Arnab Goswami is facing Twitter fury after he called Keralites ‘shameless’. Goswami was lambasted on social media after a 30 second video clip of him purportedly calling “a group” the “most shameless bunch of Indians I have ever seen” went viral on social media.
The channel discussion was based on the controversies regarding the UAE’s financial aid of Rs 700 crore. In the introduction to the debate, Goswami called people who are criticising the Indian government in this regard, ‘anti-national’, ‘paid agents’ and ‘shameless’.
A video uploaded on social media channels showed him saying: “What a shame, what a conspiracy, what a cheap act. How anti-national can you get? How much hate, how much malice… But most of all, let me tell you… This group is shameless, it is the most shameless bunch of Indians I have ever seen.”
— B R U T U (@BrutuTweets) August 25, 2018
“This group is shameless, is the most shameless bunch of Indians I have ever seen, they have gone around spreading the lie religiously. I don’t know what they get for it. Whether they get paid for it? Do they get paid money for abusing their own country? Are they part of a group who are they funded by? Point is it is a conspiracy to malign India,” he asked the discussion panellists who were spreading lies. Within moments, the social media was overflowed with comments ridiculing Goswami.
Some have said that Goswami’s comment was taken out of context and his comment was only for those who were spreading “fake news” about other countries sending financial aid to India and the centre refusing the aid.
But Did Arnab Goswami call Keralites shameless?
Lie: Arnab Goswami insulted people of Kerala by calling them shameless.
Handle spreading falsehood: @Advaidism
Truth: “People of Kerala have been physically vulnerable and pyschologically resilient. They have shown how great they have been as people”. #KeralaFloods #Kerala pic.twitter.com/4S17HEOuWP
— Pradeep Bhandari (@pradip103) August 25, 2018
However, when one watches the video closely, it becomes obvious that Arnab Goswami is not calling Keralites shameless but those people who spread the lie about the 700 crore rupees aid from UAE.
It’s them that he is calling anti-nationals, shameless and paid agents in the video. But several ‘trolls’ who used the Kerala floods to fan regionalist sentiments on social media and fuel a North-South divide, twisted Arnab’s words to paint him as abusing Keralites.
Kerala floods were used by a certain section of the political spectrum to fan separatist sentiments.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor jumped on the bandwagon to condemn Republic TV’s editor Arnab Goswami’s controversial remarks
Given the disgraceful attacks on Malayalis in general by some petty minds, it’s time for us to stand up for ourselves. Let’s evoke the reasons why we are #ProudToBeMalayali.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 26, 2018
Here’s why the controversy erupted!
The controversy has erupted ever since Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan put out a tweet on August 21 claiming that the UAE offered a Rs 700 crore to Kerala, considering the Gulf nation’s special relationship with Kerala. His tweet came two days after prime minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted that his country has formed a committee for extending help to flood affected people in Kerala.
However, later, the UAE ambassador Ahmed Albanna clarified that there has been no official announcement so far by the UAE on any specific amount as financial aid. This led to a political storm, as the Kerala BJP unit urged CM Vijayan to reveal the source of his information that the UAE promised Rs 700 crore.
Why India doesn’t accept aid from foreign governments
India has refused to accept foreign aid for disasters since 2004, when a tsunami killed more than 10,000 people on its southeast coast.
The government founded the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the incident, and vowed to clean things up on its own.
India has remained steadfast in refusing foreign aid ever since — even after disastrous flooding killed more than 5,000 people in the northern state of Uttarakhand in 2013.
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