It is virtual war now between the TV channels.
On one side are Times Now,Newsx and Zee and on the other are NDTV, India Today Aaj Tak and some others which are not in that league so to say.
Abuse and threats have become the staple data for users of social media for a long time especially since the notorious section under the IT Act was nullified by the Supreme Court last year.
But this vicious war has turned into a national vs anti- national war mongering ever since the JNU event worked out a week back.
The huge hate mail that anchors like Arnab Goswami,Gautam Shivshankar, Rajdeep Sardesai, Barkha Dutt and Rahul Kanwal have been getting over the social media would upset normal mortals.There are exceptions like Ravish Kumar who left Facebook because he could not cope with the kind of abusive language he was bombarded with.
But for others their likes and followers far outnumber their enemies and they are probably basking in the glory of their hits after the supporters and opponents of Kanhaiya Kumar started targeting their card board enemies.
My first reaction to the latest war is how can people with names like Sitaram (Yechury) or Kanhaiya be called anti-national.Their roots can be traced, I mean the roots of their names, can be traced long back into the ancient Indian culture the new nationalists are claiming as their own.
Surprisingly, the newspapers have also joined this war. If Rajdeep Sardsai wrote an edit in the Hindustan Times saying ‘I am an anti-national’ the Times of India followed it up with an edit by their star columnist Chetan Bhagat next day titled, “We are all anti nationals”.
If you don’t subscribe to the TOI you must be an alien.
And if you do subscribe to TOI please ask Chetan Bhagat who gave him the power of attorney to declare that all of us are anti-national?
By Amitabh Srivastava
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