The editor in chief of the news channel Republic Bharat , Arnab Goswami , is a name which is not less popular since long. Now a days , it’s been more on people’s mind as , he asserted that his wife, Samyabrata Ray Goswami, and he were attacked by the goons , sent by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, on their way back home. In his video message, Arnab said that the goons blocked his car and stopped to check if it was him.
He took to his twitter account and posted the video in which , he is seen narrating the incident .
Have a look at his post below:
The channel also claims that “the goons confessed ,they were sent by Congress party higher-ups to teach Arnab a lesson”.
Today, we are presenting you 7 lesser known facts about Arnab Goswami .
Let’s have a look:
1. He was accused of faking a car attack
As this recent incident was asserted by Arnab and no other news channel , it’s authenticity is still questionable. In the past , Arnab was accused for faking his car accident.
In 2017, Rajdeep Sardesai had written: “Wow! My friend Arnab claims his car attacked next to CM Res in Guj riots! Truth: he wasn’t covering Ahmedabad riots!!”
He also tweeted: “Fekugiri has its limits, but seeing this, I feel sorry for my profession.” . The incident was actually described by Sardesai in his book 2014: The Election That Changed India. He wrote, “The gang wasn’t willing to listen. ‘Hamein chief minister se matlab nahi, aap log apna identity dikha’ (We don’t care about the chief minister. Show your identity cards). I showed by official press card and got my cameraperson Narendra to play a clip from the interview with Modi. ‘Look,’ I shouted, ‘look at this interview. Can’t you see we are journalists?’ After fifteen tense minutes and after watching the tape, they seemed to calm down a bit and we were finally allowed to go. Our trembling driver Siraj was in tears. My own fear at a near-death experience was now replaced by a seething rage. If, just a few kilometres from the chief minister’s house, Hindu militant gangs were roaming freely on the night of 2 March, then how could the chief minister claim the situation was under control? We were unnerved and visibly shaken. Images of those crazed faces and their shining weapons haunted me for day afterwards.”
2. His wife is also a journalist
Samyabrata Ray Goswami, wife of Arnab, is also a journalist and news producer who is currently the editor and co-owner of Arnab’s channel. She began her career as a print media journalist and has worked in several publications, such as Anand Bazaar Patrika, Tehelka and Down to Earth. She worked with ABP till Arnab launched Republic TV. One of her notable works include breaking the news of Sheena Bora being the daughter of Indrani Mukerjee and not sister.
3. He has ‘Y’ category security
Arnab has a y category security , which includes round-the-clock protection from around 11 personnel and 1 or 2 armed commandos for close proximity protection.
4. His first interview with Sonia Gandhi
Being a journalist, Arnab’s first ever interview was with Congress leader, Sonia Gandhi. The interview turned out to be in favour for him as it got him accolades for interviewing a personality like Sonia Gandhi .
However, on being asked about one person he tried to interview but failed so far, he said, “As a young reporter, I was able to get Sonia Gandhi’s interview on the tarmac of the Palam Airport. Some short interactions in the years after that. But I would really like the opportunity for a sit down interview with her.”
5. Arnab was good at debating since school days.
Arnab Goswami is always known for his outspoken attitude and aggression in his anchoring . In an interview , he reveals about his passion for debating, was his school hobby too . “Earlier, in studio, I used to have very calm, quiet discussions…so I used to really miss debating. Later when I got the chance to start a news channel of my own, then I really came back to my old habits. And the last 7-8 years my hobby, school hobby of debating, has become my career. And I have never enjoyed myself more on a daily basis,” he told a radio channel.
6. He loves Bollywood & occasional reading
In one of his earlier interviews with Scroll.in he mentioned that he loves Bollywood besides news. He said, “I love Bollywood. I watched Tanu Weds Manu Returns and loved it. I read, but not as much as I should. Fiction is not really my cup of tea. I am currently lapping up Coomi Kapoor’s book on the Emergency.”
7. Arnab Goswami is from a political family.
Arnab’s father , Manoranjan Goswami is a retired army officer and a BJP member. He has contested as a BJP candidate in the Indian general election, from Guwahati. His paternal grandfather, Rajani Kanta Goswami was a lawyer and Congress leader. And his maternal grandfather, Gauri Sankar Bhattacharya was a communist and leader of the opposition for many years in Assam.
In an interview , upon being asked about his leanings of politics , he said, “I never describe myself in definitions because it’s very difficult to do that. The reason I’m telling you this is because socially, I’m very progressive. I’m for LGBT rights, etc. On issues related to India, I’m very conservative. On issues related to the economy, I’m for the free market. On issues related to religion, I myself go to all places of worship, so I’m truly secular in that sense. I’m neither AAPtard, Congi or Sanghi; I’m Arnab. I don’t want to waste my time in trying to define myself.”
We hope , you now know Arnab Goswami a little more then earlier .