Stop Republic TV from hurting me and my family: Anti-nuclear activist SP Udayakumar writes to Press Council

Talking about the "sting operation" reportage being carried out by Republic TV, raising allegations against him of receiving foreign funds, Udayakumar, in the letter gave a detailed description of the events that played out before the reportage.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 10:47 am
republic tv, arnab goswami, udayakumar, press council of india, kudankulam nuclear power plant, anti nuclear protest, udayakumar arnab People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE convenor) S P Udayakumar. (File)

Anti-nuclear activist S P Udayakumar, known for his protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant project, on Thursday wrote a letter to Press Council of India chairman Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad raising allegations of harassment against news channel Republic TV. In his letter, Udayakumar said he wishes to bring the council’s attention towards the “ongoing deceit and harassment of me and my family by Mr. Arnab Ranjan Goswami and a few of his colleagues such as Shweta and Sanjeev from the Republic TV.”

Talking about the “sting operation” reportage being carried out by the channel, raising allegations against him of receiving foreign funds, Udayakumar, in the letter, gave a detailed description of the events that played out before the reportage. Describing Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami as “abhorrent, abrasive and even abusive”, the PMANE convenor said he gave his clarifications in a panel discussion on Republic TV.

He further added that reporter Sanjeev from the channel harassed his family members while he was taking part in the channel’s panel discussion. “As I was taking part in their discussion from Kumbakonam town where I was attending an agitation, Republic TV reporter Sanjeev was standing in front of my home at Nagercoil from 2 pm till 11 pm that night harassing my parents aged 85 and 82 respectively, my wife and school-going son,” Udayakumar wrote. He further added that the reporters, continued “hounding” his family members with “their high-handed behaviour” in a bid to seek a response from them over the allegations, even after they told them that he was out of town.

Udayakumar also alleged that the channel is showing “slanderous reports” about him in a bid to “raise the TRP rate”. Asking PCI to intervene and stop Republic TV from causing more “mental agony to me and my entire family”, the anti-nuclear activist said such behaviour should be unacceptable in a democracy. “This kind of indecent and abusive behavior of an anchor and reporters is unacceptable in a democracy… may I request you to do the needful to stop this anti-people TV from hurting me and more people in future, please,” he wrote in the letter.

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    Dr. S. Chakravarty
    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:03 pm
    Surprising! If he has done no wrong why should he fear facing the reporter's. Asking questions does become hounding only when there is something fishy. Mr. Uday should come and explain everything whatever is being questioned if he is clean. If not then such allegations are forthcoming as we see from politicians. Very unfortunate that and more importantly if the matter is of national interest and security.
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      C N Raghuraman Raghuraman
      Jun 24, 2017 at 3:50 pm
      Now Udayakumar is politician of first order. When exposed he berates like a politician He is a fake activist who can not face facts. Because of him good NGOs will be affected
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        Kapil Bajaj
        Jun 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm
        TV channels, including Arnab Goswami's, were not 'abusive' and 'anti-democratic' when they were giving substantial coverage to the anti-nuclear plant demonstration stewarded by Udaykumar. They became 'abusive' and 'anti-democratic' only when they started to question the source of Udaykumar's motivation and funding. Udaykumar has a very nuanced understanding of India's 'democracy' which has a base of over 100 billion people but needs foreign funds to make its voice heard.
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          Kapil Bajaj
          Jun 24, 2017 at 2:44 pm
          A correction: I meant 'a base of 100 crore', not '100 billion'.
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          V A Krishnan
          Jun 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm
          Uday kumar is a goonda and deserves public bashing.
          1. S
            Jun 23, 2017 at 3:22 pm
            Actually Mr. Uday Kumar Republic doe not require TRP's, we have rigid feeling that the news they broadcast is at-least 75 of TRUTH. Arnab and his channel already blessed with lot of popularity. I wonder if he plans to join politics in future we will still support him.
            1. B
              Jun 23, 2017 at 3:51 pm
              also send your sister to sleep with him
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                C N Raghuraman Raghuraman
                Jun 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm
                Friend there is a limit to which one can express. This kind of expression is not dignified. I know I am inviting some barbs from you
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                  abhijit khopkar
                  Jun 24, 2017 at 7:23 pm
                  Here you lose the debate.
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                    N Sabesan
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm
                    perhaps that is what you adopt in cases where your interest lies! My friend, be decent in your language!
                    1. S
                      Jul 7, 2017 at 8:54 am
                      please send your sister and also your mom to me
                  2. N
                    Jun 23, 2017 at 3:01 pm
                    HA HA HA - Seee..Mr SP Udayakumar, now do not shout that there is no freedom of Press during Modi Era - as cried out by Liberal Mafia - Never realised that there can be media that is not singing to your tune, Mr Udayakumar By the by - what does S P stands for in your name ? Too well guarded secret uh?
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                      Ml Pandit
                      Jun 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm
                      How can an anti-nuclear activist be scared of a TV channel exposures while other activists and their opponents are bearing with hundreds of TV channels and media outlets?
                      1. P
                        Jun 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm
                        Sorry for the straight talk- antinuclear agitation has taken a form of a fight between converts and others. Possibility of getting more funds from church is driving agitating leaders to come out with mob, without providing any practical alternative to power cuts in TN. I faced 12 hr power cuts for continuous 6-months in OMR... Good or bad, this project is coming out to be a solution. Lets accept it.
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