Nothing ever like it on Indian TV : Arnab Goswami’s veritable ‘Devil’s Dance’

Additional Secretary (retired), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt of India B. Raman writes in Sri Lanka Guardian about TIMES NOW Editor Arnab Goswami‘s theatrics while anchoring the prime times news at 9 on the Times Of India’s news channel:

 

Even if there is no exciting news, Arnab manages to produce excitement out of what is available.And when exciting news is available, Arnab keeps his viewers enthralled.

I understand Arnab Goswami of the Times Now news channel is an increasingly viewed news anchor of India today.

I am not surprised.
Ever since he started his 9 PM daily news programme, people no longer have to go to night clubs and bars for their evening excitement.

They get it in ample measure by watching his daily debates on the important news of the day.

It may not be appropriate to call them debates.
What he serves the viewers is a veritable Devil’s Dance— with no histrionics barred.
The more hysterical you are, the more valued you are by Arnab.
It is immaterial whether you know the subject, whether you have insights and whether you analyse lucidly.
What is important is your ability to add to the colour and excitement of his Devil’s Dance.
Things like Netiquette, politeness, courtesy, patience to let others speak, decorum, gravitas are not important.
It is not a debate, it is an exciting performance.
You can do anything so long as you attract viewers.
You can scream.
You can shout.
You can pull your hair and that of others.
You can try to monopolise the show by not letting others speak.
Not much is intelligible because everybody speaks and shouts at the same time.
As in some Greek shows where the author also joins the play as an active participant, Arnab is not just an anchor.
He also joins others in their histrionics.
There is never a dull moment in Arnab’s Devil’s Dance.
Even if there is no exciting news, Arnab manages to produce excitement out of what is available.
And when exciting news is available, Arnab keeps his viewers enthralled.
For the last three days, Indian TV news channels, which were going through the summer silly season, have found something exciting to show and talk about following the arrest of Abu Jundal, a co-conspirator of the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai, by the Saudi authorities and his transfer to Indian custody.
You can depend on Arnab to make the best out of the excitement.
His Devil’s Dance, full of anti-Pakistan histrionics, has acquired a new excitement, a new rhythm and new drum-beats.
Many retired spooks are happily joining the Devil’s Dance every day.
You can save money on going to bars and night clubs and instead watch Arnab’s show at 9 PM every night.
Nothing like it seen on Indian TV before.

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2 thoughts on “Nothing ever like it on Indian TV : Arnab Goswami’s veritable ‘Devil’s Dance’

  1. Some of us have more exciting things to do with our lives than watch the tamasha…And it’s so easy to switch it off with the remote button….So sad, Now it’s volume (quantity) and not quality that counts and the other anchor persons are just DIMWITS on TiMES now. Just imagine they went on and on about a 15 year old who fell into a well, screaming and admonishing the rescue team for being x amount of hours late when in REALITY the boy had fallen into a well FULL OF WATER and HENCE had DROWNED instantly (It takes 3 minutes for death by drowning…but ha ha the mentally retarded anchors at timesnow were imagining this was a replay of Alice In Wonderland whereby some dream chance there might have been a secret dry hideout somewhere in the well for the lad to hang out and if only these rescuers came on time they might save him from death from starvation or injury or whatever they had conceived in their minds!…….and so here we are, it’s either, Bollywood news, or Sports News (when there are umpteem sports channels that deal only with sports) or gangsters, and politicians preferably scamsters that come into your otherwise peaceful and happy existence to spoil your day but as I mentioned before… Thank Goodness we have that switch off button on our TV remote control

  2. Pingback: Open letter to Arnab Goswami by Madhu Kishwar « kracktivist

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