New Delhi: A day after Times Now Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami demanded strict action against “pseudo-secular and pro-Pakistan” journalists on his primetime Newshour debate on July 26, NDTV consulting editor Barkha Dutt lashed out at her former colleague with a strongly worded Facebook post criticising Goswami for his “cowardly hypocrisy”.
In a Facebook post, Dutt said she is ashamed to be from the same industry as Goswami who called for gagging of media. On the Newshour debate, Goswami had called some rival channels sympathisers of militants and pro-Pakistan. He demanded stringent punishment for them.
Barkha Dutt took strong exception to the #ProPakistanDoves term used by him to describe journalists and questioned his silence over the alliance agreement between BJP and PDP that commits them to talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s own Pakistan outreach.
She also expressed disgust over sections of media’s silence on Goswami calling them ISI agents. “Imagine, a journalist actually exhorts the government to shut down sections of the media, misrepresents them as ISI agents and terror sympathisers, calls for them to be tried and acted against. And our fraternity remains locked into politically correct and timid silence,” wrote the NDTV journalist.
“So he drones on and on about Pro Pakistan Doves without one word on the JK alliance agreement that commits the BJP and PDP to talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and is silent on Modi’s own Pakistan outreach- neither of which I object to- but since Arnab Goswami measures patriotism by such views why is he so silent on the government? Chamchagiri?” wrote Barkha.