Arnab Goswami is the most popular journalist in India right now. He changed the way news channel runs with his anchoring style. His popular phrase ‘The nation wants to know’ was very popular and no less than any popular dialogue from any film. At 9 PM, when Indians were busy with Saas Bahu serials, he made lots of them to change channel and watch his programme.
Panelists in his show would be scared to argue in front of him. Such is his power. Arnab Goswami has been a sensation in Indian journalism owing to his majesty in presentation of news and the loved and hated news hype. You can love him or hate him, but there is surely no ignoring Arnab Goswami.
At an interview, he was recorded stating that the rat race within the Indian media is not something he is proud of. Yet, now that he is a part of the rat race, he wants to be the fastest rat around. Arnab has surely had his own set of rises and falls. Unlike most other journalists in the country, a big time crisis came Arnab’s way as early as his initial days of career. His early career after debuting at The Telegraph, was as a reporter in NDTV 24*7. He was sent to Purnia, a small constituency in Bihar from where he was supposed to report election related updates and interview Pappu Yadav, an infamous politician from Bihar with a proud criminal record.
The man was notoriously popular for all his misdeeds in the area. Regardless of that impression, Arnab interviewed Pappu Yadav and then set out towards heading back to his office, but wasn’t allowed to! Pappu Yadav’s folk threatened Arnab that no one leaves without the permission of Pappu, and that Arnab has to stay at Purnia for as long as the political leader wills him to.
It was natural that Arnab Goswami was panic stricken, owing to the record that Pappu Yadav holds. However, the kidnap turned out to be a very funny experience in Arnab’s life. Arnab’s abduction by Pappu Yadav was in fact political campaigning, and Pappu Yadav had his own unique way of utilizing this journalist for his own benefit. The politician took him around for nearly three days and presented him at every big and small meeting he attended. What he did there was showcase Arnab Goswami to the public and declare that this journalist had come to Purnia from the BBC. According to his story, the BBC had made a prediction that Pappu Yadav shall win the elections that year from the Purnia constituency
The trick actually seemed to work on the public of Bihar. They neither questioned the claim nor posed any doubts, and simply stared at Arnab with no expressions on their face. Were those expressionless faces a symbol of disbelief or of blind acceptance, Arnab couldn’t say.
Nonetheless, Arnab Goswami’s abduction story and the way he narrates it out brings forward his light-hearted side. The tough man who yells at panelists and never gives them a chance to complete has had his own odds in the journey of becoming one of India’s topmost journalists.