History was made on Tuesday evening as anchor-turned-gladiator Arnab Goswami, to the utter disbelief of his countrymen, let out a laugh in the midst of the Newshour. It was a moment to rejoice, as the prime-time outrage warrior turned into a mellow professor, explaining the wonders of Snapchat to his panelists. As Arnab said those magical words "Relax, guys!," the nation reached for their remote control.
The setting for the incredible transformation was a debate on Tanmay Bhat's controversial video mocking Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar. As the time came to take on the evil, unrelenting politician Shaina NC, our hero decided that it was time for definitions. "Snapchat is an instant message and multimedia mobile application used in the smartphone age. In fact, the video is deleted in a maximum period of 24 hours." There were some malicious attempts to interrupt Arnab, but they were made in vain.
Undeterred, Arnab provided perspective. "Drought is a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall leading to a shortage of water," he pointed out. Take that!
Yes, you heard it right — our hero actually knows what is drought, and even waged prime-time war on the subject as soon as the Bombay High Court linked it to the Indian Premier League.
But alas, the tranquility was short-lived. "One second, one second, one second...It's is a serious question!," went the crescendo. He went on to explain how "28,000 villages have been hit in Maharashtra across 20-22 districts by drought. What should be the concern of the Maharashtra government, Snapchat or drought?"
As he sent down a triumphant thump on the table, you could have heard a postmodern pin drop in the nation's collective conscience.
Never ever, ever, tell Arnab Goswami what the nation's priorities should be. There is the odd chance that he may be right.
Updated Date: May 31, 2016 13:33 PM