
    You make me proud of you. You make me proud of being Indian.
    I only wish I were another Arnab Goswami myself.

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    • Joh on January 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Yeh, like him, be most of the time driven by your emotions and the rest of the time by your bowels particularly when shuffling with Pakistani comrades as he was doing last night.

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  14. Krishna on January 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    We are so much proud of Arnab, keep going. You make us proud.

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  15. Manish on February 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    As a audience, i have always appreciated Arnab than others but Arnab please let others speak too.
    You are a very good anchor and have the guts to ask point blank questions and not like others who either do a cameo on godra victims by showing their crocodile tears or some one who threatnes bloogers for their remarks on “shoddy journalism”

    Hats off to you Arnab for showing the truth and face of our politicians.

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  16. Arun Madhav on February 27, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I like it when Arnab sinks his teeth into the criminals or those on the side of criminals. My favorite is when he does his thing to this permanent fixture, this hapless masochist Sanjay Jha – “Arnab, Arnab, i hear my own echo”, “Arnab, Arnab allow me to speak”.

    The poor guy in order to buy some time, blurts “Arnab, Arnab, can I take that question?” – when Arnab looks at him mockingly like – saala, take that question if you can…

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  18. Sam on May 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Arnab is encashing the “I want to be on TV” syndrome, inside and outside the indian polity. His approach is crass and in his effort to notch up TRP , often bungles in principle. His ” informed sources ” who “inform” him are also being corrupt by leaking data regardless of sensitivity of the information.
    ” I have this paper ” he holds out..displaying the eagerness of a 6 year old with candy. His debates are inconclusive and a joke…I am surprised that people even come on his show only to be shouted down or talked out of …most of his panelists hardly get a word in..before the enthusiastic anchor displays his outright disregard for finesse ….keep at it arnab…its a waste a time in any case

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    • MANISH on May 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Dear Sam,

      You are supposed to like only double standard people like Rajdeep sardesai who is by the govt and for the govt.

      Yes i agree that Arnab does not allow people to speak much but he is the only person to ask direct questions to the panel from any side.

      So before you comment without knowing who arnab is please shut your mouth.

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  19. Heer Bhatt on May 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Well i am a die hard fan of Arnab too..!!
    It’s great that you have made him your role model, keep it up !! But the only thing is don’t force your child to be someone who you couldn’t be; it’s that pretty sole’s life and let him enjoy his (no offence) !!
    About the article, it’s great !! (y) Arnab is truly an inspiration for the whole country !! I say politicians should learn something from him on how to take up a matter in the political institutions..!! This guy has the capacity to bring about the change in some brains of the country with his weapon : Media !!

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  20. Vinod on May 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    he does not give a chance for the participants to speak their opinions. its like inviting someone and ridiculing them at their cost :-) he also gives an impression that he is pre determined to thrash somebody and never allow them a comfortable platform to build up the debate. i really appreciate him for the questions he ask, those are the answers that people want to hear but only if he let them speak!!!! also, i dont know the validity of the reports that he hold in hand and whow trustworthy his sources are. and sometimes he seem to go overboard, inflicting his personal opinions to the viewers….thereby depriving the viewer his judgement skills. no, he needs to improve by leaps and bounds.

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    • eeswar on July 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

      That is because most of the times the subject of his debate is indefensible.. he invites crooks to throw eggs at them.. i love it.. i don’t want to hear the nonsense those crooks speak with twisted facts.. who took on Suresh Kalmadi like Arnab did? who questioned Sri Prakash Jaiswal like Arnab did? last night Sanjay Jha got raped not only by Arnab but also by panalists and callers the reason he isn’t even trying to give the answer that was put to him then why should i listen his crap? Arnab gives exactly what viewers of News Hours wants.. if you don’t like the style then better stick to Burka dutt show where she puts pre scripted questions to her Congress friends!!

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  21. Asif on June 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    he does not give a fair chance to his guests.He is against the govt and against any organization like BCCI.He is too soft on BJP.
    if he picks a point against Govt then he makes it a big issue.
    he is never out spoken to Gujrat , MP or Chhatisgarh etc.
    yesterday Dhoni gets an award for team India in UK but he did not mention any single word..and he was behind Dhoni to prove a point that he(Dhoni) is in conflict of interest. his shows are full of negativity and for him whole world is bad.There is no doubt that he is a capable person but he always takes a position before starting his show.He always says…that people of India wants to know.I am sorry Arnab…you do not represent whole India. he needs to learn from Barkha Dutt ,Vishnu Som , Anuradha Prasad , Raj Deep Sar Desai , Karan Thapar etc. Their shows always gives full chance to their guests….they do not interrupt and try to put word in guest’s mouth.

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  22. sivaraj on August 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Well if all were polite than the political goons will have their way with the silent majority(middle class) if you cant raise your voice at least defend one who dares like ARNAB .One has to fight with aggresiveness /madness. we had churchill vs Hitler that was the need of the hour Democracy shout vs scream …lets have t
    ARNAB go with full gusto without reservations you may have your own agenda but who doesnt…

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  23. Balaji on August 22, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I am too an Arnab fan and got addicted to News Hour.He is unbiased,patriotic (watch his shows with Pak guests) appreciate his fluency absolutely never stuttered in any of his shows,leads like an icon to young Indians by being bold,straight forward and unyielding.My only worry is he needs to groom others in his channel to be worthy alternative to him for example News Hour anchored by others in his absence is a damp squib.He seems to know everything, I feel he is PM material.

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  24. ishita on September 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    To the writer and all other readers who take pride in calling themselves arnab’s ‘die hard fans’ please don’t be blinded by your emotions and try using the faculty of reason that the human brain is supposedly endowed with. Blind faith is detrimental.

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  25. Jithin on December 19, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Is it me or did anyone else feel that this article took a huge sarcastic dig at Arnab?

    I hope i am correct because may be through the false praise arnab realizes what a mockery is he making of himself and also the very idea of debate/discussion.

    And Yes , Arnab , India DOES wants answers but if only, you would allow those poor guests to speak, we could perhaps get some answers.

    And with due respect to everyone who likes Arnab’s so called boldness, guts and patriotism, may i ask are the qualities of humility, courtesy, respect not qualities of Strong man?

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  26. Ganesh on January 30, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Arnab Goswami’s inspiration seems to be BBC’s Jeremy Paxman, the former anchor of Newsnight, who has taken many a British politician to the cleaners. The only difference is Arnab’s much higher decibel rating.

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  27. shaggy on February 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    its not about a culprit is blaming a culprit in one or the other way all are same, real honest fighter will be killed or die due to poverty) but during the process at least some culprits are blamed.

    what is the out put of his shows are not known (may be TRP & or his 2crore salary) but sometime I feel that yes this what I wanted to ask this fellow and with the same anger when he is talking to some culprits.

    use tv only entertainment, education and fun not for liberalization or ground breaking information (if you do that then you will become the poppet of illusion created by money), you can watch arnab also if can you find lot of fun watching his show.

    as human is error, media is fake.

    Shaggy

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  28. Asha on February 17, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Journalist like Arnab should be banned. I do understand that his job is to make sure that people know the truth but his program is more focused on What Arnab think and what arnab wants to accuse. He doesn’t give accused an opportunity to explain themselves. Shame on you Arnab. One more addition to Arnab’s haters club

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