TV journalist Arnab Goswami, who recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief of Times Now, today did not reveal his own future plans, but said that “in next 3-4 years the centre of journalism would be taken outside Delhi”.
“When I talk about Delhi it is not with disregard to the city but with the determination that during the next 3-4 years we will take centre of journalism of this country outside the national capital,” Goswami said, speaking at India Ideas Conclave 2016 in Canacona.
“If this country’s journalism is to grow, you have to take it, psychosomatically, out of the national capital. That is where it would be truly represented, I know this would pose a threat to many of the people who believe that it should remain, for obvious political reasons, in Delhi,” he said.
“Why can’t it (journalism) be operated from Pune, Bengaluru or anywhere?” he said.
While not talking about his own future plans, Goswami said, “The real dissent, the dissent of a journalist, is going to come in this country. The season of change is about to come. I say to them stand against me and try to stop me. People of this country are not foolish.”
“Dissent tells me that I don’t have to pretend to be neutral….Dissent tells me that I will never be a fence-sitter,” he said.
“We would be lying to ourselves if we say we are truly independent media….It is time to give ourselves independent media. It would make our spines erect,” he added.
“We will make sure in this phase of dissent, the monopoly of money is broken….Even if I cannot achieve what I want, I think it is risk worth taking,” he said.
“We will go global and that will be our biggest singular dissent…The big disruption is now about to come,” he said.
“I believe whatever I do in next years, more and more journalists will stand by me as we dissent against the very journalism. There will be dissent by journalist against journalist,” Goswami added.