An open letter to Arnab Goswami – JNU students are not terrorists

saba khan

Saba is a physical therapist preparing for civil services.

Dear Arnab Goswami,

Not many people know that you started your career as a journalist with “The Telegraph” in Calcutta. You are and oxford alumnus apart from being a Hindu college product. Your paternal grandfather was a congressman, maternal grandfather was a communist and your father Manoranjan Goswami belongs to BJP and he contested election as BJP candidate but lost to congress candidate Bhubaneswar Kalita.

With your introduction being given, I would like to tell you that I have always been a great admirer of your show and your “the nation is angry and wants an answer” approach. The way you brought Times Now to the zenith of its glory all on your own is commendable.

But, over the years, you have let your success overpower your real motive and in all this you forgot that there is thin line of difference between moderator of debate and the battler. It’s an agony to see your show and witnessing the main topic of your debating being crushed by your crusading zeal and jingoistic nationalism.

Again I will say that I used to admire you the most but this time you went too far. It was few days back during the night when I saw the news and I was so disturb seeing few lawyers or I better say the few protectors of law taking law into their own hands by beating the hell out of Kanhaiya Kumar while the Delhi police played mute spectator. I felt my heart beat going high and then came the final nail in the coffin when I saw your video where you shouted out real loud and thrashed with your harsh words the three JNU student or I say the panelist whom you only invited.

Now there are few points that I would like to bring under your kind notice Arnab -:

Most important is that you and your program is admired and loved only because you represent the voice of the nation or the people of India. ”We” means people of India want you to represent us only when the panelists include people from political parties or central government or state government or judicial person. You have no right whatsoever to impose your extreme views and rigid ideologies on others. You called these panelists to express their views. The very little they can expect from you is some respect for being on the show. But your behavior and style resist the very notion of having individual thoughts and beliefs.

Now let us take few points from the speech you gave to Umar, Lenin and Ishan on your show one by one. First you point out these three as more dangerous than Maoist to this country. Tell me Arnab who are you to label them with such disgracing description. Who gave you the right to call them more dangerous than Maoist?

Second one you said that they misused freedom of expression in name of culturalism. First of all let me tell you Arnab that freedom to peacefully protest is our fundamental right which is a result of brainstorming sessions by founders of constitution. Article 19 clause (2) put restriction on freedom of speech only if a person is criticizing the nation. At the same time “If a person is criticizing the policies of government of India or state government peacefully then our constitution acts as a safeguard for that citizen. According to some rally was organized peacefully and it was some fringe elements from outside who entered without permission and shouted anti national slogans. According to some the JNU students made anti national slogans in the really. In the Kedar Nath singh’s case, five judges of supreme court- a constitutional bench made it clear that allegedly seditious speech and expression may be punished only if speech is an incitement to violence or public disorder.

With that being explained tell me Arnab who gave you the right to label them anti national. tell me Arnab did you witness the so called anti national rally . do you have evidence to prove that Ishan, Lenin and Umar made anti national slogan. You think you are bigger than the law. How dare you to take law in your hands. Do I need to remind you Arnab about the basic rule of law that “every person must be presumed guilty until proven”. Yours “I, ME AND MYSELF” approach and your way of cowing and over powering panelists with your aggressive and extremely loud interruptions are nothing but a blot on freedom of expression.

I would want you to recall the case of Shreya Singhal vs. union of India, the famous 66A judgment in which Supreme Court draw a clear distinction between advocacy and incitement, stating that only the latter would be punished in an act of sedition. Arnab it’s your this particular episode in which you did a blunder of calling the three students as anti national because after that episode the intolerant, hooligan and communal people started sharing video of particular portion with the tag- “Arnab spat on TERRORIST UMAR KHALID” . Tell me Arnab if JNU students advocate the anti national environment then I think you incited the violent and communal environment which as per the honorable Supreme Court’s decision in Shreya Singhal case amount to an act of sedition not the JNU students.

Thirdly coming to the other part of your speech where you called the JNU students beneficiaries of subsidized Indian government education and their education being paid from the tax payer’s money. Arnab if they are beneficiaries of subsidized Indian government education, “MAYBE” your channel is beneficiary of some political party or corporate house. The JNU students are beneficiaries of taxpayer’s money and that is the reason why they feel more responsible towards the people of India. I am not a JNU student nor do I have any friend in JNU University but all I know is that the JNU students are much more national than you or me. From the national issue to social issue or any other issue they have always stand for what is right and they are the first one to come out in support of country without any selfish interest. Where your channel gets TRP’S for sensationalizing the news these people , these people work selflessly and are much more the voice of India than you.

Fourth point you mentioned, let me quote “I have run out of patience with you with the shallowness of the nature of your arguments”. Arnab Goswami I seriously want to know have you ever seen the footage of your show. Think about the panelists who tolerate your nonstop super loud arguments. Getting to hear about patience from you reminded me that “look who is talking”.

Fifth point you mentioned, let me quote you” WE are proud of Lans Naik Hanumanthappa and ashamed of you”. Tell me Arnab who gave you the right to use “WE”- you are not the sole representative of the people of India. The nation includes each and every student of JNU also. The JNU students including Lenin Ishan and Umar must have felt the pain of Lans Naik Hanumanthappa much more than you as they are more close to the people of India.

Media is called the fourth pillar of democracy because it keeps a check on three other pillars from misusing its power but your way of giving judgments without trial only proves how you are over using your own power and need to be checked.

You are an oxford alumnus, were you not taught Arnab about the ethical ways of conducting debates. The debate style in oxford calls for moderator is to queue the refutation, to preside over the debate and raises the predetermined questions at an “appropriate time”. A debate is a communication process not a kangaroo court.

If you feel you have no control over shouting out loud so much then you should simply take the seat of the panelist and quit your job as a moderator but remember, even as a panelist do remember few lines by Sabio Lantz;

“In debate, do not nitpick the little stuff in your opponent’s argument. Instead, help make your opponent’s argument as strong as you can. Correct his weak spots for him. Then offer counters to what you consider the strongest version of your opponent’s arguments; try to anticipate your own criticisms. Make your opponent the best partner you can. For the goal is not to win the debate, but for you both to better approximate the truth.”

From a true patriot and a neutral and secular citizen of India
Jai hind Jai Bharat


  1. alvaresclarence

    Excellent take on a the arrogant “I am always right” Please the sponsors of my channel kind of a moderator hungry for TRP by bashing verbally all congress penalist and getting cozy with the BJP walaas. Shouting and insulting his guest is his only forte . In one of the debate he played a video of Kanaylal (the future Jayprakash Narayan of our nation) and cornered the person against the crackdown on JNU mercilessly when, at the same time the ABP news channel was playing a forensic report how that azaadi video was morphed. All those who have low BP should sit and watch his newshour debate you are bound to raise your BP roof high with out any medication.

    • Thanku for your constructive feedback and suggestions 🙂

    • Naveen Reddy Bobbala

      TRP game is common across all the channels, No one will want to sacrifice it. Now coming to the core issue “what is cultural about afzal guru” “ghar ghar se afzal niklega” placards? What are these guys upto? There are lots of role models to pick to protest against capital punishment!! The kind of publicity such events are getting is motivating more people to indulge in such silly things. More responsibility is expected from people at such places… Please don’t cite constitutional loopholes that allows such acts… No offenses please… I am being frank… Please correct me as required

      • Sir I totally agree with each and every word you said … What I am saying again and again is can’t we wait for the court’s decision….can’t we all show some respect towards our country’s law governing bodies and sir there is no loophole in constitution ….it’s the finest example of sterling work by the makers of our constitution specially the greatest BR Ambedkar….I hav written only after analysing multiple news from news channel…tell me sir what if there was no such slogan made in reality and if it was all doctored …if jnu people kya anyone is talking about such things like India ki barbadi I say go and put the person under trial and behind bars but there is a way for everything …some procedure has to be followed or not …… Can’t we all sit and meditate and do think about ways to narrow the gap between us and stand all united ….y to let oueself get overpowered by politics….I am a very small unit of democracy in this world’s largest democracy but all I dream of is to make my country the finest example of peaceful place to live in where each n every citizen is united by thread of love

      • Mr Naveen, you and me were not there. We saw what we believe to be true in television. Different media reports different perspectives. Who do you choose to believe and why? That’s how me or you choose to rely our opinions on.
        Having said that why would a University choose Afzal Guru or Rohith as a topic. Both died under controversial circumstances.
        Remember 1 man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist as our Bhagat Singh was labelled by the British. We all have different perspectives and have the right to differ or dissent.
        Have you never disagreed with your parents when you were young. Did they term you as Seditious and throw you out of the family or worse in jail.
        That’s the beauty of democracy.
        A section of the political riggt choose religious polarisation to capture power. We Indians should not fall prey to these vultures.
        End of the day we are one. Indians.

        • Naveen Reddy Bobbala

          Mr Afsal,
          Were you satisfied with what Mrs. Smrithi Irani had said today in the house?? I kind of agree with the whole stuff except one thing i.e. the doctor not being allowed but she was citing from what police had quoted in their FIR.

          what do you say ?

          • Hi Naveen,
            I live abroad and dont follow politics very closely. Have a very busy career and even bigger family responsibilities:)

            The events in JNU made me concerned and thats why i follow them. My only point is freedom of speech and dissent can never be sedition, but we all also have to act responsibly.

            BJP is reinventing Nationalism. Dont believe the students of JNU or any other part of India are anti nationals.


          • Naveen Reddy Bobbala

            Hi Afsal,
            I neither represent BJP nor any other political party. I personally felt very bad when “learned” people like JNU students are shouting such slogans, that’s it. Bharat ki barbaadi etc etc … doesn’t matter weather it qualifies to be dissent or sedition … i wish that such incidents should be dealt sensibly without trying to extract political mileage. Thousands of farmers are committing this cause not worth fighting/rising for ?? … lets wind this up guys..thank you all for your valuable views and comments…wish you all the very best.

  2. Abhishek Upadhyay

    You are only the nationalist and the people who are making such anti national slogans are good people you yourself has an opinion in such a supportive manner i guess who have such disgraceful ideology n whom so ever you are but if our constitution does gives you the freedom of speech and expression that doesn’t mean, one should say or do such type of things, and this is not your fault but our constitution is so rigid that is why you are able to make such comment but if your living here then you must be knowing how n when to use it in a positive manner but not you negative mind will able to understand.

    • Dear brother. Plz go through the letter once again…not even once did I mention raising slogans against country is justified at all…what I am saying is what if the videos were doctored….and if yes the videos were not doctored then I truly agree these people should be put behind the bars….main point is y can’t we hav the tolerance to let the truth come out

    • As far as you calling my mind as negative….plz don’t judge me by my name… try to analyse the situation plz…..I love my country as much as you do but all I am asking for is little tolerance,understanding and love for each other as responsible citizens of India ……. Again I will end up by making it clear let the proof comes out and if JNU students are really the way they r being projected by some they totally deserve to be behind the bars but not in the way that we got to see during kanhaiya Kumar proceedings ….brother we all need to have patience and let the truth comes out
      Jai hind jai bharat….I know being a minority I hav to say again and again to give a proof that I am a patriot and neutral and secular citizen who love my country as much as you do….hope u agree brother 🙂

      • Yaigesh Mehra

        I think you are being a lil dramatic here.. I couldn;t read anything which says that anyone in judging you as you are a minor. It is only the comments that you put are negative. I have many muslim friends who are good.. I never doubt their patriotism.. but if any person (DISPITE of his cast and creed) says anything ANTI-National, must be punished. If we can’t punish then the judiciary system is sick and weak.

        • Rahul Mukherjee

          What do you think of a judicial system in which lawyers are beating up an accused onside a court campus without being immediately arrested? The final fate of fascists in Germany was terrible. Please dont feel too confident…

        • apolitical

          did you punish the anti national goon lawyers who beat up people in the premises of the court room

    • One thing more brother…..u please come to our houses, interact with us and reach us and I can assure you that the brotherly and loving welcome will definitely make you realise that we belong to India as much as you people do and that we are nobody but neutral peace loving secular people …all the best brother 🙂

    • apolitical

      shame on you

  3. Naveen Reddy Bobbala

    Why is there no mention of “afzal guru”? Was it deliberate? If you are against capital punishment pick some role models who are to be hanged for raping and killing nirbhaya… Why only afzal guru.. He is dead.. He cannot be bought Back… Try your luck by supporting nirbhaya killers…. What say??

    • Sir you asking me why I dint mention about afzal guru ? And you are also doubting me if it was deliberate ….sir plz don’t start judging me and reaching conclusion on the basis of my name ……when I was writing this article I was writing from a point of view of common Indian citizen and trust me sir afzal guru thing din’t cross my mind at all….. Now DAT u hav asked for my views on afzal guru then my views are I string feel that anybody who is attacking or even planning to attack our parliament deserve to be hanged in the way afzal guru was hanged …..but definitely his family should have been informed …nothing more than that I think about afzal guru….sir why do you people associate all the Muslims with afzal guru thing…trust me we are much less bother about him than others. Let’s wind up with final words that we all including you and I hav same motive of making this country a better place to live in….jai hind jai bharat

      • Appreciate your patient discourse. But we don’t have to justify every one of our comments. Bigots will be Bigots. We fight for what we feel is right. Please get out of the “I am Muslim so I have to prove my patriosm mode”. We are proud Indians as any.

        • I guess I finally am out of that mode…thanx for reminding me sir 🙂

        • Rahul Mukherjee

          Absolutely right. Religion should be kept out of these discussions. Muslims are not terrorists and Hindus are not Fascists. It is the ignorant religious stereotyping

  4. Aarnab is a self-proclaimed goodie man. Always screams and tries to shut others. Always bias and selfish. Spoils the one who speaks the truth…He’s a sold of journalist working for his own boss.

  5. Sir, Can you deny that there were Anti National Slogans, threatening of disintegration of country, portray of Afzal Guru as martyr. If Kanahya/ Umar Khalid etc. were not raising such slogans than who? Is it not their responsibility to help the administration to find out them.

  6. majnu sultanpuri

    All point of view is very clear we all want to say this to arnab thnx saba khan for this latter

  7. Winnie Saldanha

    Atleast this is not doctored! by the way a small correction it is ‘“Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall have the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to the law.” and not as mentioned in the letter.

  8. louisa williams

    I think what you said was indeed right. and in case of Afzal Guru, he was hanged based on circumstantial evidence and to satisfy the collective conscience of the country. Which was injustice to him. whose conscience was satisfied? mine?not at all. it was blood for blood game. lastly no direct link between him and any other terror organizations were found. So the question is some may think he was a martyr. Even i do. He was a scapegoat.
    And to quote the revolutionaries of some are terrorist for others. there were many groups with radical thoughts in the past. even freedom fighters like bhagat singh, khudiram bose etc were radicals. we glorify them then why do we have to criminalize Umar Khalid?for his radical views

  9. apolitical

    sabha khan I salute you. May your tribe increase

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