Arnab takes umbrage

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/09/2016

On Sunday separatist leaders in Kashmir snubbed  the efforts of five Opposition members of an all-party delegation that tried to to reach out to them. Arnab Goswami was so inflamed by the affront that his voice was shaking with indignation as he ranted about how Indian MPs had been humiliated by “Pakistani stooges” — Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and former Hurriyat chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat. The footage was certainly cringeworthy: Indian MPs standing outside Geelani’s door as supplicants and the separatist leader not even opening his door to them. Trust the Times Now anchor  to come out firing on all cylinders when he thinks the nation has been slighted. 


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