NDTV’s Ravish Kumar brings in mime artists on ‘Prime Time’ to make a strong point

The mime artists tried to depict how the situation will turn out to be if those who asked questions were silenced by the government.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 5, 2016 2:34 pm
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Support poured in from across the country for Hindi news channel NDTV India after the Information and Broadcasting ministry announced that the channel will be taken off-air for 24 hours on November 9 because of its coverage on Pathankot terror attacks. The ministry’s panel said NDTV’s reporting compromised national security.

However, it did not take much time when people from within the media fraternity and outside questioned government’s move to single out NDTV when most of the channels reported the Pathankot attack somewhat similarly. Everyone waited for Ravish Kumar’s prime time on Friday – first after announcement of the ban – to see what was in store.

Ravish – who has carved a niche for himself for his unconventional style of reporting, anchoring and long monologues which sometimes stretch for more than 10 minutes – did not disappoint as he invited mime artists on his show to put forward his point.

‘Prime Time’ show began with a short presentation on Delhi’s growing pollution with Ravish’s narration with indirect references to the ban on NDTV and how the situation for a reminiscent of the emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government. He then went on to share the ages-old Sanskrit fable of young ‘Nachiketa’ who infuriates his father by questioning his deeds in an attempt to make a connection between government’s crackdown on the channel and suppressing the freedom of press.

The mime artists tried to depict how the situation will turn out to be if those who asked questions were silenced by the government. On the other hand, it also tried to hint at the government’s attitude of avoiding question and keeping mum.

As the NDTV prime time began at 9 pm on Friday, social media users started putting out posts appreciating the scribe for another ‘unique’ attempt at taking on the establishment. Within minutes Ravish Kumar became a top tend on micro-blogging website Twitter managing to remain there till Saturday morning.

Not long ago, Ravish had drawn praise after a special episode questioning the ‘sensational’ style of reporting by news channels during the JNU episode. On the other hand, he has not been untouched by the criticism, sometimes reaching a point of ridicule and harassment.

The Telegraph, on its front page lead on Saturday, ran a story with a similar analogy with a headline ‘something is rotten in the state of Delhi’. On the other hand, the anchor faced criticism for giving the episode a ‘different turn’. Many alleged that NDTV and Ravish – in his prime time – tried to portray that government’s action against the channel was because of it questioning the administration while it was done to penalise them for putting security of the country in jeopardy.

A report by Factly on Saturday revealed that the I&B Ministry had taken action in only 88 cases since 2013 related to airing of ‘questionable’ content while it received thousands of complaints. This reinforces the point as to why the Ministry decide to target only one news channel and is there really a motive to muzzle its voice. An Indian Express report Saturday also showed that it was yet to be proved whether the ‘two terrorists’ in question about whom the channel had reported actually existed.

The report also mentions that other channels like News24, ABP and AajTak had also gave out similar information in their reports. However, the government stood firm on the decision with Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu saying that the ‘delayed criticism’ of ministry’s decision was politically motivated and that the ban was imposed to ensure ‘national security’ was not compromised.

While NDTV and Ravish Kumar managed to garner support using the unconventional approach, they failed to bring to light the facts that corroborated their point of view. The channel did not reveal what options it was considering to challenge the decision. Instead, most of such information seemed to come from other media houses and individuals.

Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju also posted on his Facebook account on Saturday that he had spoken with Ravish and told him that the ban on NDTV was illegal.

“Live coverage means showing scenes of security forces searching or pursuing terrorists, or fighting with them. Mere reporting about anti terrorist operations is not live coverage. NDTV had only reported about anti terrorist operations, but had not shown any scenes of security forces chasing or fighting with terrorists. So there was no live coverage. The ban was therefore clearly illegal,” wrote Katju.

Meanwhile, the tussle between government and media continues and it will only be revealed on November 9 whether the one-day ban on NDTV India is enforced or not. Political leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav among others have called for people and other media organisations to show their solidarity with the channel too. Prime Minister Narendra Modi however, has not made any statement on the issue so far.

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    A rana
    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:58 am
    Ravis kr is a grt artist and can play d victim card very well bcoz he has practiced it by reporting for several victims of a particular community. He will get support from all his followers especially from some peace loving community getting education in insutions like JNU and shouting "Bharat Tere Tilde Honge". The insutions like NDTV r foreign fundelt;br/gt;d and it is imp that such voices r muzzled
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      Grbairagi
      Nov 6, 2016 at 12:50 am
      No comprise with nation safety.lt;br/gt;Council decision very good..
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        Jim
        Nov 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm
        Ravish was flirting with anti national fetishes got his just rewards. He has enough time to redeem himself. If he wants.
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          SubbuI
          Nov 5, 2016 at 9:52 am
          ABKIBAAR HITLER SARKAR:-lt;br/gt;NO INQUIRYlt;br/gt;NO WARNINGlt;br/gt;NO EXPLANATINSlt;br/gt;NO REPLY SOUHTlt;br/gt;NO DEFENDINGlt;br/gt;ONLY ACTIONlt;br/gt;BAN.BLACKMAIL. ENCOUTERlt;br/gt;SAB KALLASlt;br/gt;ABKIBAAR MODI SARKAR
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          1. अजय बसंत
            Nov 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm
            रविश जी lt;br/gt; अगर आप सच कहेंगे तो इनको मिर्ची तो लगेगी ही। फिर ये आप के खिलाफ कुछ न कुछ कहेंगे ही । अपने खिलाफ इनको कुछ भी हजम नही होता। आपकी साफगोई के लिए आप को साधुवाद
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              ashok
              Nov 5, 2016 at 10:53 am
              first of all the action taken by the govt after going throw the procedure. if NDTV have anything to say they can approach the court of law. But the truth is ndtv still not digest Modi as PM. they're behaving like an opposition party but want to enjoy the freedom of press. the Indian media totally divided today. only sympathiser of ndtv think this an emergency others not the on same page with them.
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                Aloena
                Nov 5, 2016 at 6:14 pm
                If ndtv exposed secrets, how did they get it? Is someone responsible being investigated for handing over the secrets to ndtv? Shouldn't the defence minister be held responsible and resign for the failure to keep the secrets?
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                  amir amir
                  Nov 5, 2016 at 10:51 am
                  Ravish is the best journalist, my favourite anchor,
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                    Amit
                    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:17 pm
                    The good thing about this ban is that it FORCED NDTV to accept who they really are - a bunch of mimics!!! lol......
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                      Dash
                      Nov 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                      Banning NDTV for 1 day is unjustified. It should have been pemanently banned for helping jihadis directly and indirectly. This Rubbish is a joker who can not thonk beyond caste(Kaun jaat ho?)
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                        Bibhuti
                        Nov 5, 2016 at 10:52 am
                        Good Job Ravish...Keep it up...We indian support you..Those who r crying for national security and abusing media for deshbhakti are real dnager for the country...Keep doing the unbiased reporting..
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                          Birind
                          Nov 10, 2016 at 10:54 am
                          haa haa haa ravishau... bahutmari trolwa ... ha ha ha lampatau jabra mare rowahe na de... ha ha gularwa ta thikba genwa??
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                            Gowdam
                            Nov 5, 2016 at 10:17 am
                            Good! NDTV must be punished for anti-army tactics. Ravish is known for playing victim card. Let him do that. Audience know the truth.
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                              Pankaj
                              Nov 7, 2016 at 3:08 am
                              Ravish is one of biased journalist in India. He is very selective in his approach on choosing topics of so-called debate. Before Bihar Election, he was very active and was clearly shown his intentions (supporter of Nitish Lalu). Intolerance, JNU, Vyapam, Lalit Modi....It is a endless list.
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                                javed attar
                                Nov 5, 2016 at 10:21 am
                                there is so much politics in everythings nowdays,do not know who is right who is wrong..sad but true
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                                  akash
                                  Nov 5, 2016 at 11:42 am
                                  Argument in first place is that if government found ndtv reporting as compromising national security they should have approached courts instead of taking easy but dangerous way out.
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                                    Pre Sphinx
                                    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:44 am
                                    Ravish is best journalist in india though he is some what left leaning and biased, today left is seen as if some kind of abomination but should remember that our state got independence on socialistic principle
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                                      Hawrie
                                      Nov 6, 2016 at 4:18 am
                                      "Prime Minister Narendra Modi however, has not made any statement on the issue so far." - When has Modi ever made a statement on matters of importance? All he has spewed is rhetoric with little impact.
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                                        img
                                        Nov 5, 2016 at 9:35 am
                                        NDTV tried to portray that government’s action against the channel was because of it questioning the administration while it was done to penalise them for putting security of the country in jeopardy. FACT.
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                                          Nov 5, 2016 at 9:35 am
                                          NDTV tried to portray that government’s action against the channel was because of it questioning the administration while it was done to penalize them for putting security of the country in jeopardy.
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                                            Nov 5, 2016 at 9:31 am
                                            No matter how much NDTV cry now, a BLOT has been slapped on this commie channel, what a tight slap by the Lion! From now on, NDTV will be called a channel THAT WAS BLOCKED FOR IT\'S ANTI NATIONAL ACTIVITY HA HA..................I like the way our PM FIXES these thugs. HE WAITS AND WAITS, when any of these s do a mistake, especially AGAINST INDIAN NATIONALISM HE FINISHES THEM off in one slap and THEY CAN NOT EVEN SAY OH because they err on nationalism.HA HA PM is great.It was long overdue to fix these traitor channels.
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