At 9 pm, the nation is considering observing 2 minutes of silence – at least till that familiar voice emanates from our TV sets yet again. The man who has dominated the 9 pm news slot on Indian television for the past decade or so, Arnab Goswami, has reportedly resigned from Times Now to start a venture. ‘Never ever ever ever again’ in the near future will people bear witness to debates that would challenge acceptable decibel levels, be more entertaining than an Ekta Kapoor serial, ask uncomfortable questions that Nation wants to know (whether the said Nation knew of its query or not), guests being reduced to tears on live TV or throwing mics and stomping off with such delicious frequency.
That will be a void that many will clamour to fill, but for now it seems like an uncomfortable quiet will rule the nights. Even Diwali has just gone by, and this explosion (as one Twitterati pointed out) came a day after. But when met with such a ‘loss’, the human tendency is to look back at the best times – and that is exactly what we’re doing here.
From when Goswami grilled Abhijit Mukherjee on his controversial comment on ‘dented and painted women’ and that awesome exchange with BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi on ‘never ever ever ever again’ having to be questioned on his integrity (we thank him for the various mash-up and remix inspiration he provided) as a journalist to the very recent incident of ruthlessly asking ex-ACP Shamsher Khan Pathan to leave the triple talaq debate and not to ever forget, his propensity to always voice what ‘the Nation wants to know’!
Here’s looking at five best Newshour debates that will forever be etched in our minds in no particular order:
When Goswami kicked out ex-ACP Shamsher Khan Pathan from the triple talaq debate
The most memorable ‘never ever ever ever…’ debate with BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi
The one with BJP leader Kailash Vijaywargia on the Asaram Bapu rape case
The 2012 debate with Abhijit Mukherjee on ‘Who are dented and painted women?’
The war of words with Congress leader Jagdish Tytler
Then there is the ‘never ever ever ever…’ remix we love
When Arnub came back…. (when will Arnab?)
Which of these is your favourite Newshour debate, or do you have another? Tell us in the comments below.