1. Arnab Goswami lashes out at liberal hypocrisy, says standing up for national anthem doesn’t make you ‘Sanghi’

Arnab Goswami lashes out at liberal hypocrisy, says standing up for national anthem doesn’t make you ‘Sanghi’

Arnab Goswami who has been carrying the baton of patriotism on Indian television for some time now, was clearly not impressed with the double standards of people when it comes to nationalism.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 3, 2017 6:55 PM
Arnab Goswami, intolerance arnab, Arnab Goswami Interview, Arnab Goswami speech, Arnab Goswami Video, Arnab Goswami debates, Arnab Goswami Intolerance, Arnab Goswami JNU Arnab Goswami questioned that why is it intolerant to call Maoists out of their violence? (Source: PTI)

Senior journalist Arnab Goswami may be away from television for some time now but, he didn’t shy away from hitting at the liberal hypocrisy prevailing in the country. “I will always stand up for the national anthem and speak in favour of the Indian Army. Does that make me a Sanghi?” questioned an enraged Arnab while addressing the crowd at FICCI FLO event in Chennai on 21st February. The prime time host who has been carrying the baton of patriotism on Indian television for some time now, was clearly not impressed with double standards of people when it comes to nationalism.

He started his speech by talking about the heated topic of tolerance in the country that sparked big controversy in 2016 involving Bollywood star Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao. Arnab asked, “Why are tolerant so intolerant in our country and can we tolerate it any longer? Should there be tolerance for those who run down the country?”

Referring to the unfortunate event that happened at Uri on 18th September 2016, where 19 Indian soldiers martyred, Arnab asked why there were no protests then. “There was no candlelight vigil. There was no petition. JNU was quiet. Kanhaiya disappeared, he was nowhere to be seen. There was no championing of causes. The hypocrisy is this that the same lobby that pretends in their own convenient way of cause to be the torchbearers of our national interest, did not protest when Uri happened,” he asked.

Speaking on how youth in the country is being misguided, Arnab said, “Not standing for the National Anthem has become a fashion statement. Is tolerance defined by supporting Yakub Memon instead of celebrating the national anthem? And, if it is tolerant, then why isn’t it liberal to say that we will not tolerate talks with Pakistan until they stop killing our soldiers.”

Watch Arnab Goswami’s full speech here:

Arnab continued by questioning that why is it intolerant to call Maoists out of their violence? He added, “Why then is it intolerant to question the selected hypocrisy of those returning their awards? And why is it not liberal to question someone who refuses to stand for the national anthem?” He didn’t spare those people either who called Jallikattu an inhuman practice. Arnab called them out by saying, “Why ladies and gentleman, was there a muteness by those who position themselves as tolerant and liberal. And all those people who spoke about it (Jallikattu), not one of them said Green Peace was breaking the rules. These are the same people who opposed Jallikatu. I see a motive there.”

Interestingly, this speech came just one day before students clashed in Delhi University’s Ramjas college once again fueling the debate about freedom of speech. In last one week, many celebrities like Virender Sehwag, Javed Akhtar, Babita Phogat and Randeep Hooda have found themselves poking their nose in students politics giving it a dirty twist. Arnab is currently busy in setting up his own media channel Republic TV through which he’ll be returning to Indian television.

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    Jitendra
    Mar 4, 2017 at 3:51 am
    Very Right Arnab Sir, we have to stand for our country ..The youth should keep country first...We miss you Arnab Sir on TV please back soon
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      Kamaljeet
      Mar 7, 2017 at 9:12 am
      "Should there be tolerance for those who run down the country?"What do you mean by "run down the country?! We have courts for a reason you know.. You don't get to decide who's running down the country! You don't get to decide what opinions to tolerate and what opinions not to tolerate! THAT'S the job of the courts. When the courts acquit Kahnaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid from those ridiculous sedition charges, the courts made a clear statement- these guys were NOT RUNNING DOWN THE COUNTRY.Freedom of speech is a peculiar thing. A lot of us don't like to hear some things or the other. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE THE COURTS! They decide the limit to free speech.. Who the are you then to decide what can be tolerated and what cannot?! Who are you to try and silence dissent for being anti-national when the supreme courts have already said it wasn't anti-national?!You don't like opposing view points and would like to live in a world where everyone agrees with you. And when they don't, you try to find an angle of liberal hypocrisy there. You are doing great damage to this countries freedoms by creating a mindset that is suious of one of the most important liberties in this country- the right to free speech.
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        Sreedhara
        Mar 4, 2017 at 7:19 am
        No problem with National anthem and army praising. We are all proud of our country. But who are you guys teach these things and take political and commercial benefits using these names. Please raise reflect good and bad of the society and be truthful to news.
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          Edward Teller
          Mar 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm
          At last, some one to talk sensibly in this country !!
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            Ajay
            Mar 3, 2017 at 3:23 pm
            Being on right side of truth is more important than being a self proclaimed learned of बॉलीवुड Thanks Arnav for putting things in right protective.
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              jaya
              Mar 4, 2017 at 5:39 am
              Arnab has the guts to speak the truth. we are proud of you and miss you.
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                Jay
                Mar 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm
                After 70 years of LOOT & BOOT Dynasty, Our Nation will become the LARGEST MUSLIM NATION per EU
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                  DINESH K
                  Mar 4, 2017 at 2:21 am
                  Yes Arnab u r Write, Pl come Back soon
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                    manu
                    Mar 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm
                    True Mr Goswami, most of the times these liberate souls just get very obnoxious and beyond logic
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                      mln rao
                      Mar 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm
                      Arnab we miss you.. till when we need to weight for your TV show..
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                      1. pritesh prakash
                        Mar 4, 2017 at 5:42 am
                        Well said Arnab sir, you lead the topic to the right way and to the right direction. Waiting for your show....
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                          rahul
                          Mar 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm
                          He is a BJP Supporter along with zee news, India news, India tv. Its not a Fibonacci puzzle to decode it.
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                            guru
                            Mar 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm
                            your emotional outburst when you were discussing the Indian Soldier struggling at the Siachen glacier, and got interrupted pierced to bring out the deepest patriotic feelings in every Indian. Still reverberating in our minds. Missing your apperance on the screen. Come back soon .Regards. guru
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                              Rajneesh Gandhi
                              Mar 4, 2017 at 9:56 am
                              Each word you spoke is the voice of millions of indians. Nation wants to know when is arnab returning to so called box. May you flourish in all your endeavours. God bless God speed. Regards. Rajneesh hi.
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                                rakesh
                                Mar 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm
                                Good Joke
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                                  rakesh
                                  Mar 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm
                                  Good Joke and Joke of the year is - He never been biased.
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                                    rakesh
                                    Mar 7, 2017 at 9:04 pm
                                    If you want to stand for your country, then stop following news.One scholar said- If you do not follow news you will not informed. But if you follow news you will be MISINFORMED.
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                                      Rajendra
                                      Mar 3, 2017 at 3:03 pm
                                      100%agree with ArnabSalute to you sir
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                                        Ravi kumar
                                        Mar 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm
                                        As usual, Arnab unplugged. There are very few people like Arnab who articulate the hypocrisy of the liberals in India so vocally. We need more journalists like him in India. The silence and hypocrisy of the seculars and liberals of India has long been tolerated because of divided right wing. They are the real perpetrators of the sorry state of india and they are the real communal people who ride on minority communalism in India.
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                                          Prakash
                                          Mar 4, 2017 at 9:14 am
                                          These so called activists and liberals support people like Umar Khalid and Kanhaiya in the name of freedom of speech. But when Shazia is not allowed to speak against triple talak and banned, they are conuously silent. Sheer double standards!!!? I also see a pattern in the opposition. These secularism and nationalism debate is raked up whenever there is some election and then dies once the elections are over. People should see through this.
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                                            Arj
                                            Mar 7, 2017 at 8:54 am
                                            Standing up for the national anthem isn't wrong or questioning someone who doesn't stand isn't wrong. But forcing someone to stand, threatening one with physical violence or imprisonment for not standing is wrong. Arnab doesn't understand liberalism. But instead of trying to understand it, he spreads false narratives about it and has created a TV show out of it. If a liberal says "Don't force national anthem by law", Arnab, instead of asking "why?" would simply shout "what about soldiers?! What about Uri?!". He doesn't have valid points but simply uses the sacrifice of soldiers to change the argument in his favour. He is nothing but a propaist. The likes of him just capitalize on the sacrifice of soldiers and use it to advance their own selfish objectives.. Truly disgusting what's happening in the country nowadays.
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