Come On Rajdeep! An Excellent Reply To Rajdeep’s 2002 Riots Controversy On Arnab Goswami

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I don’t know whether to laugh or do something else at high-profile journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s demand that Arnab Goswami of Republic TV quit journalism. Rajdeep was commenting on an old video clip of Arnab in which the latter is describing how his car was attacked with trishuls by a Hindu mob 50 mtrs from the Gujarat chief minister’s residence in Gandhinagar during the 2002 riots. The then CM was Narendra Modi. Rajdeep claimed that he was in the car at that time and that Arnab was nowhere in the picture. Calling Arnab a white liar, Rajdeep has demanded that Arnab bid adieu to journalism.

Rajdeep was in possession of crucial audiovisual tapes which showed a TV sting of three BJP M.P.s’ support being purchased for Singh’s vote of confidence in Parliament by a representative of Amar Singh.

Arnab hasn’t responded, but his Republic TV claimed that he had very much covered the 2002 Gujarat riots without specifically referring to the Gandhinagar car incident.

Rajdeep might well be true because he had clearly mentioned the car incident in his book on the 2014 elections which saw Modi romp to power.

But, does Rajdeep, who is posing as a highly ethical journalist, has the moral right to ask Arnab to quit the profession?

It was Rajdeep who brought himself and the profession of journalism to utter shame in July 2008 when he deliberately held back a huge news scoop that would have brought the highly discredited UPA government led by Manmohan Singh down.

Rajdeep was in possession of crucial audiovisual tapes which showed a TV sting of three BJP M.P.s’ support being purchased for Singh’s vote of confidence in Parliament by a representative of Amar Singh.

Manmohan Singh had strangely risked the very existence of this government on the controversial Indo-American nuclear deal issue. Amar Singh had made a mysterious visit to the U.S. on the eve of the crucial vote of confidence and soon after his return had started shopping for support for the trust vote.

Any self-respecting journalist would have gone to town and aired the tapes, whose authenticity has not been questioned till date, exposing the chicanery of the corrupt Manmohan Singh government. Had the tapes been telecast before the trust vote the government would have most certainly collapsed.But Rajdeep let down the nation by holding back the vital tapes.

And now he is talking about things like professional ethics et al. Some gumption this.

 

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