Controversies are not new for Arnab Goswami, the famous Indian news anchor and the current managing director and editor-in-chief of Republic Media Network. The firebrand journalist who worked in Times Now and ET Now from 2006 to 2016 as the editor-in-chief and a news anchor, now owns two channels named Republic TV in English and Republic Bharat in Hindi.
* The popularity showered its love towards him the first when his shows featured personalities like such as Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, Benazir Bhutto, Hamid Karzai and Narendra Modi. His resignation from Times Now alleging lack of journalistic freedom and newsroom politics became the talk of the town.
* The second time was when he was accused of opinionated reporting in the support of BJP and Hindutva and purposefully avoiding criticism of BJP members. His image was continuously linked with his likeness towards the ruling party and received severe criticism.
* The third controversy was the civil defamation case filed by the parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor in the Delhi High Court against him and Republic TV for broadcasting news items claiming Tharoor’s link in his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death in 2014.
* In 2018 Arnab became the victim.of keralites’ hatred as he called keralites as the “most shameless bunch of Indians I have ever seen” during a discussion.
*In 2019, RepublicTV was asked to broadcast a public apology for violating the standard prohibitions on racial and religious stereotyping.
* In 2020, FIR was filed against Goswami for using inflammatory language and broadcasting misinformation in connection with the 2020 Palghar mob lynching case.
* The latest controversy was Goswami’s arrest by Mumbai Police on 4 November 2020 claiming as the reason for the suicide of Anvay Naik.
The most controversial journalist of India, Arnab who was born on 7 March 1973, in Guwahati, Assam as the son of Manoranjan Goswami and Suprabha Gain-Goswami. His father wasa BJP candidate in 1998 loksabha election from Guwahati constituency. His maternal grandfather, Gaurisankar Bhattacharyya served Assam by being the part of Opposition as an elected legislator of CPI.
He was graduated from the Hindu College in Delhi University in Sociology and pursued his post graduation in Social Anthropology at Oxford University. His Samyabrata Ray Goswami is also a journalist.
Goswami started his career as a journalist working with The Telegraph in Kolkata before joing NDTV. After being a popular host of talk shows and discussions he became a part of Times now and later ET now as its editor-in-chief. Goswami launched Republic TV on 6 May 2017 and is acting as the managing director and Editor-in-Chief since then.