Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a member of the Rajya Sabha and vice-chairman of the NDA in Kerala, with Arnab Goswami at the Repubic TV studios
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a member of the Rajya Sabha and vice-chairman of the NDA in Kerala, with Arnab Goswami at the Repubic TV studios

In November 2016, while delivering the vote of thanks during Ramnath Goenka awards, Indian Express’s Editor-in-Chief Raj Kamal Jha had regaled the audience with an anecdote. He told the gathering that once when a Chief Minister told the group’s founder Ramnath Goenka, “Aap ka reporter bahut achha kaam kar raha hai (Your reporter is doing good work)”, Ramnath Goenka had sacked the reporter. Raj Kamal Jha stated that criticism from the Government was a badge of honour. What people witnessed on Twitter today as part of the launch of Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV is the exact opposite of the Ramnath Goenka school of journalism.

From BJP Union Minsiters, to BJP MPs, to BJP MLAs to BJP Spokersperson, to BJP supporters, everybody seemed overjoyed at the launch of Republic TV.

BJP Union Ministers

Delighted to see Arnab back on TV. Compliment and best wishes to @republic for scaling new heights in Indian journalism #May6WithArnab

Arnab very best to you for new venture,u always set bar high & you excel,sure u will better own record @republic #ArnabGoswami #republictv

Congrats and best wishes to Sh Arnab Goswami and his team on the occasion of launch of #Republic TV.


Congrats #Arnab & Team @republic on your News Channel launch. The nation looks forward to good,insightful & factual journalism. Best Wishes!


Congratulations & Best Wishes to Team @republic led by #ArnabGoswami. Nation looks forward to true journalism back on the centre stage.

Welcome Back Arnab Goswami. Wish a Grand success for Republic TV. The Nationalist Media with International vision.@republic

BJP Spokespersons

"Being a Nationalist is a prerequisite to being a Journalist" - @republic. Wish every Journalist, every Indian thought like that.

Welcome back Arnab @republic

The unprecedented amount of love showered on Republic TV’s launch by folks from BJP is not surprising though considering Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar who is NDA’s vice-chairman in Kerala is a prominent investor.

MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar biggest investor in Arnab Goswami's republic

It is to be seen whether Arnab Goswami exposes the politician-mafia nexus in BJP ruled statues just like he has in a non-BJP state like Bihar with his Lalu Prasad-Liquor don Shahabuddin story. Bihar has had a liquor ban for just about 2 years, Gujarat has had one for many decades and everybody knows what goes around here.

For a long time now, Arnab Goswami’s journalism has looked like an extension of BJP’s propaganda arm. Recently, after the Sukma attack, he tweeted four times targeting everyone except the Government.

Arnab Goswami's tweets after Sukma attacks

In 2014, when a Naxal attack had happened in the same region, he had questioned the role of UPA’s Home Ministers namely P Chidambaram, Shivraj Patil and Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Since Arnab refused to question the ruling BJP Governments in Chhattisgarh and Delhi for the Sukma attack, he’s probably seen as an ally and which is possibly why everybody in BJP’s rank and cadre can’t stop gushing about his new channel.

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