Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief of the Republic Media Network, emerged triumphantly from jail shouting nationalist slogans such as Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Mataram after he was granted bail by the Supreme Court. He and his employees have been at the receiving of the arrogant and intolerant politicians who are at the helm in Maharashtra. After their attempts to implicate Republic TV in fake, malicious cases failed, they revived an old, closed case to hound him. He was arrested and treated like a terrorist. The incessant hounding of Republic TV brought back the dark days of Emergency.
The people in the media industry, instead of condemning the arrest and supporting their fellow journalist in his hour of crisis, kept gloating over the treatment meted out to him.
The kind of support Arnab Goswami received from people is truly unprecedented. People in many parts of India took to the streets demanding his release. There were social media campaigns in his support and the viewers wanted their favorite newsman back.
The people who are at the helm of the Government of Maharastra utterly failed in their attempts to malign Arnab and his news network, and in fact, their evil intentions got exposed in the process. There are also allegations that the Uddhav Thackeray Govt is spending lakhs of rupees on legal expenses to implicate people who are critical of his government at a time when the society is passing through a pandemic and livelihoods are at stake.
It is very clear that Leftists and Islamists are not able to digest the growth of media houses such as Republic TV and are making every attempt to suppress their voice and force them to shut down. The so-called liberals, who never lose an opportunity to harp on tolerance, are behaving in the most intolerant manner. They are not able to digest the fast-evolving nationalist narrative that is proving to be a death knell to their pernicious ‘tukde-tukde’ narrative, which is aimed at causing India’s disintegration.
It is indeed heartening to see people raising their voices against attempts to scuttle the nationalist narrative. Their incessant attempts to persecute nationalists make it amply clear that the Left-Islamist alliance is bent on creating trouble for the people who muster up enough courage to challenge them. Therefore, the people who have nationalist leanings must be vigilant and stay ever ready to combat the attempts to destroy and demean the counter-narrative that is building against the hitherto dominant Left-Islamist narrative.