The voice goes silent, for now

For years now the Nation knew where to turn to for their answers every night, what if it just left them with even more questions.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2016 12:11 am
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The Nation has lost its biggest voice. Now no one will ask questions, at least till the Nation’s voice, the question mark that hangs over all that is wrong with the Nation, finds a new platform to vent its voice.

For years now the Nation knew where to turn to for their answers every night, what if it just left them with even more questions. Soon that hour will fall silent, ‘quiet’ literally. That silence will be a void hard to fill. And coming soon after the high-decibel Diwali, this bit of silence will be louder than anything the Nation has heard for long.

But then the voice of the Nation has promised to be back, maybe with something louder, some place where more questions are asked, someplace where lesser voices will be heard. The ‘game has just begun’ for the Nation, and certainly for the softer, quieter new channels out there.

Interrogative journalism will be back, upholding the voice of the Nation, to take on the rest of the world. The BBC, CNNs and Al Jazeeras might do well by going for a larynx replacement and also add more panels to their screens so that there are more people in the frame to hear to their voice when it speaks. That is how the Nation loves it. Yes, clutter adds edge to noise.

Will this lull on Indian television spurn a gaggle of louder, more patriotic, channels, or maybe give someone the guts to experiment with something quieter? Only time will tell. So what happens next? We can only say, the Nation wants to know.

Views expressed by the author are personal.

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First Published on: November 1, 2016 7:31 pm
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    GandhiSpeaks
    Nov 3, 2016 at 3:43 am
    Good riddance to bad journalism, and noice. He was all noice and like some one said he wanted the guests to say what he wanted to hear. The news hour was an overrated and over advertised event. Whatever be the reason I hope sense prevailed at Times
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      S.Dinesh.
      Nov 3, 2016 at 2:17 pm
      No one will miss 'Oh no, Goswami' ! He was the 'noise', not the 'voice' of the nation !
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        Roger That
        Nov 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm
        Arnab Debates were waste of time, being a moderator he should have been a nutral speaker and let people hear both side of the story. But his phylosophy was my way or the highway. WORST KIND OF DEBATE and the worst part people liked it
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          Aditya
          Nov 2, 2016 at 8:03 am
          Like him or hate him, you cannot ignore him! Agreed that he is not right all the time but he has traversed the path where no one dared earlier. It is debatable as to whether the change has he brought in Indian TV Media is good or bad but he has been a game changer for sure!
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            Kumar
            Nov 3, 2016 at 11:29 am
            I stopped seeing news hour long back its nothing but cacophony.
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              P.A.Chacko
              Nov 3, 2016 at 1:07 pm
              No one will miss Mr Sound and Fury, Mr. Rajan. Your eulogy is superb. may be you will be the next crown prince. Indian journalism doesn't need guys who take the audience for a ride with their lung power and visceral anger. Be sensible, dear!
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                Colonel Tyagi
                Nov 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm
                Mr. Nandagopal, you jumped the gun too soon. Arnab is back and as always voicing the common people's pulse. Better get this article removed.
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                  Colonel Tyagi
                  Nov 4, 2016 at 3:31 am
                  Phrases like "conscience keeping", "non prejudice" etc are just that. Media has failed the common man for the last 70 years by cozying up with politicians and bureaucrats. Arnab's tough questions and shouting at politicians and mullas and fathers and fake babas is making established figures uneasy and agitated.
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                    Kul Bhushan
                    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:44 am
                    Illogical questions in high decibels shall no longer be asked. BJP shall lose their anchor too for some time.
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                      Sriniwasan
                      Nov 2, 2016 at 3:15 am
                      Evenings with Times Now was more of high decibel noise coming only from the anchor himself.Pointed Questions were asked and the panellists were bludgeoned to submission to answer what the anchor wants to hear.
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                        ASIT
                        Nov 3, 2016 at 6:44 am
                        is he really vanishing? what a relief /no more barking/
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                          Mohan
                          Nov 26, 2016 at 3:05 pm
                          It would be much better if ALL channels reserve 9 O' Clock news for NEWS..... lt;br/gt;The debates can find some other slot. lt;br/gt;Why can't our TV news anchors moderate the discussion in a better way by allowing the speakers to air their views and opinions, one by one and not everybody clutter in one messy noise........lt;br/gt; One way would be to cut off the mike after the allotted minute or so. Remember how the US presidential candidates put through their views, some times totally tangential....lt;br/gt;I yearn for such a news channel....lt;br/gt;Nation can listen and decide.... It does not have to be thrust down their throat.
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                            shahid
                            Nov 4, 2016 at 2:00 am
                            Yes noise has gone at least for now.
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                              mathimathi
                              Nov 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                              Loud mouth ho jaega vaapas soft mouth saath mein Pheku saakshaatkaar ya aur bhee soft mouth ya ka jor
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                                Murulidhara H
                                Nov 3, 2016 at 4:32 am
                                Surely he was drawing the 'first blood' from all panelists! He was making sure very loudly that none of the panelists go out of track!! I think, whatever may be his mindset, viewers had good time p and knowledge to share.
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                                  Nihar Satpathy
                                  Nov 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm
                                  You got it wrong. Arnab Goswami is on the show tonight. Interestingly one of the panelists began the debate by saying:"Arnab, welcome you back to Times Now."
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                                    naresh
                                    Nov 3, 2016 at 3:37 pm
                                    Goswami was the only pot belly anchor who did not give BJP their due when they won the elections.
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                                      George
                                      Nov 3, 2016 at 10:07 am
                                      Actually pulse of the nation is another phrase for prejudice of the nation. Media is supposed to be the conscience of society, not its emotional, reactionary pulse. Of course, Arnab got the pulse and he got the fever of nationalism, like a school boy in Khakhi.
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                                        Leo
                                        Nov 3, 2016 at 5:22 pm
                                        Is he really gone. I guess I saw him today on news hour.... The nation wants to know. Or was it his ghost. It's all cacophony without any suggestion of merit and analysis. I anyways prefer watching news channels that are soft on my ear drums and don't leave me with a high BP
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