That saying, “for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes back into you,” is true. Kunal Kamra and Arnab Goswani’s recent controversy is a testament to Friedrich Nietzsche’s statement. On Tuesday, Kamra was in the same Indigo flight as Anchor Arnab Goswami… and what unfolded is the stuff what social media legends are made of… or is it?
Standup comedian Kunal Kamra, posted a video on social media networking site, Twitter, where he was giving Republic TV’s editor, anchor, Arnab Goswami a dose of his own medicine. Berating, bullying, screaming – THIS IS Arnab Goswami’s brand of journalism.
In the video Goswami is calmly sitting, wearing sunglasses, earphones dug in while Kamra is hurling questions at him like, “Viewers want to know if Arnab today is a coward or a nationalist? Arnab, this is for national interest. I am part of the tukde-tukde narrative. You should deflate me. You should take the enemy of the states down… Are you a coward or are you a journalist or a nationalist? Who are you, Arnab? Who are you? …”
Arnab Goswami’s ways are the meat for any comedian’s jokes. They nab at him, pull punches, jabs too but how far is going too far. Is it justified to employ the same means that you criticize others for? Isn’t it possible that Kamra’s subconscious backfired and what he hates, he became in that moment?
The Irony of Humour
Kamra is a standup comedian had he stuck to his own brand of comedy wouldn’t he had a more lasting impact.
In the wave of left liberalism aren’t we forgetting for a moment what is the right thing to do?
Arnab Goswami is an industry veteran, a public figure but he is also a HUMAN. That implies, he is entitled to the same right of privacy like everyone else. What clearly is wrong is the violation of Aranab’s privacy. If Kamara has a right to free speech according to the Indian constitution, the same constitution bestows Arnab his rights.
Kunal Kamra is a so-called social media influencer so imagine, if his followers might do the same to others, it’s a huge pitfall. Kunal is a public figure hence the scrutiny or support but if a common man does the same who’s there to protect them from who’s who?
The Real Deal
The game that Kunal Kamara played – Arnab Goswami invented it! And as a result, Kamara has done more damage to himself. He might be trending on twitter right now but for how long?
The only saving grace for Kamra here is a reaction from Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and various airlines like Air India, GoAir and SpiceJet, alongside IndiGo boycotting Kunal Kamra. The masses can now sympathise with him as a victim – without really questioning the motive behind the ‘outburst.’
So, perhaps next time Kunal take your cue from Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma and choose your public shaming targets wisely!