Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray greets his supporters after swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, Thursday. | PTI
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The arrest of Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami, regardless of the merits of the abetment to suicide case, is a stunning political development. It would have been unthinkable until recently. This is an act of great daring by Uddhav Thackeray and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra that needs to be seen in its political context.

Leave aside the Narendra Modi government’s alleged backing to Arnab Goswami or how cabinet ministers and senior BJP leaders came out in his support. Even without it, Arnab Goswami is a very powerful man. He is India’s rabble-rouser-in-chief. He riles people up every night. No single journalist was as responsible for the downfall of Congress-led UPA-2 as Arnab Goswami. In a country where politicians face little to no accountability for mass riots under their watch, Goswami’s arrest comes with a huge political message and far-reaching ramifications.


Also read: Bombay HC gives Arnab Goswami no interim relief, SC issues contempt notice on his plea


Neutralising BJP’s prime weapon against MVA

The manner in which Uddhav Thackeray became chief minister and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) came about despite the BJP’s best attempts — including the 7.50 am swearing-in of Devendra Fadnavis — has been a humiliation for the BJP. The party of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah has doubtless been trying to topple the MVA government just as it has toppled opposition governments in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, and came close to doing it in Rajasthan.

Arnab Goswami became a key player in the BJP’s effort to delegitimise the MVA government in Mumbai. As of now, with Goswami’s arrest, we can say the effort is backfiring on the BJP.

On 16 April, two sadhus and their driver were lynched in Palghar. BJP leaders, pro-BJP social media warriors and pro-BJP news media all tried to communalise the incident, trying to bring in a false Muslim angle one way or the other. Leading the pack was Arnab Goswami.


Also read: Arnab Goswami’s arrest exposes Right-wing hypocrisy on free speech and political vendetta


Uddhav 2.0

It was only last month that the Mumbai Police issued Arnab Goswami a show cause notice for his communally charged remarks on the Palghar incident. What happened between April and October is the story of the transformation of Uddhav Thackeray from Mr Nice Guy to the fighter who is ready to take on the Modi government at the Centre. In Mumbai’s political circles, he’s being called Uddhav 2.0.

As the Election Commission was not holding polls in May due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Uddhav Thackeray faced a peculiar situation of not being able to become a legislator within six months of his swearing-in. He had to make a call to the prime minister to make that happen.

The time has come to decide whether the opposition has to fight or cower in fear, Uddhav Thackeray said in an online meeting of opposition chief ministers with Sonia Gandhi in August. “Darna hai ya ladna hai,” he said.

Even if the BJP eventually manages to topple the Uddhav government, the chief minister has made it clear he’s not going down without a fight. That is the message in the arrest of Arnab Goswami.


Also read: Amit Shah, Jaishankar lead BJP protest against Goswami arrest, Congress calls out ‘hypocrisy’


Arnab’s miscalculation 

Arnab Goswami famously decided to base himself in Mumbai rather than Delhi because he wanted to be away from the ‘corrupting’ influence of Lutyens’ Delhi. He didn’t want to hang out with politicians in Delhi so that he does not get entangled in the power corridors of the national capital. Ironically, he has trapped himself in Mumbai’s power games in a much more insidious way.

Goswami had been daring Uddhav Thackeray for a while. After the Palghar incident, there were protests by migrant labourers in Bandra, which again Arnab Goswami tried to communalise by linking it to a nearby mosque. There was the Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case in which Arnab Goswami tried to suggest the role of the Shiv Sena, referring to malicious and baseless rumours of Aditya Thackeray’s involvement. Goswami’s attacks would be directly aimed at Uddhav Thackeray: ‘You will lose your job,’ speaking in a manner harsher than any opposition leader does.

Perhaps Arnab Goswami thought the Maharashtra government won’t be able to touch him. He was too big to be jailed. He had the backing of Delhi. Most of all, the Uddhav government wouldn’t arrest him for fear of looking vindictive. So he kept raising the stakes. Uddhav would look weak if he didn’t go after Arnab and he would look excessive if he did — this seemed to be his calculation. Uddhav has done what Arnab seemed to think was impossible: put India’s most feared TV news anchor in jail.


Also read: Republic TV, 2 other channels bribed households to manipulate TRPs — Mumbai Police


Preparing for the backlash

This is a message from Uddhav to Modi: stop messing with me. The message is daring to the extent that the Modi government is bound to react. Not only will the BJP do whatever it can to save Arnab Goswami, it could also strain relations in far-reaching ways between the Centre and the Maharashtra government. Isn’t Uddhav Thackeray afraid of the backlash? Has he chewed off more than he can bite?

The MVA government seems to be preparing for this backlash by playing the Marathi card, launching corruption investigations against the previous BJP government, and beginning to poach BJP leaders to weaken the party in Maharashtra. In other words, the MVA government is dealing with the challenges in the same manner that the Modi-Shah’s party does.

Marathi ‘asmita’

The Shiv Sena is presenting Arnab Goswami as an outsider who was hurting Marathi pride by attacking Uddhav Thackeray day in and day out. The more the Centre goes after the MVA government, the more it will strengthen the Marathi pride card of Shiv Sena, much like Narendra Modi used to speak of Gujarati ‘Asmita’ when he would face legal threats or media criticism from Delhi.

This is why associations of journalists in Maharashtra have refused to condemn Arnab’s arrest, while pointing out that he has been arrested in a case that has nothing to do with journalism or free speech. Even in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, Uddhav Thackeray responded to attempts to malign Aaditya Thackeray by playing the Marathi card: “Those crying for justice for Bihar’s son are indulging in character assassination of Maharashtra’s son,” he said.

From Bhagat Singh Koshyari of Uttarakhand to Kangana Ranaut of Himachal Pradesh, those attacking Uddhav Thackeray are, for the Shiv Sena, outsiders out to hurt Marathi pride.


Also read: Shiv Sena is ready with another ‘sons of the soil’ ploy — this time for poll-bound Bihar


Poaching mass leaders 

The Shiv Sena and the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have been weakening the BJP in Maharashtra in other ways. The BJP had shed its Brahmin-Baniya image in Maharashtra by carefully cultivating an OBC leadership but then made a Brahmin, Devendra Fadnavis, the chief minister. This helped the NCP in the 2019 Maharashtra assembly election. Now, the NCP has poached the BJP’s OBC leader, Eknath Khadse, a Leva Patel. The Shiv Sena is rumoured to be in talks with Pankaja Munde. Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar are doing to the BJP in Maharashtra what the BJP has been doing to opposition parties nationally: poach BJP leaders with some mass base.

Corruption investigations

The MVA government has already set-up a special investigation team to look into corruption charges in the Devendra Fadnavis government’s flagship scheme to raise ground water level in drought-prone districts, and has promised to investigate an alleged recruitment scam under Fadnavais’ watch.

When Arnab is out on bail…

What happens when Arnab Goswami gets bail, which he might get sooner than people ordinarily do, given that he can hire the best of lawyers who will also have the BJP’s support. Arnab Goswami will go back to his studio and continue his agenda against the Uddhav government. He’s practically the main opposition leader in Maharashtra now.

It is not as if Arnab Goswami wasn’t already attacking Uddhav Thackeray. He can’t do any more of it because he was doing that 24×7 anyway. The MVA government must be hoping that some cooling off time in jail will make Arnab Goswami wonder if it is worth it. It might help that a bevy of cases have been lined up against Arnab Goswami, and the Maharashtra government can keep arresting him.


Also read: If Uddhav Thackeray bows before Arnab Goswami’s dare, he will only weaken himself before BJP


Republic without Arnab 

Putting Arnab Goswami away in jail for a single day also serves the purpose of hitting Republic where it hurts. The English and Hindi channels both have Arnab Goswami as their main attraction. It is Arnab’s screaming and shouting that gets the TRPs and thus the advertising. With Arnab in jail, there will be no prime time entertainment. With so much else on the news cycle, how long will people watch anodyne anchors play victim on behalf of Arnab Goswami? The story will bore people and Republic TV and Republic Bharat’s ratings, rigged or not, will crash.

Uddhav Thackeray launched a blistering attack on the BJP and the Modi government recently in his Dusshera speech. He said, “It has been a year now. From the day I became the CM, it was being said that the state government will be toppled. I challenge and say that if you have the courage, do it and show.”

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  1. Converting Aarey area to a Natural Forest the only best decision.

    Moving the metro carshed .

    This was a success to be honest .But other things went wrong apart from this.

    Metro car shed in Mumbai to move from Aarey to Kanjurmarg

    Not enough: The committee said the car shed site in Aarey colony has a buildable area of only 23 hectares.

    Not enough: The committee said the car shed site in Aarey colony has a buildable area of only 23 hectares. |

    Environmentalists welcome decision; 800 acres in Aarey declared as forest area; cases against protesters to be dropped: Maharashtra CM

    Fulfilling one of its promises in the Shiv Sena election manifesto, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced the shifting of the Metro car shed from the Aarey forest area in the western suburbs to a government plot in Kanjurmarg in the eastern suburbs at “zero cost”.

    “We all are aware of the Metro car shed construction issues at Aarey.

    They were raised even before the Assembly elections last year.

    I was not the Chief Minister then but was heading the party contesting the elections, and we opposed the plan at that time,” Mr. Thackeray said in a webcast.

    “The car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg. So questions will arise as to who will bear these costs.

    Let me make this clear today. The State government has allotted the land for Metro for “zero rupees”,” he said.

    The Chief Minister said the move to build the car shed at Aarey had seen a lot of protests, agitations, cutting of trees at night, and charges filed against protesters.

    “The Cabinet has decided to drop all charges filed against the protesters striving to protect the environment,” he added.

    Mr. Thackeray said the building which has come up in the Aarey site will be utilised for some other public purpose. “About ₹100 crore expenditure was incurred for the purpose and it won’t go waste,” he said.

    Nearly 800 acres in Aarey has been declared as forest area, making it the first extensive forest blossoming within city limits anywhere in the world, the CM said.

    “The State government has ensured that the rights of the tribal communities, stable owners and other stakeholders in the area are protected,” he said.

    In another move likely to benefit Mumbaikars, Mr. Thackeray announced that Metro 3 and Metro 6 lines will be joined, facilitating direct connectivity of the eastern suburbs with south Mumbai.

    The 33.5 km fully underground Metro-3 line, being constructed by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., runs from Colaba in south Mumbai to Seepz in the western suburbs.

    The 14.47 km Metro 6 runs from Lokhandwala to Kanjurmarg.

    At the peak of protests by environment activists, students and residents over construction of the car shed in Aarey, the proposed site was cleared with the cutting of trees in the dead of the night.

    The Shiv Sena, which was then an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led ruling alliance in the State under Devendra Fadnavis, was vocal in its opposition to the construction.

    Cases had been filed against several green activists, political workers and students who were detained for opposing the government action.

    While Mr. Fadnavis remained undeterred, the Sena had promised to stop construction of the car shed if it came to power.

    One of the first decisions of Mr. Thackeray, on being sworn in as head of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government last year, was to stop work on the car shed.

    The government also appointed a committee to study feasibility of the project. Last month, the Cabinet initiated proceedings to declare the Aarey site as a forest area.

    Unfortunate, says Fadnavis
    Mr. Fadnavis termed the decision unfortunate and one taken to satisfy the ruling party’s ego. “This decision will increase the cost of the project by at least ₹4,000 crore.

    This cost escalation is assessed by the committee appointed by this government,” he said.

    At the peak of protests by environment activists, students and residents over construction of the car shed in Aarey, the proposed site was cleared with the cutting of trees in the dead of the night.

    The Shiv Sena, which was then an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led ruling alliance in the State under Devendra Fadnavis, was vocal in its opposition to the construction.

    Cases had been filed against several green activists, political workers and students who were detained for opposing the government action.

    While Mr. Fadnavis remained undeterred, the Sena had promised to stop construction of the car shed if it came to power.

    One of the first decisions of Mr. Thackeray, on being sworn in as head of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government last year, was to stop work on the car shed.

    The government also appointed a committee to study feasibility of the project. Last month, the Cabinet initiated proceedings to declare the Aarey site as a forest area.

    Unfortunate, says Fadnavis
    Mr. Fadnavis termed the decision unfortunate and one taken to satisfy the ruling party’s ego. “This decision will increase the cost of the project by at least ₹4,000 crore.

    This cost escalation is assessed by the committee appointed by this government,” he said.

    “The Kanjurmarg site was earlier considered by the government, but it was under litigation and stayed by the High Court. Some private individuals claimed their rights and the stay was requested to be withdrawn.

    However, the court wanted the amount to be deposited if the claims got settled in future,” said Mr. Fadnavis.

    He said that the amount was around ₹2,400 crore in 2015. “What is the status of that case today? And if someone moves the Supreme Court, who will be responsible for the delay?” he asked.

    Moreover, since the site in Kanjurmarg is a marshy land, it will require at least two years to stabilise it, he added, claiming that all the previous tenders will have to be scraped and a new process will have to be followed now.

    “This means that the Metro project, which would have been in the service of Mumbaikars just next year, has now been postponed indefinitely,” said the ex-CM.

    ‘Win for both’
    Reacting to the announcement on Sunday afternoon, Environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said, “Aarey Saved”.

    Opposition BJP said the Chief Minister’s claims were misleading. “The land in Kanjurmarg in under litigation.

    The expert committee had recommended existing Aarey land for the project,” said BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar.

    Countering this, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik of the Nationalist Congress Party and an MVA ally, said, “Maharashtra CM has made an announcement as he had promised during polls.

    It is extremely wrong to question the authenticity of information he has provided.”

    The move has been welcomed by environmental activists who thanked the MVA government.

    “The blackmail of Aarey or Metro has finally ended. It’s a win for both Aarey and Metro today. We thank the government, especially CM and Environment Minister for the decision,” said Stalin D.

    One of the leading green activists who had been fighting against the car shed and demanding that Aarey land be declared a forest.

    More why important ?

    The rainforests of Amazon are known as the ‘lungs of the world.’ Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony, with its 1,300 hectares of forest land, is called the ‘last lung of Mumbai.’ On the one hand, the Amazon rainforests continue to burn, and on the other, Aarey forest is in danger. Cutting of trees and indiscriminate deforestation are not just issues of the present, they have long-term implications for the future.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of Aarey Forest.

    Scramble for Milk, Land, and Oxygen
    After India gained independence in 1947, the city of Mumbai was launched into a world of rapid expansion.

    “The Kanjurmarg site was earlier considered by the government, but it was under litigation and stayed by the High Court. Some private individuals claimed their rights and the stay was requested to be withdrawn.

    However, the court wanted the amount to be deposited if the claims got settled in future,” said Mr. Fadnavis.

    He said that the amount was around ₹2,400 crore in 2015. “What is the status of that case today? And if someone moves the Supreme Court, who will be responsible for the delay?” he asked.

    Moreover, since the site in Kanjurmarg is a marshy land, it will require at least two years to stabilise it, he added, claiming that all the previous tenders will have to be scraped and a new process will have to be followed now.

    “This means that the Metro project, which would have been in the service of Mumbaikars just next year, has now been postponed indefinitely,” said the ex-CM.

    ‘Win for both’
    Reacting to the announcement on Sunday afternoon, Environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said, “Aarey Saved”.

    Opposition BJP said the Chief Minister’s claims were misleading. “The land in Kanjurmarg in under litigation.

    The expert committee had recommended existing Aarey land for the project,” said BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar.

    Countering this, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik of the Nationalist Congress Party and an MVA ally, said, “Maharashtra CM has made an announcement as he had promised during polls.

    It is extremely wrong to question the authenticity of information he has provided.”

    The move has been welcomed by environmental activists who thanked the MVA government.

    “The blackmail of Aarey or Metro has finally ended. It’s a win for both Aarey and Metro today. We thank the government, especially CM and Environment Minister for the decision,” said Stalin D.

    One of the leading green activists who had been fighting against the car shed and demanding that Aarey land be declared a forest.

    More why important ?

    The rainforests of Amazon are known as the ‘lungs of the world.’ Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony, with its 1,300 hectares of forest land, is called the ‘last lung of Mumbai.’ On the one hand, the Amazon rainforests continue to burn, and on the other, Aarey forest is in danger. Cutting of trees and indiscriminate deforestation are not just issues of the present, they have long-term implications for the future.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of Aarey Forest.

    Scramble for Milk, Land, and Oxygen
    After India gained independence in 1947, the city of Mumbai was launched into a world of rapid expansion.

    Known as the ‘city of dreams’, people from all over the country made their way to Mumbai to make money and name for themselves.

    Historically, the city received a steady supply of agricultural produce from around the country. However, there were a few things that were locally sourced, including milk.

    This drive for easily accessible milk resources led to the formation of the Aarey Milk Colony. This piece of land was handed over to the Department of Dairy Development, and a small part of it was reserved for cattle rearing.

    Proposed by Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Dara N. Khurody, the Aarey Milk Colony was brought into existence in 1949.

    Then-Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru officially inaugurated Aarey by planting a sapling there in 1951 – he believed he was ‘planting the future.’

    Has that tree even survived the multiple attempts to cut into Aarey over the last 70 years?

    While the current drive to cut over 2,700 trees and clear 33 hectares or 2% of the forested land to accommodate the Metro car shed proposed by the MMRCL has invited the ire of many Indians, the truth is that this is not the first time that Aarey has been targeted.

    In 1977, around 200 hectares of Aarey forest were cleared to make space for the Film City. In 2010, the proposed plan to expand the Byculla Zoo to include a night safari route for tourists was put into action.

    A further 40 acres of forested land was cleared to accommodate this expansion.

    Where is the Air?
    Greenpeace and IQAir AirVisual released their latest data in March 2019.

    According to this data, Mumbai has the dubious honour of being the most polluted city in the state of Maharashtra, and the 27th most polluted city in the country.

    The air quality within the city was measured as the worst in the last 20 years.

    It is not just Aarey that is danger – it is Mumbai, the millions of hardworking people who call the city their home, and the teeming flora and fauna indigenous to Mumbai that is in immediate and deep danger.

    The slow whittling away of forested land is how forests are diverted and destroyed.

    The argument that the proposed deforestation clears a much lesser area than what has already been done before is a fallacious one because hacking away the tree cover in bits and pieces will not stop until Aarey forest, with its rich history, becomes history.

    At the peak of protests by environment activists, students and residents over construction of the car shed in Aarey, the proposed site was cleared with the cutting of trees in the dead of the night.

    The Shiv Sena, which was then an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led ruling alliance in the State under Devendra Fadnavis, was vocal in its opposition to the construction.

    Cases had been filed against several green activists, political workers and students who were detained for opposing the government action.

    While Mr. Fadnavis remained undeterred, the Sena had promised to stop construction of the car shed if it came to power.

    One of the first decisions of Mr. Thackeray, on being sworn in as head of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government last year, was to stop work on the car shed.

    The government also appointed a committee to study feasibility of the project. Last month, the Cabinet initiated proceedings to declare the Aarey site as a forest area.

    Unfortunate, says Fadnavis
    Mr. Fadnavis termed the decision unfortunate and one taken to satisfy the ruling party’s ego. “This decision will increase the cost of the project by at least ₹4,000 crore.

    This cost escalation is assessed by the committee appointed by this government,” he said.

    “The Kanjurmarg site was earlier considered by the government, but it was under litigation and stayed by the High Court. Some private individuals claimed their rights and the stay was requested to be withdrawn.

    However, the court wanted the amount to be deposited if the claims got settled in future,” said Mr. Fadnavis.

    He said that the amount was around ₹2,400 crore in 2015. “What is the status of that case today? And if someone moves the Supreme Court, who will be responsible for the delay?” he asked.

    Moreover, since the site in Kanjurmarg is a marshy land, it will require at least two years to stabilise it, he added, claiming that all the previous tenders will have to be scraped and a new process will have to be followed now.

    “This means that the Metro project, which would have been in the service of Mumbaikars just next year, has now been postponed indefinitely,” said the ex-CM.

    ‘Win for both’
    Reacting to the announcement on Sunday afternoon, Environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said, “Aarey Saved”.

    Opposition BJP said the Chief Minister’s claims were misleading. “The land in Kanjurmarg in under litigation.

    The expert committee had recommended existing Aarey land for the project,” said BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar.

    Countering this, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik of the Nationalist Congress Party and an MVA ally, said, “Maharashtra CM has made an announcement as he had promised during polls.

    It is extremely wrong to question the authenticity of information he has provided.”

    The move has been welcomed by environmental activists who thanked the MVA government.

    “The blackmail of Aarey or Metro has finally ended. It’s a win for both Aarey and Metro today. We thank the government, especially CM and Environment Minister for the decision,” said Stalin D.

    One of the leading green activists who had been fighting against the car shed and demanding that Aarey land be declared a forest.

    More why important ?

    The rainforests of Amazon are known as the ‘lungs of the world.’ Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony, with its 1,300 hectares of forest land, is called the ‘last lung of Mumbai.’ On the one hand, the Amazon rainforests continue to burn, and on the other, Aarey forest is in danger. Cutting of trees and indiscriminate deforestation are not just issues of the present, they have long-term implications for the future.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of Aarey Forest.

    Scramble for Milk, Land, and Oxygen
    After India gained independence in 1947, the city of Mumbai was launched into a world of rapid expansion.

    So a good thing.

  2. They failed to handle Covid 19 very badly and got involved in other issues.

    COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra

    200 days after, experts dissect State and Centre’s decisions to contain the virus
    Maharashtra’s COVID-19 crisis is the result of many factors — failure of collective action between the Centre and the State, lack of Mumbai-specific approach to fight against the virus, and a blanket implementation of lockdown without a plan to utilise the time effectively and prepare the health system.

    These are some of the observations of health experts and activists who have closely analysed the turn of events over the last 100 days, since Maharashtra recorded its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on March 9.

    The State is now a red zone, accounting for nearly 32% of India’s cases and 41% of the deaths. While the healthcare system continues to crumble under the pressure, a new wave of cases is anticipated as the State begins to unlock in phases.

    Tragedy of errors

    Virologist Dr. T Jacob John termed Maharashtra’s situation as a tragedy of errors. He said responding to such large-scale epidemics is the Centre’s job, as per India’s constitutional norms.

    “I don’t think Maharashtra was properly advised, warned, and given a blueprint by the Centre to follow.

    So, when the epidemic hit, Maharashtra was under-prepared,” Dr. Jacob John said, adding the Indian government was too slow to react and it should have acted before the virus came into the country in January.

    “Our parliament was adjourned only on March 23. What message does this send to all States? That everything is normal.”

    According to Dr. Jacob John, Kerala managed to take independent decisions while most other States did not. “Maharashtra should have activated its think-tank as Kerala did.”

    He said that the lockdown gave a false impression of supreme confidence but the reality was that it was not going to work in extremely congested places like Mumbai.

    “Mumbai is the economic engine and the city had to be protected with extra care. But a Mumbai-specific approach was never taken,” he said.

    Long-term repercussions

    Experts highlighted how the governments — the State as well as the Centre — had a casual approach about the upcoming threat.

    “We knew about the possible threat since December end. Yet, at the airports, most people got a safe passage even as they were asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

    Why did not we implement compulsory quarantining of passengers?” questioned Soumitra Ghosh, a professor from the School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

    He said there continues to be a rise in cases because the epidemic could not be arrested in time. “In Wuhan, they managed to mobilise manpower of 43,000 in two weeks.

    How many doctors, intensivists have been brought to Mumbai from other parts?

    There is an absolute lack of collective action between the Centre and the State even as Maharashtra dabbles with the surge,” Mr. Ghosh said, warning that the mishandling of the situation has caused great disruptions and the long-term repercussions, especially in patients requiring non-COVID-19 treatment, would be worrisome.

    Tragedy of errors

    Virologist Dr. T Jacob John termed Maharashtra’s situation as a tragedy of errors. He said responding to such large-scale epidemics is the Centre’s job, as per India’s constitutional norms.

    “I don’t think Maharashtra was properly advised, warned, and given a blueprint by the Centre to follow.

    So, when the epidemic hit, Maharashtra was under-prepared,” Dr. Jacob John said, adding the Indian government was too slow to react and it should have acted before the virus came into the country in January.

    “Our parliament was adjourned only on March 23. What message does this send to all States? That everything is normal.”

    According to Dr. Jacob John, Kerala managed to take independent decisions while most other States did not. “Maharashtra should have activated its think-tank as Kerala did.”

    He said that the lockdown gave a false impression of supreme confidence but the reality was that it was not going to work in extremely congested places like Mumbai.

    “Mumbai is the economic engine and the city had to be protected with extra care. But a Mumbai-specific approach was never taken,” he said.

    Long-term repercussions

    Experts highlighted how the governments — the State as well as the Centre — had a casual approach about the upcoming threat.

    “We knew about the possible threat since December end. Yet, at the airports, most people got a safe passage even as they were asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

    Why did not we implement compulsory quarantining of passengers?” questioned Soumitra Ghosh, a professor from the School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

    He said there continues to be a rise in cases because the epidemic could not be arrested in time. “In Wuhan, they managed to mobilise manpower of 43,000 in two weeks.

    How many doctors, intensivists have been brought to Mumbai from other parts?

    There is an absolute lack of collective action between the Centre and the State even as Maharashtra dabbles with the surge,” Mr. Ghosh said, warning that the mishandling of the situation has caused great disruptions and the long-term repercussions, especially in patients requiring non-COVID-19 treatment, would be worrisome.

    Lockdown, a crude instrument

    Public health expert Dr. Abhay Shukla said the generalised lockdown had a dampening effect than a precise outcome.

    “Take the examples of South Korea or Kerala, where the entire focus was on intensive

    Lockdown, a crude instrument

    Public health expert Dr. Abhay Shukla said the generalised lockdown had a dampening effect than a precise outcome.

    “Take the examples of South Korea or Kerala, where the entire focus was on intensive outreach, testing, contact tracing, isolation, and containment or micro containment,”

    Dr. Shukla said, adding that with such strategies, the need for a blanket lockdown would have been less.

    Errors in handling

    Tragedy of errors in handling .

    Virologist Dr. T Jacob John termed Maharashtra’s situation as a tragedy of errors. He said responding to such large-scale epidemics is the Centre’s job, as per India’s constitutional norms.

    “I don’t think Maharashtra was properly advised, warned, and given a blueprint by the Centre to follow.

    So, when the epidemic hit, Maharashtra was under-prepared,” Dr. Jacob John said, adding the Indian government was too slow to react and it should have acted before the virus came into the country in January.

    “Our parliament was adjourned only on March 23. What message does this send to all States? That everything is normal.”

    According to Dr. Jacob John, Kerala managed to take independent decisions while most other States did not. “Maharashtra should have activated its think-tank as Kerala did.”

    He said that the lockdown gave a false impression of supreme confidence but the reality was that it was not going to work in extremely congested places like Mumbai.

    “Mumbai is the economic engine and the city had to be protected with extra care. But a Mumbai-specific approach was never taken,” he said.

    Long-term repercussions

    Experts highlighted how the governments — the State as well as the Centre — had a casual approach about the upcoming threat.

    “We knew about the possible threat since December end. Yet, at the airports, most people got a safe passage even as they were asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

    Why did not we implement compulsory quarantining of passengers?” questioned Soumitra Ghosh, a professor from the School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

    He said there continues to be a rise in cases because the epidemic could not be arrested in time. “In Wuhan, they managed to mobilise manpower of 43,000 in two weeks.

    How many doctors, intensivists have been brought to Mumbai from other parts?

    There is an absolute lack of collective action between the Centre and the State even as Maharashtra dabbles with the surge,” Mr. Ghosh said, warning that the mishandling of the situation has caused great disruptions and the long-term repercussions, especially in patients requiring non-COVID-19 treatment, would be worrisome.

    Lockdown, a crude instrument

    Public health expert Dr. Abhay Shukla said the generalised lockdown had a dampening effect than a precise outcome.

    “Take the examples of South Korea or Kerala, where the entire focus was on intensive

    Second wave just began in Europe with a lockdown .Lets see what happens here.

  3. Republic Media is better than BBC, Sky News , CNN.

    Now the reason for my high rating of Republic isn t because I actually like the news, I don’t. I have simply given Republic the High rating because it is doing exactly what a media house should do challenge within democracy.

    You seem to imply the Maharashtra government is leading well.

    They are not doing well. If you have to repress people you are not leading but dictating. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the actually facts about Mumbai .

    The government has not been duly elected by the people Further I don’t share your bias that Arnab and Republic are targeting Maharashtra government. Not true.

    A number of cases have occured whwre the conduct of police and government has been very suspicious and strange.

    The arrest according to the magistrates court is illegal for the 2018 case you refer to was closed and wpuld require new or further evidence directly linking Arnab with the Suicide.

    In fact a lawyer has reported that he has looked or gained access to the alledged suicide letter and suggests with investigation it should establish it was written by a woman and not the man who is deceased.

    Your post overall is senseless and without insult pointless. For the idea should be to express your thoughts without appearing to take sides or in your case besmirch Arnab and his Channel.

    Further like it not I am not into news at all but it is evident Republic is relevant to India right now and the other media houses cannot cut it. Reason they do not believe in people nor in the idea of serving people .

    So the entire episode of Uddav and Param arresting Arnab illegally and re opening a case which should be done via the court law is 100% wrong.

    Further their action are clearly maligned and vengeful.

    I have listened to Arnab about the Maha Governenmt and I can see it is the truth because I don’t see malice or ill motive in Arnab, a nationalist yes, do I share that idea not really but he wants a better India.

    Not one where media play to the narritive’s of corrupt politicians and mafia within the systems of Maharashtra.

    So I am a fan of Arnqb and Republic and I think Maharashtra will pay the price legally for using laws, due process thrown aside. Constitution of INDIA mocked and your high courts , Supreme Courts and Magistrates Courts.

    I don’t see why Uddav and Param are in these high profile riles. It certainly ain’t to serve people. It drunk on power over people .

    What you have missed and quite important.

    If anything happens to Arnab while in custody which we all hope he returns to his job and family and the viewers of Republic safely . India is on the verge of mass civil unrest and this is not BJP.

    This people of India whom feels this channel represents them as opposed to India Today or other channels more middle class and upper.

    Republic TV is a free-to-air Indian right-wing[1][2] news channel launched in May 2017. It was co-founded by Arnab Goswami

    and Rajeev Chandrasekhar, before the latter relinquished his stake in May 2019, leaving Goswami the majority stakeholder.[3] Chandrasekhar was an independent legislator from the National Democratic Alliance

    who later joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and Goswami was the former editor-in-chief of Times Now.

    The venture was funded primarily by Chandrashekhar through his company Asianet Network.

  4. Every time questions have been raised about the state government’s failures, Uddhav Thackeray has blamed the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for not providing adequate funds to the state.

    His lie was eventually exposed by former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis with facts and figures, to which the CM or his government had no response.

    The fact is that an alarmingly high number of migrant labourers did not get any ration from the state government during the lockdown, due to which most were forced into leaving the state for their native places.

    The horrors that Maharashtra has witnessed on account of the state government’s apathy is going to remain etched in public memory for a very long time.

    What made the situation unpardonably cringeworthy was Rahul Gandhi’s admission that his party is not the decision maker in Maharashtra.

    In many ways, it was an admission that all the three parties in alliance are solely there to fill up their party coffers for the long years of hibernation that lies ahead of them.

    The ‘unnatural’ alliance
    The devastation that the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP government has wreaked upon Maharashtra demands that we take a larger view of the situation.

    A Westminster democracy often makes a mockery of numbers. We have seen it happen in 1996 when H.D. Deve Gowda, who wouldn’t have imagined himself being a national leader ever, overnight became prime minister of a grossly opportunist government, which derailed India’s development agenda.

    What happened in Maharashtra in 2019 was far worse: stealing a mandate by swapping partners — a misadventure that drove Maharashtra into the tragic mess it finds itself in today.

    We, therefore, ideally need a law — “Prevention of Subversion of Public Mandate Act” — to prevent such damage in future. In the absence of the prerequisite majority for a pre-poll alliance for whatsoever reasons, the threshold for government formation should be brought down to winning 40 per cent of the seats.

    We have seen the minority government of P.V. Narasimha Rao perform remarkably well in 1991, whereas an unnatural alliance fail in 1996. The Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance is so unnatural that its partners are never sure it exists for real.

  5. Is covering the news of palghar sadhus lynching a crime .

    What arnab said is 100% true. Had this lynching happened on other community , then other news channels would have made all rona, blaming modi and cite india as unsafe.

    Placards like muslim, dalit lives matter would be all over. When will other news channels understand that in a secular country All Lives Matter. If Akhlaq’s life matters , then, Kamlesh tiwari’s life also matters.

    At the end NDA won in Bihar though it was a stiff fight.

  6. Only one success to be honest .But other things went wrong apart from this.

    Metro car shed in Mumbai to move from Aarey to Kanjurmarg

    Not enough: The committee said the car shed site in Aarey colony has a buildable area of only 23 hectares.

    Not enough: The committee said the car shed site in Aarey colony has a buildable area of only 23 hectares. |

    Environmentalists welcome decision; 800 acres in Aarey declared as forest area; cases against protesters to be dropped: Maharashtra CM

    Fulfilling one of its promises in the Shiv Sena election manifesto, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced the shifting of the Metro car shed from the Aarey forest area in the western suburbs to a government plot in Kanjurmarg in the eastern suburbs at “zero cost”.

    “We all are aware of the Metro car shed construction issues at Aarey.

    They were raised even before the Assembly elections last year.

    I was not the Chief Minister then but was heading the party contesting the elections, and we opposed the plan at that time,” Mr. Thackeray said in a webcast.

    “The car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg. So questions will arise as to who will bear these costs.

    Let me make this clear today. The State government has allotted the land for Metro for “zero rupees”,” he said.

    The Chief Minister said the move to build the car shed at Aarey had seen a lot of protests, agitations, cutting of trees at night, and charges filed against protesters.

    “The Cabinet has decided to drop all charges filed against the protesters striving to protect the environment,” he added.

    Mr. Thackeray said the building which has come up in the Aarey site will be utilised for some other public purpose. “About ₹100 crore expenditure was incurred for the purpose and it won’t go waste,” he said.

    Nearly 800 acres in Aarey has been declared as forest area, making it the first extensive forest blossoming within city limits anywhere in the world, the CM said.

    “The State government has ensured that the rights of the tribal communities, stable owners and other stakeholders in the area are protected,” he said.

    In another move likely to benefit Mumbaikars, Mr. Thackeray announced that Metro 3 and Metro 6 lines will be joined, facilitating direct connectivity of the eastern suburbs with south Mumbai.

    The 33.5 km fully underground Metro-3 line, being constructed by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., runs from Colaba in south Mumbai to Seepz in the western suburbs.

    The 14.47 km Metro 6 runs from Lokhandwala to Kanjurmarg.

    At the peak of protests by environment activists, students and residents over construction of the car shed in Aarey, the proposed site was cleared with the cutting of trees in the dead of the night.

    The Shiv Sena, which was then an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led ruling alliance in the State under Devendra Fadnavis, was vocal in its opposition to the construction.

  7. Lets go back to History Books

    When Punjab, Doab, Awadh, Malwa, Bengal, Gujarat and Rajputana had all fallen to the Mughals, the Marathas stubbornly held on and did not capitulate.

    They did not send their Hindu daughters to get married to Muslim Emperors to buy peace. Heck, even the Deccan Sultans did not accept rule of Delhi. Aurangzeb has to spent the last 26 years of his life in the Deccan fighting pointless battles and finally dying a tired old man in 1707.

    Interestingly both Nehru and Indira Gandhi, though powerful Delhi based leaders, were fondly looked upon in Maharashtra without the hostility that the Gujarati ruling duo seems to be bringing out now. Perhaps because Nehru and Indira were careful to not boss around the Marathas.

    Marathas dislike egotistical, unscrupulous people – period. Shivaji, who was as Hindu as they come, never discriminated and never insulted a vanquished enemy. Honour is important in Maratha land – insults will not take you far. Modi (& Arnab) should take notes.

  8. This coloumist don’t know real politics, if shiv Sena marata pride, then what about Sharad pawar and his family ready to sacrifice CM post when they have Supriya Sule, Ajith pawar and his son.

    If Shiv Sena sacrifice CM post when they have Aditya Takrey, Uddav Tackrey and what about Prithvi Raj Chawan, Ashok chavan is they INC not greed power after losing every state, party needs money. In the name of Maratha pride all are not blind support family politics. Everyone pull each other different.

    BJP is completely different they vote only for Modi, because of his trust on.

    This coloumist writing one side of coin. The politics much far than that. Some points may write but not all. His dream Marta party not consolidate every time.

  9. Stupid Article shows full Bias.. The Quality of the Print and its analysis is outdated, is at-least 19 years behind.

  10. Well I can say that

    Arnab Goswami has done great service to Indian journalism, and author’s poorly written article proves this point.

    It is Arnab Goswami who has highlighted various issues which our highly dishonest left “liberal” journalists choose to conveniently ignore.

    This includes issues such as triple talaq, the benefits of the CAA, the issue of the gruesome murder of Kamlesh Tiwari (which leftist channels falsely blamed on BJP/RSS workers), cases such as the murder of Nikita Tomar, the murder of sadhus, etc.

    Were it not for Arnab, such issues would never have seen the light of the day. Let us not forget that leftists journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai indulged in false reporting during the Sohrabuddin encounter case, and were let go by the court for a mere apology.

    Let us not forget that several UPA-allied government including the present Maharashtra government is preventing fair investigation by curbing the entry of the CBI.

    As far as criticizing Arnab for his journalism, what has authordone other than his banal, poorly composed, repetitive rants against Narendra Modi

  11. It is obvious to everyone who reads your biased and poisonous articles that you are a dalaal of Congie-Commie ecosystem. Such journalism harms the credibility of The Print , esepcially when it claims to be anbiased platform.

    I was about to pay but will not pay anymore, as we want analytical unbiased insights, not the dalaals who are dancing to the tune of a corrupt ecosystem. Then I may as well go to NDTV platform.

  12. Siva Sena leader Udhav Thakrey and the NCP and Congress coalition should have ignored Arnab Goswami and should have countered him through India Today or NDTV. Actually people like Republic TV, due to Arab Goswami’s oratorical skills and his way of challenging the corrupt fellows, irrespective of their political leanings. At present Arnab is supporting BJP as he is an ardent supporter of Hinduism and saviour of democracy. The day BJP or any political party starts appeasing other religions and goes against the Hindu religion, Arnab will roar against BJP and such other parties also. Udhav cannot keep Arnab in Jail as people will flood the roads in support of Arnab and the Courts will be forced to come to his rescue, as illegal arrests cannot stand the scrutiny of law. Further the police fellows will be reprimanded and punished in the Courts for making fraudulent arrest.

  13. He clearly failed to handle Covid 19 in Maharashtra .Even though the first case was not reported in Maharashtra.So failure .

    Second wave of Covid is coming as we can see from the European nations.

  14. I find Uddhav Thackeray and family dignified. They have taken lots of patience as day in day out they were insulted on trumped-up serious charges. They wanted to tarnish the image of Maharastra government and the Maharastra Police. They wanted to punish them for the split. TV anchor and the actress are playing a lead role in this dirty game. People should not get fooled and they must see through this game so that everybody gets justice.

  15. This is a dead analysis of the situation and it’s not far off when the print people may face similar situations…..its Maharashtra govt which has come out with bloody nose in the situation. The print is biased against Republic.

  16. Moving the metro carshed .

    This was a success to be honest .But other things went wrong apart from this.

    Metro car shed in Mumbai to move from Aarey to Kanjurmarg

    Not enough: The committee said the car shed site in Aarey colony has a buildable area of only 23 hectares.

    Not enough: The committee said the car shed site in Aarey colony has a buildable area of only 23 hectares. |

    Environmentalists welcome decision; 800 acres in Aarey declared as forest area; cases against protesters to be dropped: Maharashtra CM

    Fulfilling one of its promises in the Shiv Sena election manifesto, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced the shifting of the Metro car shed from the Aarey forest area in the western suburbs to a government plot in Kanjurmarg in the eastern suburbs at “zero cost”.

    “We all are aware of the Metro car shed construction issues at Aarey.

    They were raised even before the Assembly elections last year.

    I was not the Chief Minister then but was heading the party contesting the elections, and we opposed the plan at that time,” Mr. Thackeray said in a webcast.

    “The car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg. So questions will arise as to who will bear these costs.

    Let me make this clear today. The State government has allotted the land for Metro for “zero rupees”,” he said.

    The Chief Minister said the move to build the car shed at Aarey had seen a lot of protests, agitations, cutting of trees at night, and charges filed against protesters.

    “The Cabinet has decided to drop all charges filed against the protesters striving to protect the environment,” he added.

    Mr. Thackeray said the building which has come up in the Aarey site will be utilised for some other public purpose. “About ₹100 crore expenditure was incurred for the purpose and it won’t go waste,” he said.

    Nearly 800 acres in Aarey has been declared as forest area, making it the first extensive forest blossoming within city limits anywhere in the world, the CM said.

    “The State government has ensured that the rights of the tribal communities, stable owners and other stakeholders in the area are protected,” he said.

    In another move likely to benefit Mumbaikars, Mr. Thackeray announced that Metro 3 and Metro 6 lines will be joined, facilitating direct connectivity of the eastern suburbs with south Mumbai.

    The 33.5 km fully underground Metro-3 line, being constructed by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., runs from Colaba in south Mumbai to Seepz in the western suburbs.

    The 14.47 km Metro 6 runs from Lokhandwala to Kanjurmarg.

    At the peak of protests by environment activists, students and residents over construction of the car shed in Aarey, the proposed site was cleared with the cutting of trees in the dead of the night.

    The Shiv Sena, which was then an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led ruling alliance in the State under Devendra Fadnavis, was vocal in its opposition to the construction.

    Cases had been filed against several green activists, political workers and students who were detained for opposing the government action.

    While Mr. Fadnavis remained undeterred, the Sena had promised to stop construction of the car shed if it came to power.

    One of the first decisions of Mr. Thackeray, on being sworn in as head of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government last year, was to stop work on the car shed.

    The government also appointed a committee to study feasibility of the project. Last month, the Cabinet initiated proceedings to declare the Aarey site as a forest area.

    Unfortunate, says Fadnavis
    Mr. Fadnavis termed the decision unfortunate and one taken to satisfy the ruling party’s ego. “This decision will increase the cost of the project by at least ₹4,000 crore.

    This cost escalation is assessed by the committee appointed by this government,” he said.

    “The Kanjurmarg site was earlier considered by the government, but it was under litigation and stayed by the High Court. Some private individuals claimed their rights and the stay was requested to be withdrawn.

    However, the court wanted the amount to be deposited if the claims got settled in future,” said Mr. Fadnavis.

    He said that the amount was around ₹2,400 crore in 2015. “What is the status of that case today? And if someone moves the Supreme Court, who will be responsible for the delay?” he asked.

    Moreover, since the site in Kanjurmarg is a marshy land, it will require at least two years to stabilise it, he added, claiming that all the previous tenders will have to be scraped and a new process will have to be followed now.

    “This means that the Metro project, which would have been in the service of Mumbaikars just next year, has now been postponed indefinitely,” said the ex-CM.

    ‘Win for both’
    Reacting to the announcement on Sunday afternoon, Environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said, “Aarey Saved”.

    Opposition BJP said the Chief Minister’s claims were misleading. “The land in Kanjurmarg in under litigation.

    The expert committee had recommended existing Aarey land for the project,” said BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar.

    Countering this, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik of the Nationalist Congress Party and an MVA ally, said, “Maharashtra CM has made an announcement as he had promised during polls.

    It is extremely wrong to question the authenticity of information he has provided.”

    The move has been welcomed by environmental activists who thanked the MVA government.

    “The blackmail of Aarey or Metro has finally ended. It’s a win for both Aarey and Metro today. We thank the government, especially CM and Environment Minister for the decision,” said Stalin D.

    One of the leading green activists who had been fighting against the car shed and demanding that Aarey land be declared a forest.

    Mumbai Live
    More why important ?

    The rainforests of Amazon are known as the ‘lungs of the world.’ Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony, with its 1,300 hectares of forest land, is called the ‘last lung of Mumbai.’ On the one hand, the Amazon rainforests continue to burn, and on the other, Aarey forest is in danger. Cutting of trees and indiscriminate deforestation are not just issues of the present, they have long-term implications for the future.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of Aarey Forest.

    Scramble for Milk, Land, and Oxygen
    After India gained independence in 1947, the city of Mumbai was launched into a world of rapid expansion.

    Known as the ‘city of dreams’, people from all over the country made their way to Mumbai to make money and name for themselves.

    Historically, the city received a steady supply of agricultural produce from around the country. However, there were a few things that were locally sourced, including milk.

    This drive for easily accessible milk resources led to the formation of the Aarey Milk Colony. This piece of land was handed over to the Department of Dairy Development, and a small part of it was reserved for cattle rearing.

    Proposed by Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Dara N. Khurody, the Aarey Milk Colony was brought into existence in 1949.

    Then-Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru officially inaugurated Aarey by planting a sapling there in 1951 – he believed he was ‘planting the future.’

    Has that tree even survived the multiple attempts to cut into Aarey over the last 70 years?

    While the current drive to cut over 2,700 trees and clear 33 hectares or 2% of the forested land to accommodate the Metro car shed proposed by the MMRCL has invited the ire of many Indians, the truth is that this is not the first time that Aarey has been targeted.

    In 1977, around 200 hectares of Aarey forest were cleared to make space for the Film City. In 2010, the proposed plan to expand the Byculla Zoo to include a night safari route for tourists was put into action.

    A further 40 acres of forested land was cleared to accommodate this expansion.

    Where is the Air?
    Greenpeace and IQAir AirVisual released their latest data in March 2019.

    According to this data, Mumbai has the dubious honour of being the most polluted city in the state of Maharashtra, and the 27th most polluted city in the country.

    The air quality within the city was measured as the worst in the last 20 years.

    It is not just Aarey that is danger – it is Mumbai, the millions of hardworking people who call the city their home, and the teeming flora and fauna indigenous to Mumbai that is in immediate and deep danger.

    The slow whittling away of forested land is how forests are diverted and destroyed.

    The argument that the proposed deforestation clears a much lesser area than what has already been done before is a fallacious one because hacking away the tree cover in bits and pieces will not stop until Aarey forest, with its rich history, becomes history.

  17. Whoever the writer, is joke a journalist. Article is neither a news report nor an opinion piece, just a random wavering thought of what could/would/might happen.

    It sheds no light on thought process of either Uddhav or Arnab. Is neither fact based or opinion of the writer. Would do better to learn how to write, right side or left doesn’t matter, first learn to write

  18. Indeed a very good Article. Today, people are blinded and deafened by Godi Media both TV and newsprint and hence articles like this make us aware on the truth, what is shown on TV is all good marketing by BJP, a country with poor economy and poor GDP is shown as having the Best PM, Indians were fooled by British and now Bhakt Indians are fooled by Modi-Shah and Media, God Save My Country from this deadly combination, we South Indians are more sensible and logical, we can see through the things more clearly,

    • Godie media is NDTV, Quint, Wire, Scroll, to an extent print, almost all news papers, Youtubers / comedians that manipulate edit content to peddle lies and propoganda. God save my country from people like you. And stop speaking for South Indians.

  19. It is sad that The Print is supporting anti Arnab groups. Republic TV is there in all our hearts. I request Print to be Impartial in its journalistic approach. I respect the Print like any other e paper. Please uphold the journalistic Standereds for the betterment of Indian vibrent democrecy.

    • I think Arnab was successful in brainwashing u by screaming and shouting the lies and hiding the Truth. He is no way a True Journalist, he is Central Govt Spokesperson or else u can say a Pet Dog

      • In my country a good 20% of the population is born brainwashed no amount of truth and facts can convince them or help them see things clearly.

      • I was just wondering what would have been reaction from you and Rajdeep, Shivam , Barakha and others had NAMO/BJP had arrested RS or BD. Would you have supported him? Let us face it, your hatred of NAMO is the cause for opposing Arnab.
        One can say that Congress over 60-65 years through school history books and college etc brainwashed you to believe that Sun rises in West.

  20. This coloumist don’t know real politics, if shiv Sena marata pride, then what about Sharad pawar and his family ready to sacrifice CM post when they have Supriya Sule, Ajith pawar and his son. If Shiv Sena sacrifice CM post when they have Aditya Takrey, Uddav Tackrey and what about Prithvi Raj Chawan, Ashok chavan is they INC not greed power after losing every state, party needs money. In the name of Maratha pride all are not blind support family politics. Everyone pull each other different.
    BJP is completely different they vote only for Modi, because of his trust on.
    This coloumist writing one side of coin. The politics much far than that. Some points may write but not all. His dream Marta party not consolidate every time.

  21. What ever is Uddhav Thackrey’s calculations he has been trapped now. Arnab is going to get bail eventually, and he will be more humiliating to Uddhav. The marathi card i becoming old, also he really cannot play marathi card sitting in lap of Sonia Gandhi.

  22. Hunter is hunted now. The way he was begging, crying and cowering, it was a sight. I wonder why aren’t they using their other techniques to fix him up? Like suicide in cell, encounter while running away, other cell mates attacking, mob lynching etc?

    • Dude all of what u said is fine…but wjatvhave your parents done that u to hide your original name..was it so shameful and disgusting that can’t be told…..😀😂

  23. “referring to malicious and baseless rumours of Aditya Thackeray’s involvement……….” the writer already knows these are baseless . What??? Is that a joke ?
    Clearly the imprint of “THE PRINT” on this article
    Nation has no other expectations !!! 🙂

  24. Indians are now sick of reading leftist agendas. We are sick of always having to behave, write and speak in a politically correct manner.

  25. Looks like you are perfectly OK to be treated this way , if your views doesn’t align with views of power. Don’t cry foul when it happens.

  26. It’s funny that nobody is talking about BJP’s sheer incompetence in this matter. Right from their decision to fight alongside Sena ( despite having internal disputes ) when they got 303 seats themselves in the Centre, to their complete botch up and shameless breakup, and now to them resorting to gossip matter to put pressure, this is an absolute fiasco. And this comment is specially for BJP voters, why aren’t you talking about their incompetence? Does Modi want to win a nobel peace prize by staying mum? What the hell is Amit Shah doing? Let’s be very clear, these guys do not care about what is happening in Maharashtra, they are focussed on Bihar ( which they are losing ) and WB ( which, they are most likely to lose ). The decline has already begun, and when you shamelessly betray your hardcore voters, one day the people will respond. Beginning of the end for NDA 2.

    They have betrayed the people who are pushing their agenda. Wake up guys, wake up. Don’t let your hate for left blind you. It’s time to stand up and start questioning the people you voted in.

    • Who will be the CM of Bihar?

      Good english with zero knowledge.

      Knowledge is Power. Power is MODI.

      I excuse you. Dont write stupid predictions. You look baby. Be that.

    • Well you predictions didn’t pan out in bihar and will not in west Bengal.
      BJP swept the bypolls too.

      Shiv sena is like a renegade militia has no right to rule maharastra as they won on someone else’s popularity. Hope the nxt elections they will be wiped out.

  27. Shame on The Print. Rather than opposing the illegal and out of revenge acts of Maharashtra government, you are trying to portray it in a different way.

  28. times now is worse than republic. and TOI Jain group always have sided with powers that be. toi channels virutually have become the mouthpiece of rss and bjp

  29. Biased messages put in a liberal form. You are either unaware of reality or trying to hide the reality. Arnab Goswami speaks the truth. Satyamev Jayate.

  30. So according to this writer, the way for a politician to show their muscle is by arresting people who support the opposition? What idiotic nonsense is this?

  31. This article and ThePrint is a joke for the country….showing Uddhav Thakrey as a leader who is using all his muscles through the back of the Paramvir, Sanjay raut, Sharad Pawar and others without daring to say one word. How you could call yourself a newspaper – whose entire focus is only on maligning the image of the nation. It it was a newspaper it is best suited to be used as a toilet paper.

  32. What an one sided article? How biased and insensitive? Why the murder of SSR , Disha and tei sadhus & their driver is trivialized? Why the sting operations where witch hunt on Arnab is clear ?
    Even if we dont like his style, he is lion if Indian media and more importantly, one among you, the media fraternity.. tomorrow it can be you…so try not to celebrate but fight for Arnab. Fight him by growing your credibility and nationalistic news and less paid media…You will also be Lion . Support Arnab..its a dangerous trend

  33. Emergence of Udhav 2!!!Lil- This must be a joke.A guy who is busy getting every YouTube jailed for calling him names.He is not bothered about governing the state.He doesn’t understand how Chanakya is systematically degrading him while being his ally and preparing solid ground for his daughter.
    As for print,Their editor is famous for taking money in lieu of friendly articles .Udhav must have made some huge amount.

  34. A very balanced article. Karma has its role. The way Arnab unnecessarily suppressed everyone through his mindless shouting is coming to him. Hope justice is done. Arnab should not get free in the garb of powerful media goon. Though its political and very dangerous for the unified fabric of Indian society but masses should understand that such venomous characters are polarizing their society. For a better democratic India, such people need to be banished from this noble profession of journalism. See the case is a pure criminal one and the victim suicide should not go in vain.. Peace

  35. I don’t live in India nor am I an India national. I can to know about Republic via the SSR MURDER CASE. I actually don’t think your post is unbias. I also think your perspective is somewhat misguided and doesn’t tell the story with accuracy.

    I see Arnab and Republic as the best INDIA has got in a media House. In fact Republic Media is better than BBC, Sky News , CNN.

    Now the reason for my high rating of Republic isn t because I actually like the news, I don’t. I have simply given Republic the High rating because it is doing exactly what a media house should do challenge within democracy.

    You seem to imply the Maharashtra government is leading well. They are not doing well. If you have to repress people you are not leading but dictating. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the actually facts about Mumbai . The government has not been duly elected by the people Further I don’t share your bias that Arnab and Republic are targeting Maharashtra government. Not true. A number of cases have occured whwre the conduct of police and government has been very suspicious and strange.

    The arrest according to the magistrates court is illegal for the 2018 case you refer to was closed and wpuld require new or further evidence directly linking Arnab with the Suicide. In fact a lawyer has reported that he has looked or gained access to the alledged suicide letter and suggests with investigation it should establish it was written by a woman and not the man who is deceased.

    Your post overall is senseless and without insult pointless. For the idea should be to express your thoughts without appearing to take sides or in your case besmirch Arnab and his Channel.

    Further like it not I am not into news at all but it is evident Republic is relevant to India right now and the other media houses cannot cut it. Reason they do not believe in people nor in the idea of serving people . So the entire episode of Uddav and Param arresting Arnab illegally and re opening a case which should be done via the court law is 100% wrong.

    Further their action are clearly maligned and vengeful. I have listened to Arnab about the Maha Governenmt and I can see it is the truth because I don’t see malice or ill motive in Arnab, a nationalist yes, do I share that idea not really but he wants a better India. Not one where media play to the narritive’s of corrupt politicians and mafia within the systems of Maharashtra. So I am a fan of Arnqb and Republic and I think Maharashtra will pay the price legally for using laws, due process thrown aside. Constitution of INDIA mocked and your high courts , Supreme Courts and Magistrates Courts.

    I don’t see why Uddav and Param are in these high profile riles. It certainly ain’t to serve people. It drunk on power over people . What you have missed and quite important. If anything happens to Arnab while in custody which we all hope he returns to his job and family and the viewers of Republic safely . India is on the verge of mass civil unrest and this is not BJP. This poorer people of India whom feels this channel represents them as opposed to India Today or other channels more middle class and upper.

    • By this write up of yours you hv actually proved you know nothing about the reality of this country and especially by supporting someone like Arnab you hv proved your own ignorance. It was high time someone taught Arnab a lesson for believing himself to be no less than God and deciding to pass judgements on his own whims n fancies without bothering about the facts at all. So better for you to observe from far and give kudos to the state government for having the guts to stand up to the most divisive n incompetent central government.

      • I am not sure about what Mr Stompp has to say, But I think you are the same Bombay cool super cop who announced about most important scam of the nation TRP scam that affects majority of the population. True poor state govt that cant help it self has simply bulldozed one highly illegal building and just caught media channel in biggest scam of the century. thanks for teaching this ignorant out of country.

    • They failed to handle Covid 19 very badly and got involved in other issues

      Errors

      COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra

      200 days after, experts dissect State and Centre’s decisions to contain the virus
      Maharashtra’s COVID-19 crisis is the result of many factors — failure of collective action between the Centre and the State, lack of Mumbai-specific approach to fight against the virus, and a blanket implementation of lockdown without a plan to utilise the time effectively and prepare the health system.

      These are some of the observations of health experts and activists who have closely analysed the turn of events over the last 100 days, since Maharashtra recorded its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on March 9.

      The State is now a red zone, accounting for nearly 32% of India’s cases and 41% of the deaths. While the healthcare system continues to crumble under the pressure, a new wave of cases is anticipated as the State begins to unlock in phases.

      Tragedy of errors

      Virologist Dr. T Jacob John termed Maharashtra’s situation as a tragedy of errors. He said responding to such large-scale epidemics is the Centre’s job, as per India’s constitutional norms.

      “I don’t think Maharashtra was properly advised, warned, and given a blueprint by the Centre to follow.

      So, when the epidemic hit, Maharashtra was under-prepared,” Dr. Jacob John said, adding the Indian government was too slow to react and it should have acted before the virus came into the country in January.

      “Our parliament was adjourned only on March 23. What message does this send to all States? That everything is normal.”

      According to Dr. Jacob John, Kerala managed to take independent decisions while most other States did not. “Maharashtra should have activated its think-tank as Kerala did.”

      He said that the lockdown gave a false impression of supreme confidence but the reality was that it was not going to work in extremely congested places like Mumbai.

      “Mumbai is the economic engine and the city had to be protected with extra care. But a Mumbai-specific approach was never taken,” he said.

      Long-term repercussions

      Experts highlighted how the governments — the State as well as the Centre — had a casual approach about the upcoming threat.

      “We knew about the possible threat since December end. Yet, at the airports, most people got a safe passage even as they were asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

      Why did not we implement compulsory quarantining of passengers?” questioned Soumitra Ghosh, a professor from the School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

      He said there continues to be a rise in cases because the epidemic could not be arrested in time. “In Wuhan, they managed to mobilise manpower of 43,000 in two weeks.

      How many doctors, intensivists have been brought to Mumbai from other parts?

      There is an absolute lack of collective action between the Centre and the State even as Maharashtra dabbles with the surge,” Mr. Ghosh said, warning that the mishandling of the situation has caused great disruptions and the long-term repercussions, especially in patients requiring non-COVID-19 treatment, would be worrisome.

      Lockdown, a crude instrument

      Public health expert Dr. Abhay Shukla said the generalised lockdown had a dampening effect than a precise outcome.

      “Take the examples of South Korea or Kerala, where the entire focus was on intensive outreach, testing, contact tracing, isolation, and containment or micro containment,” Dr. Shukla said, adding that with such strategies, the need for a blanket lockdown would have been less.

  36. Udhav is emerging as the leader who can compete
    BJP at the center. As a non-maharastrian ,I think Udhav using his Marathi background against BJP is completely fair since BJP is using its so called “Saffron” image at the centre.
    Udhav will be successful in the cente in the future because he knows how to tackle BJP’s false politics. He has been only politician who is showing guts to stand alone in front of BJP.
    Surely he is going to be next big thing in Indian politics.

  37. ThePrint has also joined the bad, ugly, and worst media group. Portraying Arnab Goswami as criminal.
    You all will face the music in coming years.

  38. Is covering the news of palghar sadhus lynching a crime . What arnab said is 100% true. Had this lynching happened on other community , then other news channels would have made all rona, blaming modi and cite india as unsafe. Placards like muslim, dalit lives matter would be all over. When will other news channels understand that in a secular country All Lives Matter. If Akhlaq’s life matters , then, Kamlesh tiwari’s life also matters.

    Arrest of Arnab will make him much stronger and his way of journalism is far more ethical than the rest of left liberal media.

  39. To this fabricated piece that the journalists of this condemnable paper. You have proven over and over again of your hypocrisy. You may have called the left liberals ‘saints’ and the right wing ‘hypocrites’ but really your reporting is proof that you are really the ones who are hypocrites. And you know what is worse? You know that. You know that you are hypocrites and you are reporting news inthis way because either you are in just as much as corruption as much the system in this country used to be in or you are just that much spiteful towards the number news anchor in this country or both. Call me names bhakt or andhbhakt. But that’s all these commenter so are able to do. Your frustrations against Arnab Goswami is clearly seen through every one of your article and your horrifying and blatant hypocrisy is clear as glass. Even without investigation you have put him behind bars in Taloja jail. But that doesn’t matter. He will come back with a stronger force and remember at that time, he is going to peel everyone of your damn hypocrisy.

  40. Sad, very Sad! In this game of polictics, Maharastra is isolating itself (emotionally) from rest of India and Udhav is playing that card. This is dangerous for a country and should be stopped. If we have learnt anything from Khalistan topic in India, we should avoid to repeat that as Mumbaikar movement. Mumbaialso needs to realize, it is largest economy because rest of India is its consumer. It is a lose-lose situation and I urge the editor to avoid encouraging such topic.

  41. The Print, not enough to just know to write, for good journalism it is required to be unbiased and vocally righteous. Like Arnab Goswami if you dare to stand by truth, you dont have to beg for financial support for survival. In the eyes of only an Indian Citizen representing common public with absolutely no political exposure.

  42. Having failed in every front such as Corona management and administration, Udhav try to cover up failure by going against Arnab saying about Maratha pride . Actually he is belittling image of Maharashtra. Remember Sivaji maharaj fought against Aurangazeb, not against a streetfighter from Poona.

  43. The exact words ‘pro-BJP social media warriors ‘ ‘false muslim angle ‘pro-BJP news media’ and describing Uddhav Thackrey as a “fighter” proves the sheer hipocracy of the Print media and the writer of this article. The very things they accuse Arnab of, they do is themselves. Fake muslim angle? And what would be the reaction when some muslim guy dies at the hands of mob? Muslims in India are under threat!!!
    Please have some shame. Journalists should be unbiased. And the Print seems to be pro-Congress, anti-Hindu. And nothing but another means of spreading Congress propoganda.
    I’m not a supporter of BJP and certainly not some “pro-BJP social media warrior”. I’m just a normal youth who is greatly saddened by the degrading standards and vanishing morals of Indian Media. Which includes this media outlet too.
    I was here to get some news on current situation in India. But greatly disappointed.

  44. I enjoyed your way of writing a lot. I don’t think you are taking sides. You’re just describing the play and in a very good manner. People shouldn’t hate the writer. Isn’t it better to point out issues without being rhetoric?

  45. I am hardcore Shiv Sena support but I it is embarrassing to see what is happening these days.
    One family doesn’t represent all marathis.
    It is unfortunate that all laws are kept aside for satisfying personal vendetta.

    Balasaheb is great but others are just trying to encash his image.
    Jai Bharat, Jai Maharashtra.

  46. I think it’s time to Sack Parambir and Uddhav Thackeray. We all know what The Print is. Looks like a Shiv Sena Sponsored article. Shame on you The Print. Very cleverly you are hiding truth and glamorising Uddhav

  47. Keep larping and repeating same lies again and again regarding Gujrat Riots and Godhra ambush (which actually started the whole so called riots by Minorities) while UPA era Supreme Court investigation team clearly gave him absolute clean chit. Jhan*2 congressi activists like Shivam will then wonder why Modi wins when he wins and will stay irrelevant.

  48. Journalism should be free from political affiliations. Courage to speak the truth should not be allowed to be bulldozed by aspirations for being in affiliation with powerful. When we say freedom of press, it is the expectation of the citizens that pen and voice reflects truth. For this we should have a complete unbiased and autonomous media. Well do we have one? What we see today is a platform for washing dirty linens. Journalism has become extremely commercial and driven by political aspirations. A time to change…….

  49. What is happening in Maharashtra is pure .Politics being played by NCP and its owner Sharad Pawar. He knows this alliance is totally unnatural . Home minister belongs to his party . They are mis using police force .But its impact is falling on Chief Minister belonging to Shiv Sena. Whatever is done by police to target Kangan or Arnab , Thackerey becomes object of ridicule. This drama will go on as long as this un natural alliance survives. And one thing about the writer of this article. He seems to be a naive person . He supports Congress , but does not know how Congress thinks and works. For Congress every one , except a Family, is disposable. Even Sharad was disposed off. at one time. But Sharad has ingrained those qualities in his working. . He is showing door to Thackerey. But he is not understanding. The journalist writing this article does not use brain to think and see hidden meaning and hidden agenda in the act done by Congress man and ex-congressman. May God enlighten him as yet ThePrint is condemned to keep him on its Rolls.

  50. A sentence highlighting the sheer incompetence of Shivam Vij: “No single journalist was as responsible for the downfall of Congress-led UPA-2 as Arnab Goswami”.

    There can be no better example of sheer nonsense. Is a journalist responsible for the downfall of UPA-? So if UPA loses an election in state after state after state, it isn’t because of their incompetence and corruption or their inability to reach the masses, it is because of Arnab? Theprint should start reviewing manuscripts for rudimentary forms of rationality and logic, before publishing them.

    • True. How many people in India watch English news and in that how many watch Republic. Our media nowhere has the impact they would like to believe they have especially English

  51. Udhavji is the CM of all Maharashtrians and all Mumbaikars irrespective of caste and creed. any insult to him and specifically Arnab’s threats were deeply insulting to all of us. We will not tolerate this and the BJP and the center better learn that soon. There are many more reasons why Arnab should be arrested. They should be initiated one after the other. Lets see him rot in jail like the other journalists and innocent people.

    • Well what about all the abusive words directed against The PM of India? How is that acceptable? I dont see anyone standing up against that!!

    • I did not realize the Mumbaikars considered themselves separate from Indians. Your comment says that. Arnav vs Udhav is journalist-politician fight. If you make this Mumbaikar vs rest of Indian fight, you will lose. Remember – you are an Indian first and not a Mumbaikar first, otherwise you will find yourself very lonely. Bollywood is feeling that.

    • Being a Maharashtrian has nothing to do with this. Uddhav Thackeray got lucky. Please remember the people of Maharashtra never chose Uddhav Thackeray, only because BJP got less numbers in coalition, Uddhav became a situational leader, PM. Balasaheb Thackeray was a legendary leader, the same cannot be said about Uddhav. Furthermore no True Blood Marathi Manoos that includes me would ever vouch for a leader who destroys the home/office of a woman, Kangana. Same goes for Aarnab you cannot shut people through Hooliganism for long.

  52. Arnab Goswami has done great service to Indian journalism, and Shivam Vij’s poorly written article proves this point. It is Arnab Goswami who has highlighted various issues which our highly dishonest left “liberal” journalists choose to conveniently ignore. This includes issues such as triple talaq, the benefits of the CAA, the issue of the gruesome murder of Kamlesh Tiwari (which leftist channels falsely blamed on BJP/RSS workers), cases such as the murder of Nikita Tomar, the murder of sadhus, and the case of Sushant Singh Rajput (which the CBI is still investigating ). Were it not for Arnab, such issues would never have seen the light of the day. Let us not forget that leftists journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai indulged in false reporting during the Sohrabuddin encounter case, and were let go by the court for a mere apology. Let us not forget that several UPA-allied government including the present Maharashtra government is preventing fair investigation by curbing the entry of the CBI. As far as criticizing Arnab for his journalism, what has Shivam Vij done other than his banal, poorly composed, repetitive rants against Narendra Modi?

  53. It’s a very well written article and obviously would irritate the Andha Bhakta of the ruling Delhi government Or so to say of BJP.
    I don’t get the foul language used in the comment section by some of the commentators for the author. I would urge author to continue putting a right perspective and don’t get deterred away by such people who are glorifying foul mouthed person who by any stretch of imagination cannot be called as journalist. Some commentators here may happen to be paid stooges of BJP as they have already swarmed internet in last 6 years. The Print is an independent media house and I suppose they are rightfully doing their duty for allowing all the views to be expressed and discussed. The single point agenda of Bhakta comments is to discredit the article and author and put up pressure. It’s very unfortunate to put up media in compartments, either you’re with us or against us. It’s real shame that some of the people of this country can’t even tolerate well articulated views of a section of society and at the same time using foul language themselves and glorifying foul mouthed Arnab who has no shame and decency in his tirade during open TV media.
    For haters and those waiting to thrash me in comment section, let me clear out that I’m Marathi and Hindu and never voted for Congress/NCP, instead voted both time for Fadnavis however I’m deeply hurt by the deeds of BJP in Maharashtra in last year and doubt if I’m going to vote for them again. There are millions like me. BJP has deceived their very base of silent voters by venturing into unnecessary polarisation. In 2014, NCP was most hated party in Maharashtra, thanks to last one year now BJP is the proud owner of that title and as the arrogance of leadership has it, leadership is not bothered. Fadnavis and Chandrakant Patil can only be described as deputies of Modi-Shah and not the representatives of Marathi people. Fadnavis let IFC move to Ahmedabad instead of Mumbai without even uttering a single word when Mumbai is clearly the financial capital of India. I won’t blame Modi-Shah, as they’re doing best they can to develop Gujrat and that’s good for Gujrat but the fools who are from Maharashtra should introspect and learn something from their bosses. Not only this, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train is nothing of significance to Maharashtra nor do its very significant for country, still Maharashtra is compelled to invest into the project which would only benefit Ahmedabad at the cost of Mumbai. All these incidents are bringing forth the history. 106 Marathi people were martyred all over the state to suppress popular demand of inclusion of Mumbai in Maharashtra. If UT is taking inspiration from his grandfather Prabodhankar Thackeray and Hutatma Chowk, getting into aggressive UT 2.0 role, he will have popular supporting. SS may have used sentiments of Marathi people and pride, Asmita etc in the past to gain political mileage and in the process may have ignored the real issues also, they’ve paid for that as their Marathi base is shrinking in BMC elections consistently. But this time the threat is real, and it’s coming from top leadership and people are aware about it. More the BJP would try to bulldoze UT, more they would fall in trap and more sympathy would be gained by SS. SS would reclaim its withering base and emerge into rejuvenated form with new allies. Now coming to some of the issues discussed in article and in comments,

    1. Why there has two standards of justice, one for Arnab and another for Vinod Dua? And everyone knows the credibility of these two. It’s really shameful that BJP is all out for the protection for Arnab while consistently doing the same with others in their ruled states. The cases are not even comparable. FIR for Dua was totally related to his piece of reporting while in Arnab case, it’s criminal matter totally unrelated to journalism. I dare those people and BJP leaders questioning the motive of arrest to stand in front of Naik family and utter a word. I can’t imagine the helpless Marathi family who witnessed two suicides in family, thanks to someone who happens to be so powerful that even when the suicide note clearly mentions his name, is able to shut the case within a year. At least they have some hope now. You may or may not be culprit Mr Arnab Goswami but you’re not above the law. Is Mr Arnab enjoys diplomatic immunity in India? Can he get away with murder? I know the arrest is politically motivated and I’m not justifying vindictive agenda if there is any, but Police are well within their rights to investigate the matter, let them do their job.

    2. Someone mentioned Kangana here who can easily be called Arnab of Bollywood. Clearly she’s been touted by BJP to open venomous attack on UT and AT. Sanjay Raut’s comment on her was definitely not in good taste but the BJP Sanskriti Rakshaks supporting Kangana conveniently forget the unimaginable maligning campaign BJP had against Urmila Matondkar not so long back.

    3. Another campaign of BJP which is echoed in comment section : Balasaheb was great but Uddhav is the villain. They fear Marathi people base won’t like anything against Balasaheb, that’s true. But at the same time, one must understand that Marathi people won’t like it against UT/AT also if it’s shameless agenda of maligning their image. Also to refresh memories, Balasaheb was the only leader in opposition camp who openly supported Indira Gandhi during emergency, rather Indira Gandhi was the only congress leader whom he adored. It’s no surprise then that Sanjay Raut and SS is welcoming comparison of UT with Indiraji.

    4. Aditya Thackeray is wonderful human being, very decent polite development minded young leader who has a bright future. In very little time, he has demonstrated his administrative skills in Tourism ministry. And that’s why BJP is all out against him, there that eminent challenger in future to be dealt with. SSR case was dragged unnecessarily into political mess and BJP crossed all lines to stretch all imaginations to involve AT into that. To the credit of AT, so called inexperienced 30 year old young man, he is unfettered by this at least in public and doing the right thing of focusing on work.

    5. Finally there is Governor. What a great man, loyal to his party and his leader. As BJP is known for it, to degenerate all the great institutions of this country and make them subservient to the great leader who may only be compared with the great Sardar Patel, the faith in the institution of Governor is all but lost. Giving oath to the new government at 730 in the morning and lifting president rule in 3 hours, deliberately meddling into political affairs of the state, giving grand welcome to Kangana who happens to be greatest celebrity India ever has with Y+security cover GOI ( I wonder whether GOI would have extended same courtesy to poor family of Naik receiving daily threats), showing faith in party agenda rather than constitution when questioning the CM whether he has turned secular if Mandirs are not opened during pandemic – these are all great acts of valour requiring tremendous courage to defy norms and precedence. I’m bringing this issue up because in near future we all will see H.E. Governor of Maharashtra meddling into Arnab case and reprimanding government for not handling the issue well. After all, Governor of Maharashtra is supposed to do everything to protect interests of citizen of the state, specially those who are against opposition party ruled government. He may well be reminded politely that Naik family members are also citizens of Maharashtra and before meddling into Arnab case, they should be heard – just their side of story to be heard without even giving grand welcome like Kangana.

    Disclaimer : I support wholeheartedly the decision of abrogation of article370, foreign policy of India, I’m proud of soldiers and Indian army and glad to see government backing them, and the decisions of Modi-Shah in the interest of country. Protecting criminal, solidarity to criminal by wearing black ribbons, maligning common Marathi family and trying every bit to topple opposition government cannot be in the best interest of the country. Just hate them when they reduce themselves to political partisanship and spread hatred, divisiveness, polarisation and intolerance.

    Disclaimer is important because the BJP Bhakta will nevertheless drag the conversation on those lines irrelevant to present case, as that’s the only defence available and that’s what they do all the time.

    • Sir,
      Is this the same Vinod Dua who was named in a me too case?
      Also is it in video causing a panchayat president to file a case against a journalist in Uttar Pradesh for the midday meal scam?. I would not be sure.

      • This coloumist don’t know real politics, if shiv Sena marata pride, then what about Sharad pawar and his family ready to sacrifice CM post when they have Supriya Sule, Ajith pawar and his son.

        If Shiv Sena sacrifice CM post when they have Aditya Takrey, Uddav Tackrey and what about Prithvi Raj Chawan, Ashok chavan is they INC not greed power after losing every state, party needs money.

        In the name of Maratha pride all are not blind support family politics. Everyone pull each other different.

        BJP is completely different they vote only for Modi, because of his trust on.

        This coloumist writing one side of coin. The politics much far than that. Some points may write but not all. His dream Marta party not consolidate every time

        • They failed to handle Covid 19 very badly and got involved in other issues.

          COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra

          240 days after, experts dissect State and Centre’s decisions to contain the virus
          Maharashtra’s COVID-19 crisis is the result of many factors — failure of collective action between the Centre and the State, lack of Mumbai-specific approach to fight against the virus, and a blanket implementation of lockdown without a plan to utilise the time effectively and prepare the health system.

          These are some of the observations of health experts and activists who have closely analysed the turn of events over the last 100 days, since Maharashtra recorded its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on March 9.

          The State is now a red zone, accounting for nearly 32% of India’s cases and 41% of the deaths. While the healthcare system continues to crumble under the pressure, a new wave of cases is anticipated as the State begins to unlock in phases.

          Tragedy of errors

          Virologist Dr. T Jacob John termed Maharashtra’s situation as a tragedy of errors. He said responding to such large-scale epidemics is the Centre’s job, as per India’s constitutional norms.

          “I don’t think Maharashtra was properly advised, warned, and given a blueprint by the Centre to follow.

          So, when the epidemic hit, Maharashtra was under-prepared,” Dr. Jacob John said, adding the Indian government was too slow to react and it should have acted before the virus came into the country in January.

          “Our parliament was adjourned only on March 23. What message does this send to all States? That everything is normal.”

          According to Dr. Jacob John, Kerala managed to take independent decisions while most other States did not. “Maharashtra should have activated its think-tank as Kerala did.”

          He said that the lockdown gave a false impression of supreme confidence but the reality was that it was not going to work in extremely congested places like Mumbai.

          “Mumbai is the economic engine and the city had to be protected with extra care. But a Mumbai-specific approach was never taken,” he said.

          Long-term repercussions

          Experts highlighted how the governments — the State as well as the Centre — had a casual approach about the upcoming threat.

          “We knew about the possible threat since December end. Yet, at the airports, most people got a safe passage even as they were asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

          Why did not we implement compulsory quarantining of passengers?” questioned Soumitra Ghosh, a professor from the School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

          He said there continues to be a rise in cases because the epidemic could not be arrested in time. “In Wuhan, they managed to mobilise manpower of 43,000 in two weeks.

          How many doctors, intensivists have been brought to Mumbai from other parts?

          There is an absolute lack of collective action between the Centre and the State even as Maharashtra dabbles with the surge,” Mr. Ghosh said, warning that the mishandling of the situation has caused great disruptions and the long-term repercussions, especially in patients requiring non-COVID-19 treatment, would be worrisome.

          Lockdown, a crude instrument

          Public health expert Dr. Abhay Shukla said the generalised lockdown had a dampening effect than a precise outcome.

          “Take the examples of South Korea or Kerala, where the entire focus was on intensive outreach, testing, contact tracing, isolation, and containment or micro containment,” Dr. Shukla said, adding that with such strategies, the need for a blanket lockdown would have been less.

      • I see Arnab and Republic as the best INDIA has got in a media House. In fact Republic Media is better than BBC, Sky News , CNN.

        Now the reason for my high rating of Republic isn t because I actually like the news, I don’t. I have simply given Republic the High rating because it is doing exactly what a media house should do challenge within democracy.

        You seem to imply the Maharashtra government is leading well. They are not doing well.

        If you have to repress people you are not leading but dictating. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the actually facts about Mumbai .

        The government has not been duly elected by the people Further I don’t share your bias that Arnab and Republic are targeting Maharashtra government.

        Not true.

        A number of cases have occured whwre the conduct of police and government has been very suspicious and strange.

        The arrest according to the magistrates court is illegal for the 2018 case you refer to was closed and wpuld require new or further evidence directly linking Arnab with the Suicide.

        In fact a lawyer has reported that he has looked or gained access to the alledged suicide letter and suggests with investigation it should establish it was written by a woman and not the man who is deceased.

        Your post overall is senseless and without insult pointless. For the idea should be to express your thoughts without appearing to take sides or in your case besmirch Arnab and his Channel.

        Further like it not I am not into news at all but it is evident Republic is relevant to India right now and the other media houses cannot cut it. Reason they do not believe in people nor in the idea of serving people .

        So the entire episode of Uddav and Param arresting Arnab illegally and re opening a case which should be done via the court law is 100% wrong.

        Further their action are clearly maligned and vengeful. I have listened to Arnab about the Maha Governenmt and I can see it is the truth because I don’t see malice or ill motive in Arnab, a nationalist yes, do I share that idea not really but he wants a better India.

        Not one where media play to the narritive’s of corrupt politicians and mafia within the systems of Maharashtra.

        So I am a fan of Arnqb and Republic and I think Maharashtra will pay the price legally for using laws, due process thrown aside. Constitution of INDIA mocked and your high courts , Supreme Courts and Magistrates Courts.

        I don’t see why Uddav and Param are in these high profile riles. It certainly ain’t to serve people. It drunk on power over people . What you have missed and quite important.

        This people of India whom feels this channel represents them as opposed to India Today or other channels more middle class and upper.

        But I am sure that everything would be out soon.

        I see Arnab and Republic as the best INDIA has got in a media House. In fact Republic Media is better than BBC, Sky News , CNN.

        Now the reason for my high rating of Republic isn t because I actually like the news, I don’t. I have simply given Republic the High rating because it is doing exactly what a media house should do challenge within democracy.

        You seem to imply the Maharashtra government is leading well. They are not doing well.

        If you have to repress people you are not leading but dictating. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the actually facts about Mumbai .

        The government has not been duly elected by the people Further I don’t share your bias that Arnab and Republic are targeting Maharashtra government.

        Not true.

        A number of cases have occured whwre the conduct of police and government has been very suspicious and strange.

        The arrest according to the magistrates court is illegal for the 2018 case you refer to was closed and wpuld require new or further evidence directly linking Arnab with the Suicide.

        In fact a lawyer has reported that he has looked or gained access to the alledged suicide letter and suggests with investigation it should establish it was written by a woman and not the man who is deceased.

        Your post overall is senseless and without insult pointless. For the idea should be to express your thoughts without appearing to take sides or in your case besmirch Arnab and his Channel.

        Further like it not I am not into news at all but it is evident Republic is relevant to India right now and the other media houses cannot cut it. Reason they do not believe in people nor in the idea of serving people .

        So the entire episode of Uddav and Param arresting Arnab illegally and re opening a case which should be done via the court law is 100% wrong.

        Further their action are clearly maligned and vengeful. I have listened to Arnab about the Maha Governenmt and I can see it is the truth because I don’t see malice or ill motive in Arnab, a nationalist yes, do I share that idea not really but he wants a better India.

        Not one where media play to the narritive’s of corrupt politicians and mafia within the systems of Maharashtra.

        So I am a fan of Arnqb and Republic and I think Maharashtra will pay the price legally for using laws, due process thrown aside. Constitution of INDIA mocked and your high courts , Supreme Courts and Magistrates Courts.

        I don’t see why Uddav and Param are in these high profile riles. It certainly ain’t to serve people. It drunk on power over people . What you have missed and quite important.

        This people of India whom feels this channel represents them as opposed to India Today or other channels more middle class and upper.

        But I am sure that everything would be out soon.

        Yes in a matter of days .But I am sure that New Delhi is watching .

        Further their action are clearly maligned and vengeful. I have listened to Arnab about the Maha Governenmt and I can see it is the truth because I don’t see malice or ill motive in Arnab, a nationalist yes, do I share that idea not really but he wants a better India.

        Everything was good earlier.

        • I only think that Aarey metro carshed removal was the best decision.Apart from that Everything was wrong .

          It was bad to see that Covid went out of control.But Aarey was the only best decision.

          Moving the metro carshed .

          This was a success to be honest .But other things went wrong apart from this.

          Metro car shed in Mumbai to move from Aarey to Kanjurmarg

          Not enough: The committee said the car shed site in Aarey colony has a buildable area of only 23 hectares.

          Not enough: The committee said the car shed site in Aarey colony has a buildable area of only 23 hectares. |

          Environmentalists welcome decision; 800 acres in Aarey declared as forest area; cases against protesters to be dropped: Maharashtra CM

          Fulfilling one of its promises in the Shiv Sena election manifesto, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced the shifting of the Metro car shed from the Aarey forest area in the western suburbs to a government plot in Kanjurmarg in the eastern suburbs at “zero cost”.

          “We all are aware of the Metro car shed construction issues at Aarey.

          They were raised even before the Assembly elections last year.

          I was not the Chief Minister then but was heading the party contesting the elections, and we opposed the plan at that time,” Mr. Thackeray said in a webcast.

          “The car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg. So questions will arise as to who will bear these costs.

          Let me make this clear today. The State government has allotted the land for Metro for “zero rupees”,” he said.

          The Chief Minister said the move to build the car shed at Aarey had seen a lot of protests, agitations, cutting of trees at night, and charges filed against protesters.

          “The Cabinet has decided to drop all charges filed against the protesters striving to protect the environment,” he added.

          Mr. Thackeray said the building which has come up in the Aarey site will be utilised for some other public purpose. “About ₹100 crore expenditure was incurred for the purpose and it won’t go waste,” he said.

          Nearly 800 acres in Aarey has been declared as forest area, making it the first extensive forest blossoming within city limits anywhere in the world, the CM said.

          “The State government has ensured that the rights of the tribal communities, stable owners and other stakeholders in the area are protected,” he said.

          In another move likely to benefit Mumbaikars, Mr. Thackeray announced that Metro 3 and Metro 6 lines will be joined, facilitating direct connectivity of the eastern suburbs with south Mumbai.

          The 33.5 km fully underground Metro-3 line, being constructed by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., runs from Colaba in south Mumbai to Seepz in the western suburbs.

          The 14.47 km Metro 6 runs from Lokhandwala to Kanjurmarg.

          At the peak of protests by environment activists, students and residents over construction of the car shed in Aarey, the proposed site was cleared with the cutting of trees in the dead of the night.

          The Shiv Sena, which was then an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led ruling alliance in the State under Devendra Fadnavis, was vocal in its opposition to the construction.

          Cases had been filed against several green activists, political workers and students who were detained for opposing the government action.

          While Mr. Fadnavis remained undeterred, the Sena had promised to stop construction of the car shed if it came to power.

          One of the first decisions of Mr. Thackeray, on being sworn in as head of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government last year, was to stop work on the car shed.

          The government also appointed a committee to study feasibility of the project. Last month, the Cabinet initiated proceedings to declare the Aarey site as a forest area.

          Unfortunate, says Fadnavis
          Mr. Fadnavis termed the decision unfortunate and one taken to satisfy the ruling party’s ego. “This decision will increase the cost of the project by at least ₹4,000 crore.

          This cost escalation is assessed by the committee appointed by this government,” he said.

          “The Kanjurmarg site was earlier considered by the government, but it was under litigation and stayed by the High Court.

          Some private individuals claimed their rights and the stay was requested to be withdrawn.

          However, the court wanted the amount to be deposited if the claims got settled in future,” said Mr. Fadnavis.

          He said that the amount was around ₹2,400 crore in 2015.

          “What is the status of that case today? And if someone moves the Supreme Court, who will be responsible for the delay?” he asked.

          Moreover, since the site in Kanjurmarg is a marshy land, it will require at least two years to stabilise it, he added, claiming that all the previous tenders will have to be scraped and a new process will have to be followed now.

          “This means that the Metro project, which would have been in the service of Mumbaikars just next year, has now been postponed indefinitely,” said the ex-CM.

          ‘Win for both’
          Reacting to the announcement on Sunday afternoon, Environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said, “Aarey Saved”.

          Opposition BJP said the Chief Minister’s claims were misleading. “The land in Kanjurmarg in under litigation.

          The expert committee had recommended existing Aarey land for the project,” said BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar.

          Countering this, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik of the Nationalist Congress Party and an MVA ally, said, “Maharashtra CM has made an announcement as he had promised during polls.

          It is extremely wrong to question the authenticity of information he has provided.”

          The move has been welcomed by environmental activists who thanked the MVA government.

          “The blackmail of Aarey or Metro has finally ended. It’s a win for both Aarey and Metro today. We thank the government, especially CM and Environment Minister for the decision,” said Stalin D.

          One of the leading green activists who had been fighting against the car shed and demanding that Aarey land be declared a forest.

          More why important ?

          The rainforests of Amazon are known as the ‘lungs of the world.’ Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony, with its 1,300 hectares of forest land, is called the ‘last lung of Mumbai.’

          On the one hand, the Amazon rainforests continue to burn, and on the other, Aarey forest is in danger. Cutting of trees and indiscriminate deforestation are not just issues of the present, they have long-term implications for the future.

          Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of Aarey Forest.

          Scramble for Milk, Land, and Oxygen
          After India gained independence in 1947, the city of Mumbai was launched into a world of rapid expansion.

          Known as the ‘city of dreams’, people from all over the country made their way to Mumbai to make money and name for themselves.

          Historically, the city received a steady supply of agricultural produce from around the country. However, there were a few things that were locally sourced, including milk.

          This drive for easily accessible milk resources led to the formation of the Aarey Milk Colony.

          This piece of land was handed over to the Department of Dairy Development, and a small part of it was reserved for cattle rearing.

          Proposed by Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Dara N. Khurody, the Aarey Milk Colony was brought into existence in 1949.

          Then-Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru officially inaugurated Aarey by planting a sapling there in 1951 – he believed he was ‘planting the future.’

          Has that tree even survived the multiple attempts to cut into Aarey over the last 70 years?

          While the current drive to cut over 2,700 trees and clear 33 hectares or 2% of the forested land to accommodate the Metro car shed proposed by the MMRCL has invited the ire of many Indians, the truth is that this is not the first time that Aarey has been targeted.

          In 1977, around 200 hectares of Aarey forest were cleared to make space for the Film City. In 2010, the proposed plan to expand the Byculla Zoo to include a night safari route for tourists was put into action.

          A further 40 acres of forested land was cleared to accommodate this expansion.

          Where is the Air?
          Greenpeace and IQAir AirVisual released their latest data in March 2019.

          According to this data, Mumbai has the dubious honour of being the most polluted city in the state of Maharashtra, and the 27th most polluted city in the country.

          The air quality within the city was measured as the worst in the last 20 years.

          It is not just Aarey that is danger – it is Mumbai, the millions of hardworking people who call the city their home, and the teeming flora and fauna indigenous to Mumbai that is in immediate and deep danger.

          The slow whittling away of forested land is how forests are diverted and destroyed.

          The argument that the proposed deforestation clears a much lesser area than what has already been done before is a fallacious one because hacking away the tree cover in bits and pieces will not stop until Aarey forest, with its rich history, becomes history

        • Failure in handling of Coronavirus .

          Clear Failure and miscalculation.

          They failed to handle Covid 19 very badly and got involved in other issues.

          COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra

          200 days after, experts dissect State and Centre’s decisions to contain the virus
          Maharashtra’s COVID-19 crisis is the result of many factors — failure of collective action between the Centre and the State, lack of Mumbai-specific approach to fight against the virus, and a blanket implementation of lockdown without a plan to utilise the time effectively and prepare the health system.

          These are some of the observations of health experts and activists who have closely analysed the turn of events over the last 100 days, since Maharashtra recorded its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on March 9.

          The State is now a red zone, accounting for nearly 32% of India’s cases and 41% of the deaths. While the healthcare system continues to crumble under the pressure, a new wave of cases is anticipated as the State begins to unlock in phases.

          Tragedy of errors

          Virologist Dr. T Jacob John termed Maharashtra’s situation as a tragedy of errors. He said responding to such large-scale epidemics is the Centre’s job, as per India’s constitutional norms.

          “I don’t think Maharashtra was properly advised, warned, and given a blueprint by the Centre to follow.

          So, when the epidemic hit, Maharashtra was under-prepared,” Dr. Jacob John said, adding the Indian government was too slow to react and it should have acted before the virus came into the country in January.

          “Our parliament was adjourned only on March 23. What message does this send to all States? That everything is normal.”

          According to Dr. Jacob John, Kerala managed to take independent decisions while most other States did not. “Maharashtra should have activated its think-tank as Kerala did.”

          He said that the lockdown gave a false impression of supreme confidence but the reality was that it was not going to work in extremely congested places like Mumbai.

          “Mumbai is the economic engine and the city had to be protected with extra care. But a Mumbai-specific approach was never taken,” he said.

          Long-term repercussions

          Experts highlighted how the governments — the State as well as the Centre — had a casual approach about the upcoming threat.

          “We knew about the possible threat since December end. Yet, at the airports, most people got a safe passage even as they were asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

          Why did not we implement compulsory quarantining of passengers?” questioned Soumitra Ghosh, a professor from the School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

          He said there continues to be a rise in cases because the epidemic could not be arrested in time. “In Wuhan, they managed to mobilise manpower of 43,000 in two weeks.

          How many doctors, intensivists have been brought to Mumbai from other parts?

          There is an absolute lack of collective action between the Centre and the State even as Maharashtra dabbles with the surge,” Mr. Ghosh said, warning that the mishandling of the situation has caused great disruptions and the long-term repercussions, especially in patients requiring non-COVID-19 treatment, would be worrisome.

          Lockdown, a crude instrument

          Public health expert Dr. Abhay Shukla said the generalised lockdown had a dampening effect than a precise outcome.

          “Take the examples of South Korea or Kerala, where the entire focus was on intensive outreach, testing, contact tracing, isolation, and containment or micro containment,” Dr. Shukla said, adding that with such strategies, the need for a blanket lockdown would have been less.

          • Republic Media is better than BBC, Sky News , CNN.

            Now the reason for my high rating of Republic isn t because I actually like the news, I don’t. I have simply given Republic the High rating because it is doing exactly what a media house should do challenge within democracy.

            You seem to imply the Maharashtra government is leading well.

            They are not doing well. If you have to repress people you are not leading but dictating. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the actually facts about Mumbai .

            The government has not been duly elected by the people Further I don’t share your bias that Arnab and Republic are targeting Maharashtra government. Not true.

            A number of cases have occured whwre the conduct of police and government has been very suspicious and strange.

            The arrest according to the magistrates court is illegal for the 2018 case you refer to was closed and wpuld require new or further evidence directly linking Arnab with the Suicide.

            In fact a lawyer has reported that he has looked or gained access to the alledged suicide letter and suggests with investigation it should establish it was written by a woman and not the man who is deceased.

            Your post overall is senseless and without insult pointless. For the idea should be to express your thoughts without appearing to take sides or in your case besmirch Arnab and his Channel.

            Further like it not I am not into news at all but it is evident Republic is relevant to India right now and the other media houses cannot cut it. Reason they do not believe in people nor in the idea of serving people .

            So the entire episode of Uddav and Param arresting Arnab illegally and re opening a case which should be done via the court law is 100% wrong.

            Further their action are clearly maligned and vengeful.

            I have listened to Arnab about the Maha Governenmt and I can see it is the truth because I don’t see malice or ill motive in Arnab, a nationalist yes, do I share that idea not really but he wants a better India.

            Not one where media play to the narritive’s of corrupt politicians and mafia within the systems of Maharashtra.

            So I am a fan of Arnqb and Republic and I think Maharashtra will pay the price legally for using laws, due process thrown aside. Constitution of INDIA mocked and your high courts , Supreme Courts and Magistrates Courts.

            I don’t see why Uddav and Param are in these high profile riles. It certainly ain’t to serve people. It drunk on power over people .

            What you have missed and quite important.

            If anything happens to Arnab while in custody which we all hope he returns to his job and family and the viewers of Republic safely . India is on the verge of mass civil unrest and this is not BJP.

            This people of India whom feels this channel represents them as opposed to India Today or other channels more middle class and upper.

            Republic TV is a free-to-air Indian right-wing[1][2] news channel launched in May 2017. It was co-founded by Arnab Goswami

            and Rajeev Chandrasekhar, before the latter relinquished his stake in May 2019, leaving Goswami the majority stakeholder.[3] Chandrasekhar was an independent legislator from the National Democratic Alliance

            who later joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and Goswami was the former editor-in-chief of Times Now.

            The venture was funded primarily by Chandrashekhar through his company Asianet Network.

        • Arnab Goswami has done great service to Indian journalism, and authors poorly written article proves this point.

          It is Arnab Goswami who has highlighted various issues which our highly dishonest left “liberal” journalists choose to conveniently ignore.

          This includes issues such as triple talaq, the benefits of the CAA, the issue of the gruesome murder of Kamlesh Tiwari (which leftist channels falsely blamed on BJP/RSS workers), cases such as the murder of Nikita Tomar, the murder of sadhus etc

          Were it not for Arnab, such issues would never have seen the light of the day. Let us not forget that leftists journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai indulged in false reporting during the Sohrabuddin encounter case, and were let go by the court for a mere apology.

          Let us not forget that several UPA-allied government including the present Maharashtra government is preventing fair investigation by curbing the entry of the CBI.

          As far as criticizing Arnab for his journalism, what has Shivam Vij done other than his banal, poorly composed, repetitive rants against Narendra Modi.

          Arnab Goswami has done great service to Indian journalism, and authors poorly written article proves this point.

          It is Arnab Goswami who has highlighted various issues which our highly dishonest left “liberal” journalists choose to conveniently ignore.

          This includes issues such as triple talaq, the benefits of the CAA, the issue of the gruesome murder of Kamlesh Tiwari (which leftist channels falsely blamed on BJP/RSS workers), cases such as the murder of Nikita Tomar, the murder of sadhus etc

          Were it not for Arnab, such issues would never have seen the light of the day. Let us not forget that leftists journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai indulged in false reporting during the Sohrabuddin encounter case, and were let go by the court for a mere apology.

          Let us not forget that several UPA-allied government including the present Maharashtra government is preventing fair investigation by curbing the entry of the CBI.

          As far as criticizing Arnab for his journalism, what has Shivam Vij done other than his banal, poorly composed, repetitive rants against Narendra Modi.

          Arnab Goswami has done great service to Indian journalism, and authors poorly written article proves this point.

          It is Arnab Goswami who has highlighted various issues which our highly dishonest left “liberal” journalists choose to conveniently ignore.

          This includes issues such as triple talaq, the benefits of the CAA, the issue of the gruesome murder of Kamlesh Tiwari (which leftist channels falsely blamed on BJP/RSS workers), cases such as the murder of Nikita Tomar, the murder of sadhus etc

          Were it not for Arnab, such issues would never have seen the light of the day. Let us not forget that leftists journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai indulged in false reporting during the Sohrabuddin encounter case, and were let go by the court for a mere apology.

          Let us not forget that several UPA-allied government including the present Maharashtra government is preventing fair investigation by curbing the entry of the CBI.

          As far as criticizing Arnab for his journalism, what has Shivam Vij done other than his banal, poorly composed, repetitive rants against Narendra Modi.

          Arnab Goswami has done great service to Indian journalism, and authors poorly written article proves this point.

          It is Arnab Goswami who has highlighted various issues which our highly dishonest left “liberal” journalists choose to conveniently ignore.

          This includes issues such as triple talaq, the benefits of the CAA, the issue of the gruesome murder of Kamlesh Tiwari (which leftist channels falsely blamed on BJP/RSS workers), cases such as the murder of Nikita Tomar, the murder of sadhus etc

          Were it not for Arnab, such issues would never have seen the light of the day. Let us not forget that leftists journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai indulged in false reporting during the Sohrabuddin encounter case, and were let go by the court for a mere apology.

          Let us not forget that several UPA-allied government including the present Maharashtra government is preventing fair investigation by curbing the entry of the CBI.

          As far as criticizing Arnab for his journalism, what has Shivam Vij done other than his banal, poorly composed, repetitive rants against Narendra Modi.

          Arnab Goswami has done great service to Indian journalism, and authors poorly written article proves this point.

          It is Arnab Goswami who has highlighted various issues which our highly dishonest left “liberal” journalists choose to conveniently ignore.

          This includes issues such as triple talaq, the benefits of the CAA, the issue of the gruesome murder of Kamlesh Tiwari (which leftist channels falsely blamed on BJP/RSS workers), cases such as the murder of Nikita Tomar, the murder of sadhus etc

          Were it not for Arnab, such issues would never have seen the light of the day. Let us not forget that leftists journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai indulged in false reporting during the Sohrabuddin encounter case, and were let go by the court for a mere apology.

          Let us not forget that several UPA-allied government including the present Maharashtra government is preventing fair investigation by curbing the entry of the CBI.

          As far as criticizing Arnab for his journalism, what has Shivam Vij done other than his banal, poorly composed, repetitive rants against Narendra Modi.

          Arnab Goswami has done great service to Indian journalism, and authors poorly written article proves this point.

          It is Arnab Goswami who has highlighted various issues which our highly dishonest left “liberal” journalists choose to conveniently ignore.

          This includes issues such as triple talaq, the benefits of the CAA, the issue of the gruesome murder of Kamlesh Tiwari (which leftist channels falsely blamed on BJP/RSS workers), cases such as the murder of Nikita Tomar, the murder of sadhus etc

          Were it not for Arnab, such issues would never have seen the light of the day. Let us not forget that leftists journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai indulged in false reporting during the Sohrabuddin encounter case, and were let go by the court for a mere apology.

          Let us not forget that several UPA-allied government including the present Maharashtra government is preventing fair investigation by curbing the entry of the CBI.

          As far as criticizing Arnab for his journalism, what has Shivam Vij done other than his banal, poorly composed, repetitive rants against Narendra Modi.

      • They failed to handle Covid 19 very badly and got involved in other issues.

        COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra

        200 days after, experts dissect State and Centre’s decisions to contain the virus
        Maharashtra’s COVID-19 crisis is the result of many factors — failure of collective action between the Centre and the State, lack of Mumbai-specific approach to fight against the virus, and a blanket implementation of lockdown without a plan to utilise the time effectively and prepare the health system.

        These are some of the observations of health experts and activists who have closely analysed the turn of events over the last 100 days, since Maharashtra recorded its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on March 9.

        The State is now a red zone, accounting for nearly 32% of India’s cases and 41% of the deaths. While the healthcare system continues to crumble under the pressure, a new wave of cases is anticipated as the State begins to unlock in phases.

        Tragedy of errors

        Virologist Dr. T Jacob John termed Maharashtra’s situation as a tragedy of errors. He said responding to such large-scale epidemics is the Centre’s job, as per India’s constitutional norms.

        “I don’t think Maharashtra was properly advised, warned, and given a blueprint by the Centre to follow.

        So, when the epidemic hit, Maharashtra was under-prepared,” Dr. Jacob John said, adding the Indian government was too slow to react and it should have acted before the virus came into the country in January.

        “Our parliament was adjourned only on March 23. What message does this send to all States? That everything is normal.”

        According to Dr. Jacob John, Kerala managed to take independent decisions while most other States did not. “Maharashtra should have activated its think-tank as Kerala did.”

        He said that the lockdown gave a false impression of supreme confidence but the reality was that it was not going to work in extremely congested places like Mumbai.

        “Mumbai is the economic engine and the city had to be protected with extra care. But a Mumbai-specific approach was never taken,” he said.

        Long-term repercussions

        Experts highlighted how the governments — the State as well as the Centre — had a casual approach about the upcoming threat.

        “We knew about the possible threat since December end. Yet, at the airports, most people got a safe passage even as they were asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

        Why did not we implement compulsory quarantining of passengers?” questioned Soumitra Ghosh, a professor from the School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

        He said there continues to be a rise in cases because the epidemic could not be arrested in time. “In Wuhan, they managed to mobilise manpower of 43,000 in two weeks.

        How many doctors, intensivists have been brought to Mumbai from other parts?

        There is an absolute lack of collective action between the Centre and the State even as Maharashtra dabbles with the surge,” Mr. Ghosh said, warning that the mishandling of the situation has caused great disruptions and the long-term repercussions, especially in patients requiring non-COVID-19 treatment, would be worrisome.

        Lockdown, a crude instrument

        Public health expert Dr. Abhay Shukla said the generalised lockdown had a dampening effect than a precise outcome.

        “Take the examples of South Korea or Kerala, where the entire focus was on intensive outreach, testing, contact tracing, isolation, and containment or micro containment,” Dr. Shukla said, adding that with such strategies, the need for a blanket lockdown would have been less.

        • MVA govt failed to perform because of instability.

          Failed to handle the Covid cases.

          The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra has failed to perform because of its unstable alliance and this is the reason why the government does not have funds to help farmers.

          “It may be noted that there are three different parties at the helm of the state. As a result, The entire government has not been able to perform.

          The state government had assumed office saying that farmers will have a clean ‘right of records’, which means, there will be no loans against them.

          But the government was unable to perform and now the farmers are in deep trouble,” .

          Maharashtra has had a dubious distinction of being number one in Covid-19 infection and it was because of the failure of the state government which never paid heed to the advice from the Centre. It also did not take people into confidence.

          “It was very bad that the Shiv Sena failed to provide support to women fighting injustice in Mumbai. Had he been alive, found of Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray ji wouldn’t have liked the current state of affairs,”.

          Pointing out that would not allow the relocation of Bollywood out of Mumbai and his party members would ensure such moves were foiled by taking appropriate steps as and when required.

          Explaining stand on the film industry and drugs, I believe in providing no support to any drug-tainted actor.

          “We don’t want any actor tainted in the drugs case to be given films. If that is done, then members of the party would spread across the state and country to ensure that the particular film is not be allowed to perform,”.

          MVA govt failed to perform because of instability.

          Failed to handle the Covid cases.

          The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra has failed to perform because of its unstable alliance and this is the reason why the government does not have funds to help farmers.

          “It may be noted that there are three different parties at the helm of the state. As a result, The entire government has not been able to perform.

          The state government had assumed office saying that farmers will have a clean ‘right of records’, which means, there will be no loans against them.

          But the government was unable to perform and now the farmers are in deep trouble,” .

          Maharashtra has had a dubious distinction of being number one in Covid-19 infection and it was because of the failure of the state government which never paid heed to the advice from the Centre. It also did not take people into confidence.

          “It was very bad that the Shiv Sena failed to provide support to women fighting injustice in Mumbai. Had he been alive, found of Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray ji wouldn’t have liked the current state of affairs,”.

          Pointing out that would not allow the relocation of Bollywood out of Mumbai and his party members would ensure such moves were foiled by taking appropriate steps as and when required.

          Explaining stand on the film industry and drugs, I believe in providing no support to any drug-tainted actor.

          “We don’t want any actor tainted in the drugs case to be given films. If that is done, then members of the party would spread across the state and country to ensure that the particular film is not be allowed to perform,”.

          • They are still unable to solve water and floods on roads even after a little rain.

            The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will appoint a technical consultant to understand reasons for waterlogging in the city and suggest a permanent solution.

            This year, BMC has pumped 17,145 million litres of water from Mumbai during waterlogging.

            “We are appointing consultant for Mumbai to find a permanent solution to waterlogging in problematic spots. This will be an extensive survey, with special focus on chronic flooding spots and low-lying areas.

            We need to check if a permanent solution can be found, such as deep tunnelling,” said a senior officer from the stormwater drains (SWD) department.

            The consultant will have technical and engineering expertise in SWD along with prior experience of handling such projects. They will be given a list of chronic waterlogging spots, including Hindmata, Gandhi Market near Matunga, Chembur Colony and Andheri subway, for the study.

            The decision comes on the back of allocating and spending dedicated budgets to find solutions to waterlogging at 273 spots across the city, over the last four years.

            The officer said, “Despite our efforts, waterlogging happened in the city this year too.”

            After the monsoon of 2018, BMC tried micro-planning to deal with flooding in the city and the SWD department was tasked with studying chronic flooding spots individually and come up with personalised solutions, in addition to cleaning water entrances and laterals, and desilting drains.

            However, waterlogging has remained a recurring problem.

            On August 4 and 5, Mumbai experienced very heavy rainfall and various parts of the city experienced severe waterlogging, including locations that usually do not see flooding, like Babulnath, Girgaum chowpatty and Nariman Point in south Mumbai.

            Waterlogging was reported at nine prominent locations in the island city, four locations in the eastern suburbs, and three locations in the western suburbs.

            As in 2019, the water took several hours to drain, though the flooding may be partially due to the city recording its highest ever August rainfall 1974 on August 5.

            BMC’s 2020-21 budget allocated Rs 912.10 crore to the SWD department.

            The civic body had declared that during the 2020 monsoon, only 24 waterlogging spots would remain since the rest had been dealt with over the past three years. SWD department has spent Rs 2,903.28 crore for capital expenditures including repair and cleaning of drains and water laterals, nullah desilting, widening, repairing manholes, etc, between 2016 and 2019.

            However, during the lockdown, BMC lost out on crucial months for its monsoon-preparedness work and was unable to complete fixing over 40 waterlogging spots.

            They are still unable to solve water and floods on roads even after a little rain.

            The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will appoint a technical consultant to understand reasons for waterlogging in the city and suggest a permanent solution.

            This year, BMC has pumped 17,145 million litres of water from Mumbai during waterlogging.

            “We are appointing consultant for Mumbai to find a permanent solution to waterlogging in problematic spots. This will be an extensive survey, with special focus on chronic flooding spots and low-lying areas.

            We need to check if a permanent solution can be found, such as deep tunnelling,” said a senior officer from the stormwater drains (SWD) department.

            The consultant will have technical and engineering expertise in SWD along with prior experience of handling such projects. They will be given a list of chronic waterlogging spots, including Hindmata, Gandhi Market near Matunga, Chembur Colony and Andheri subway, for the study.

            The decision comes on the back of allocating and spending dedicated budgets to find solutions to waterlogging at 273 spots across the city, over the last four years.

            The officer said, “Despite our efforts, waterlogging happened in the city this year too.”

            After the monsoon of 2018, BMC tried micro-planning to deal with flooding in the city and the SWD department was tasked with studying chronic flooding spots individually and come up with personalised solutions, in addition to cleaning water entrances and laterals, and desilting drains.

            However, waterlogging has remained a recurring problem.

            On August 4 and 5, Mumbai experienced very heavy rainfall and various parts of the city experienced severe waterlogging, including locations that usually do not see flooding, like Babulnath, Girgaum chowpatty and Nariman Point in south Mumbai.

            Waterlogging was reported at nine prominent locations in the island city, four locations in the eastern suburbs, and three locations in the western suburbs.

            As in 2019, the water took several hours to drain, though the flooding may be partially due to the city recording its highest ever August rainfall 1974 on August 5.

            BMC’s 2020-21 budget allocated Rs 912.10 crore to the SWD department.

            The civic body had declared that during the 2020 monsoon, only 24 waterlogging spots would remain since the rest had been dealt with over the past three years. SWD department has spent Rs 2,903.28 crore for capital expenditures including repair and cleaning of drains and water laterals, nullah desilting, widening, repairing manholes, etc, between 2016 and 2019.

            However, during the lockdown, BMC lost out on crucial months for its monsoon-preparedness work and was unable to complete fixing over 40 waterlogging spots.

            They are still unable to solve water and floods on roads even after a little rain.

            The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will appoint a technical consultant to understand reasons for waterlogging in the city and suggest a permanent solution.

            This year, BMC has pumped 17,145 million litres of water from Mumbai during waterlogging.

            “We are appointing consultant for Mumbai to find a permanent solution to waterlogging in problematic spots. This will be an extensive survey, with special focus on chronic flooding spots and low-lying areas.

            We need to check if a permanent solution can be found, such as deep tunnelling,” said a senior officer from the stormwater drains (SWD) department.

            The consultant will have technical and engineering expertise in SWD along with prior experience of handling such projects. They will be given a list of chronic waterlogging spots, including Hindmata, Gandhi Market near Matunga, Chembur Colony and Andheri subway, for the study.

            The decision comes on the back of allocating and spending dedicated budgets to find solutions to waterlogging at 273 spots across the city, over the last four years.

            The officer said, “Despite our efforts, waterlogging happened in the city this year too.”

            After the monsoon of 2018, BMC tried micro-planning to deal with flooding in the city and the SWD department was tasked with studying chronic flooding spots individually and come up with personalised solutions, in addition to cleaning water entrances and laterals, and desilting drains.

            However, waterlogging has remained a recurring problem.

            On August 4 and 5, Mumbai experienced very heavy rainfall and various parts of the city experienced severe waterlogging, including locations that usually do not see flooding, like Babulnath, Girgaum chowpatty and Nariman Point in south Mumbai.

            Waterlogging was reported at nine prominent locations in the island city, four locations in the eastern suburbs, and three locations in the western suburbs.

            As in 2019, the water took several hours to drain, though the flooding may be partially due to the city recording its highest ever August rainfall 1974 on August 5.

            BMC’s 2020-21 budget allocated Rs 912.10 crore to the SWD department.

            The civic body had declared that during the 2020 monsoon, only 24 waterlogging spots would remain since the rest had been dealt with over the past three years. SWD department has spent Rs 2,903.28 crore for capital expenditures including repair and cleaning of drains and water laterals, nullah desilting, widening, repairing manholes, etc, between 2016 and 2019.

            However, during the lockdown, BMC lost out on crucial months for its monsoon-preparedness work and was unable to complete fixing over 40 waterlogging spots.

            They are still unable to solve water and floods on roads even after a little rain.

            The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will appoint a technical consultant to understand reasons for waterlogging in the city and suggest a permanent solution.

            This year, BMC has pumped 17,145 million litres of water from Mumbai during waterlogging.

            “We are appointing consultant for Mumbai to find a permanent solution to waterlogging in problematic spots. This will be an extensive survey, with special focus on chronic flooding spots and low-lying areas.

            We need to check if a permanent solution can be found, such as deep tunnelling,” said a senior officer from the stormwater drains (SWD) department.

            The consultant will have technical and engineering expertise in SWD along with prior experience of handling such projects. They will be given a list of chronic waterlogging spots, including Hindmata, Gandhi Market near Matunga, Chembur Colony and Andheri subway, for the study.

            The decision comes on the back of allocating and spending dedicated budgets to find solutions to waterlogging at 273 spots across the city, over the last four years.

            The officer said, “Despite our efforts, waterlogging happened in the city this year too.”

            After the monsoon of 2018, BMC tried micro-planning to deal with flooding in the city and the SWD department was tasked with studying chronic flooding spots individually and come up with personalised solutions, in addition to cleaning water entrances and laterals, and desilting drains.

            However, waterlogging has remained a recurring problem.

            On August 4 and 5, Mumbai experienced very heavy rainfall and various parts of the city experienced severe waterlogging, including locations that usually do not see flooding, like Babulnath, Girgaum chowpatty and Nariman Point in south Mumbai.

            Waterlogging was reported at nine prominent locations in the island city, four locations in the eastern suburbs, and three locations in the western suburbs.

            As in 2019, the water took several hours to drain, though the flooding may be partially due to the city recording its highest ever August rainfall 1974 on August 5.

            BMC’s 2020-21 budget allocated Rs 912.10 crore to the SWD department.

            The civic body had declared that during the 2020 monsoon, only 24 waterlogging spots would remain since the rest had been dealt with over the past three years. SWD department has spent Rs 2,903.28 crore for capital expenditures including repair and cleaning of drains and water laterals, nullah desilting, widening, repairing manholes, etc, between 2016 and 2019.

            However, during the lockdown, BMC lost out on crucial months for its monsoon-preparedness work and was unable to complete fixing over 40 waterlogging spots.

          • Tragedy of errors

            Virologist Dr. T Jacob John termed Maharashtra’s situation as a tragedy of errors. He said responding to such large-scale epidemics is the Centre’s job, as per India’s constitutional norms.

            “I don’t think Maharashtra was properly advised, warned, and given a blueprint by the Centre to follow.

            So, when the epidemic hit, Maharashtra was under-prepared,” Dr. Jacob John said, adding the Indian government was too slow to react and it should have acted before the virus came into the country in January.

            “Our parliament was adjourned only on March 23. What message does this send to all States? That everything is normal.”

            According to Dr. Jacob John, Kerala managed to take independent decisions while most other States did not. “Maharashtra should have activated its think-tank as Kerala did.”

            He said that the lockdown gave a false impression of supreme confidence but the reality was that it was not going to work in extremely congested places like Mumbai.

            “Mumbai is the economic engine and the city had to be protected with extra care. But a Mumbai-specific approach was never taken,” he said.

            Long-term repercussions

            Experts highlighted how the governments — the State as well as the Centre — had a casual approach about the upcoming threat.

            “We knew about the possible threat since December end. Yet, at the airports, most people got a safe passage even as they were asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

            Why did not we implement compulsory quarantining of passengers?” questioned Soumitra Ghosh, a professor from the School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

            He said there continues to be a rise in cases because the epidemic could not be arrested in time. “In Wuhan, they managed to mobilise manpower of 43,000 in two weeks.

            How many doctors, intensivists have been brought to Mumbai from other parts?

            There is an absolute lack of collective action between the Centre and the State even as Maharashtra dabbles with the surge,” Mr. Ghosh said, warning that the mishandling of the situation has caused great disruptions and the long-term repercussions, especially in patients requiring non-COVID-19 treatment, would be worrisome.

            Lockdown, a crude instrument

            Public health expert Dr. Abhay Shukla said the generalised lockdown had a dampening effect than a precise outcome.

            “Take the examples of South Korea or Kerala, where the entire focus was on intensive

        • Good at everything apart from controlling Covid and Floods in Mumbai.

          Let’s see Arnab and Republic as the best INDIA has got in a media House. In fact Republic Media is better than BBC, Sky News , CNN.

          Now the reason for my high rating of Republic isn t because I actually like the news, I don’t. I have simply given Republic the High rating because it is doing exactly what a media house should do challenge within democracy.

          You seem to imply the Maharashtra government is leading well. They are not doing well.

          If you have to repress people you are not leading but dictating. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the actually facts about Mumbai .

          The government has not been duly elected by the people Further I don’t share your bias that Arnab and Republic are targeting Maharashtra government.

          Not true.

          A number of cases have occured whwre the conduct of police and government has been very suspicious and strange.

          The arrest according to the magistrates court is illegal for the 2018 case you refer to was closed and wpuld require new or further evidence directly linking Arnab with the Suicide.

          In fact a lawyer has reported that he has looked or gained access to the alledged suicide letter and suggests with investigation it should establish it was written by a woman and not the man who is deceased.

          Your post overall is senseless and without insult pointless. For the idea should be to express your thoughts without appearing to take sides or in your case besmirch Arnab and his Channel.

          Further like it not I am not into news at all but it is evident Republic is relevant to India right now and the other media houses cannot cut it. Reason they do not believe in people nor in the idea of serving people .

          So the entire episode of Uddav and Param arresting Arnab illegally and re opening a case which should be done via the court law is 100% wrong.

          Further their action are clearly maligned and vengeful. I have listened to Arnab about the Maha Governenmt and I can see it is the truth because I don’t see malice or ill motive in Arnab, a nationalist yes, do I share that idea not really but he wants a better India.

          Not one where media play to the narritive’s of corrupt politicians and mafia within the systems of Maharashtra.

          So I am a fan of Arnqb and Republic and I think Maharashtra will pay the price legally for using laws, due process thrown aside. Constitution of INDIA mocked and your high courts , Supreme Courts and Magistrates Courts.

          I don’t see why Uddav and Param are in these high profile riles. It certainly ain’t to serve people. It drunk on power over people . What you have missed and quite important.

          This people of India whom feels this channel represents them as opposed to India Today or other channels more middle class and upper.

          But I am sure that everything would be out soon.

          I see Arnab and Republic as the best INDIA has got in a media House. In fact Republic Media is better than BBC, Sky News , CNN.

          Now the reason for my high rating of Republic isn t because I actually like the news, I don’t. I have simply given Republic the High rating because it is doing exactly what a media house should do challenge within democracy.

          You seem to imply the Maharashtra government is leading well. They are not doing well.

          If you have to repress people you are not leading but dictating. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the actually facts about Mumbai .

          The government has not been duly elected by the people Further I don’t share your bias that Arnab and Republic are targeting Maharashtra government.

          Not true.

          A number of cases have occured whwre the conduct of police and government has been very suspicious and strange.

          The arrest according to the magistrates court is illegal for the 2018 case you refer to was closed and wpuld require new or further evidence directly linking Arnab with the Suicide.

          In fact a lawyer has reported that he has looked or gained access to the alledged suicide letter and suggests with investigation it should establish it was written by a woman and not the man who is deceased.

          Your post overall is senseless and without insult pointless. For the idea should be to express your thoughts without appearing to take sides or in your case besmirch Arnab and his Channel.

          Further like it not I am not into news at all but it is evident Republic is relevant to India right now and the other media houses cannot cut it. Reason they do not believe in people nor in the idea of serving people .

          So the entire episode of Uddav and Param arresting Arnab illegally and re opening a case which should be done via the court law is 100% wrong.

          Further their action are clearly maligned and vengeful. I have listened to Arnab about the Maha Governenmt and I can see it is the truth because I don’t see malice or ill motive in Arnab, a nationalist yes, do I share that idea not really but he wants a better India.

          Not one where media play to the narritive’s of corrupt politicians and mafia within the systems of Maharashtra.

          So I am a fan of Arnqb and Republic and I think Maharashtra will pay the price legally for using laws, due process thrown aside. Constitution of INDIA mocked and your high courts , Supreme Courts and Magistrates Courts.

          I don’t see why Uddav and Param are in these high profile riles. It certainly ain’t to serve people. It drunk on power over people . What you have missed and quite important.

          This people of India whom feels this channel represents them as opposed to India Today or other channels more middle class and upper.

          But I am sure that everything would be out soon.

          Yes in a matter of days .But I am sure that New Delhi is watching .

          Further their action are clearly maligned and vengeful. I have listened to Arnab about the Maha Governenmt and I can see it is the truth because I don’t see malice or ill motive in Arnab, a nationalist yes, do I share that idea not really but he wants a better India.

          Everything was good earlier.

    • Now coming to the Sushant Singh Rajput Case

      Masterminds were – Salman Khan ,Shah Rukh Khan ,Aaditya Thackerya,Akshay Kumar ,Ekta Kapoor ,Mahesh Bhatt and Karan Johar.

      7 killers were – Imtiaz ,Gopal Dalvi ,Sooraj Pancholi ,Arbaaz Khan ,DCP IPS Abhiskek Trimukhe ,Faizan and Zubair .

      Reasons behind Killing of Disha and SSR are – Sushant wanted to expose that Bollywood actors were involved in an International Drugs Cartel. Paedophilies in Bollywood ,Child Trafficking ,Human Trafficking ,Kidney Trade ,connections with Under World and D-Company ,Black Money ,Money laundering and funding ISI .Sushant had those details in his 8 hard drives .

      Cannibalism exits in Mumbai .IPS Parambir Singh and his son are Cannibals along with Salman Khan and Aaditya Thackeray .Sushant knew about these things and wanted to expose this and hence he was killed.

      This is to inform you all that 7 people went to kill Sushant Singh Rajput on 13th June 2020.4 of them were Imtiaz .Sooraj Pancholi ,Arbaaz Khan and Gopal Dalvi.

      Imtiaz a right hand goon of Salman Khan and Sooraj Pancholi killed SSR .Arbaaz Khan and Gopal Dalvi raped that Minor Girl.

      Lastly CBI knows everything and it would soon disclose everything .These criminals should be HANGED in TIHAR JAIL .

  54. I dont watch Republic TV Channel at all. It is more rabble rousing than anything worthwhile. The point still remains that BJP has also also treated Journalists opposed to them badly. Just see the situation in UP State and the number of Journalists behind bars.
    Just see the condition of the ailing , Father Samy who is lodged at the Taloja Jail by NIA. The 83 year old father is suffering from Parkinsons disease. He requested the Hon. HC to allow him to use Straw while drinking liquids. HC requested NIA to file a reply. NIA wanted 21 days to reply. Comments are superfluous.
    While in Power, the UPA also resorted to similar tactics to cow down opponents.

  55. Haha, Support journalism means you should stand with Arnab, Arnab is speaking the truth and people like you are running your own Agenda.
    We will not forgive you.

  56. In your hatred for Hindu/Modi/BJP, you have started justifying even atrocities on their supporters. I will never read you again.

    • Exactly. The State Govt is using Police as an instrument. And don’t forget Arnab does his home work. Some people favouring the MVA have written Ramayana like essay’s in support. As if that will hide the high handed ness. HC too is playing delaying game. Lekin Janta sab jaanti hai.

  57. If he didn’t do what he did when pushed like this, he would have looked a weak leader. Nobody likes a weak leader.

  58. The author seems to be a caricature as far as a journalist is concerned. He depicted the whole story like PA and main spokesperson of Uddhav Thakrey. He is glorifying UT and this stupid government like a sena member. UT is basically a stupid, weak CM and he is digging his own and Congress’s grave in Maharashtra by this height of stupidity. The only party getting benefitted by his acts is NATIONAL CORRUPT PARTY (NCP). It’s an open secret that all cards are being played by them and UT is only a puppet in their hands. He is destroying the legacy of late Sri Balasaheb Thakrey very rapidly. Mumbai and Maharashtra people are totally irritated and fed up with him and this government.

  59. It should be clear to everybody from reading Shivam Vij that secus are not concerned with any principles. Freedom of press is simply their tool. It is obvious that to them loud conspiracy idea floating from wire is freedom of press but not criticizing Congress backed government.

    In short moral standard of Shivam vij are that of women from house of ill-fame.

      • it is not Arnab my friend but ordinary people of India who are nationalists . Any move to undermine Arnab or physically harm, , will backfire badly . The state with all the police will be up against us. whoever wants to use it as a Marathi vs outsider, let them try, We will ensure that all who stand by the Uddhav coward, will meet its downfall, the jerk is fooling some on Marathi card, but that will not deter us because even those fools will go down with Uddhav.

  60. I was a big fan of shri balasaheb.. Even before modi was in Indian politics. But udhav made me think whether he is a real maratha licking corrupt congress just for power

  61. It’s Arnabs Karma which haunts him. It’s not fair media. It’s biased and clear BJP agenda. It will be interesting to note how will BJP bail him out. Suprisingly it has done nothing except for verbal support typical of politicians. I hope best for Arnab and hope he doesn’t fall prey to political fights atleast be careful in misbehaving with Shivsena and Sharad Pawar in Mumbai.

  62. I came to this site searching news coverage for today’s hearing of Arnab case. I find a genuine report of today’s proceedings. However I found this article which is very much misleading to say Arnab communalise sadhu linking to Muslims – no he linked it to politics there which is anti Hindu. Communists and gang.
    I was thinking of contributing and support you by one time donation, but this author just sucks and taps rubbish, and you have lost it as an editor

  63. Arnab must learn a lesson, because he is taking things to another level, but on the other hand, the day you guys get arrested then the HEADLINES will be different and that will be “Media freedom of speech” So shut the **** up

  64. The Maharastra govt. has done a great job by arresting Arnab, a mad barking dog. A mad dog can’t be let roaming free. Instead it should be kept within for better treatment!!!

  65. Would it not be a lot better if Shri Gupta frees Shri Shivam Vij from the pain of turning up an article at regular intervals and let him join any anti BJP party of his choice? At least we would be spared of the pain of having to put up with a pamphleteer masquerading as a journalist.

  66. Just so you know, articles like this are why nobody will ever come to the support of You and Shekhar Gupta.

  67. Nicely put. Uddhav is a courageous leader. He has been a revelation. I was disappointed when he hoodwinked BJP by becoming CM. But I think he is giving it back really good and had handled Covid crisis reasonably. He is leader to watch out for.

  68. hey !!!! are nt u tired of canvassing for the politicians. when rahul was making with videos during pandemic you canvassed him,,, phir kisi aur ko ( dynast) ab ek aur dynast ko…… kya miya

  69. Wrong.. when khainar made false allegation against pawar in 1994 ..first he got transfered from his role and in month he got sacked from his job.

    Before making any comments ..why don’t you think about 2 ladies who lost her 2 beloved family members are fighting since 2 years for justice. Bjp government had trashed the case to save Arab. Those ladies should get justice

    Nobody in maharashtra like Goswamy. Because of him and the agenda of Bjp.. in maharashtra image of Bjp becoming anti marathi party. Nobody like Bjp now maharashtra. This whole incident passed message like news media and Bjp defaming maharashtra and Mumbai police. After ssr case handover to cbp and no conclusion after 2 months ..it’s passed strong anti bjp message in maharashtra

    Considering the nature of shiv sena to energies it’s base …decision is right and message is clear

    Udhav popularity is growing by this decision in magarashtra

    • I live in Maharashtra. And I don’t see that’s the case. After the Arnab Goswami case, general public is more upset with Uddhav Thackrey. The popularity of Shiv Sena is rapidly going downhill now.

    • AS IT GREW SO IT FALL.

      No skills to manag the crucial situation. It’s just a trick of trade he could have used. JUST COME TO ARNAB SHOW. Things would have settled.

      ARNAB WILL BE BACK. BACK BIGGER, BRIGHTER AND POWERFUL. Just wait n watch.

  70. Are you saying it’s ok to witchhunt? Two wrongs dont make a right…opening 15 cases dont make you a hero. It shows your desperation …you may not agree to way of reporting or journalism but is it right for anyone to be hunted like this?

  71. I salute Uddhav Thackeray ……. Arman thought no one is better them him ….. The world used to view his dirty actions and comments made …. He gave no respect to humans ….. Inviting people for his debates and he only used to bark …. Cheers Mumbai …. Anab cheated and a poor man had to suicide …. Person of indecent exposure to humans ….

  72. Typical view by Sonia-Sena because they cannot stand the heat.Udhav is the chief goonda and sends thugs to beat up a retired naval officer, demolish Kanganas rauts office,free speech is curtailed by locking up Arnab?What elase is left?Marthis should ashamed since nobody is rising to deplore what Aghadi is doing.

    • Marathi people are not ashamed but proud of the actions of Uddhav Thackeray in protecting Marathi family of Naik. Also they don’t give a damn to Kangana.

  73. Cheap journalism by print and its employees..news channels now circulate their own agenda..i feel like m watching saas bahu serial

  74. HELLO SHIVAM SIR, I LIKE TO READ YOUR ARTICLES . I THINK WITH THE ARREST OF ARNAB GOSWAMI , SHIV SENA HAS INDIRECTLY SENT A STRONG MESSAGE TO MANY MODI BHAKTS NEWS CHANNELS THAT THE SAME THING CAN HAPPEN WITH THEM TOO. ARNAB WAS FLYING TOO HIGH AND USING CHEAP WORDS FOR HIS LOW CLASS JOURNALISM. HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED FROM LONG TIME.

  75. Chief Minister post is not permanent. Wait for the coming years. Udhav’s will be stripped off in public.

  76. Author of this article is a cockeyed thinking guy who instead of criticising Sonia Sena Govt. unethical & unlawful act; explaining in terms of politics. Unfortunately, we have many Jaychands & Mir Zafars in India now & this is hindering progress for better India. Most of such people are in it for self aggrandisement for money. PRINT is famous to prop-up these anti-nationals. Same chaps will be shouting at the top of their voices, if likes of Akhtar or Khan or Nasir is jailed by BJP Govt. Why are the AWARD VAPASI gang quite? What about Lutyen’s presstitutes?

    • I suppose by bringing Jaychand and Mir Jafar into picture, you have assumed the role of Rani Laxmibai or Tatyarao Tope. Why don’t you show us the right path O great lord !

  77. “Haraam khor Ladki”.
    Jabda tood denge.
    And now harrassing Republic TV and it’s 1000 staff.

    What bravery & daring!!

  78. A leader? A politician?
    Only a weak & insecure street goonda who suddenly wakes up & finds himself in power will do what has been done to Arnab Goswami.
    Is anyone going to ever vote for these thugs again?

  79. Sad that politicians have to reinvent themselves with matters other than Governance. It is more damning, that one way or the other, the media is complicit in such drama.
    Do you think the media can play a more positive and constructive role in Nation building. Yes, I mean that now the media in general is playing to the gallery and not helping matters.

    • Your writing is laced with doublespeak.

      ‘Do you think the media can play a more positive and constructive role in Nation building. Yes, I mean that now the media in general is playing to the gallery and not helping matters.’

      Do you mean The Print should not criticise Arnob ?

  80. Hi Print Team,
    Why are you so bias always criticize Modi n BJP.? According to they are biggest villian. Incident happened at Raigarh was correct according to you. If any Mulla had died. You people taken earth on your head.

  81. Shameful that Print is supporting the arrest, Shekar Gupta is commuting a mistake by not opposing the arrest of Arnab, the same will become norm and all media houses will be treated like Republic…..

  82. It will be fun to watch you being tortured in jail. We will talk about the courage of the government and the hatefulness of Shivam Vij

    • Not unless Shivam Vij has abetted suicide or murder. And oh yes, why don’t you tell that to Naik family?

  83. great biased article.. May your master (Indian or foreign) shower you with all the . You deserve the greatest honour and medal for showcasing utter disregard for law and criminal intimidation by state agencies as strength … If Bjp does to you editor will you write this article again . Nice to see Logic falling behind agenda.. Soon your time will also come . as these thing continue. waiting for you time .

  84. The ShivSena must have paid The Print for this article.

    What’s next? An article portraying Rhea Chakrawarty as a “youth icon”?

  85. पूछ है भारत अर्णब का बम् लाल किया क्या🤣🤣

  86. Finally, two Hindu fascist groups have fallen out. The SS was Marathi Hindu fascism, and the BJP is all-Indian Hindu fascism. They were bed fellows. Then the all-India fascists got greedy as they want complete dominance in all states. Maharashtra is a rich industrial state with money, they want complete control.

    As Vij points out, the SS knows how to play the same tactics as the BJP. Just as the BJP does, they can play the harassment card by filing cases, knowing Arnob is not totally innocent and has skeletons in his cupboards. The BJP has musclemen, but so does SS.

    Finally, the BJP’s attempt to bring all states under their control using non-ethical ways against states like Bengal and Kerala, will backfire against Indian unity. Like the people of Kashmir, one day, Bengal, Kerala and even Maharashtra will chafe against central domination. The fight will be between Hindus. That is the path of fascism – first start on the minorities, and after that with the majority.

    • Can you stop degrading Hindus! I dont know why are they always being targeted. People like you are really too much. We Hindus are not Fascist!!! Hinduism is not Fascism. And being a Hindu does not mean we support BJP only. The only crime of Hindus in India is being in majority. Shame on you. For doing this religion politics. It’s because of people like you that India is still not amongst the developed countries.

      • ‘We Hindus are not Fascist!!! Hinduism is not Fascism.’

        I did not say Hinduism is Fascism. You don’t have to teach me, I know what is Hinduism.

        But those who follow RSS-BJP are Hindu fascists. Read the writings of Golwalkar and Savarkar. They praised Hitler and wanted the same model for India.

        ‘Shame on you. For doing this religion politics.’

        I did not advocate religious politics. Advani and Modi, Yogi etc. do.

        ‘It’s because of people like you that India is still not amongst the developed countries.’

        India will never be amongst the developed countries. The Hindu caste system is THE obstacle to progress. You don’t want to address that.

  87. It is this problem with liberals like Shivam Vij, if this was the case with any NDTV anchor they would have said that this case is fabricated and freedom of speech and all.
    But when it is Arnab goswami, he is fawning over Uddhav.
    Why so much double standards?

    • Because NDTV anchor is not having FIR registered for abbettment to suicide. I suppose Ravish or someone need to do that to qualify for your expectations.

  88. The article is filled with one sided views and exposes the nature and intentions of aghadi govt. Arnab is sure to come out and the govt can start counting its days. This Govt doesn’t need the actions of Modi or Shah, it will fall on its own. They have made so many blunders that sanatan of this country will not forgive them.

  89. Liberals are mere misnomer. They hard core anti Hindu kittens. They beg to cover up what inducement they get

  90. Wonder if BJP does the same to The Print journalists and Arnab writes similar article as emergence of BJP 2.0. You should ponder under BJP The Print and likes are safe. If it was Congress, firstly even if china grabbed entire Ladakh you would not have covered. If you do, you know under congress what could be media freedom. How many books were banned and how media was nipped if it doesnt align. All the best.

    • For that to happen, the Print journalist need to qualify following :
      1. Get the Print office renovated with crores of rupees bill
      2. Don’t pay the bills
      3. Harass the contractors and architects even after repeated requests
      4. Let someone commit suicide
      5. Suppress the FIR lodged against them
      6. Call the family of deceased as liars and threaten them

      I suppose the Print journalists and specially Shivam Vij is clearly poorly qualified on these counts

  91. Article is really well written and I completely agree with it.
    People who are criticising it clearly don’t understand Maharashtra Politics.

  92. You people don’t really have any shame at all. Arresting AG made him a hero already. A tight slap is already delivered to the Maharashtra legislative assembly by SC. Many more to come.

  93. Print, don’t you read comment of readers, they mention you bullshit. Arrest of Arnab has shown weaknesses of UT not any strength. I know you can’t hire intelligent people you need slaves who can write against BJP and Modi.

  94. Rnub is a STUPIDO with a agenda of his own.

    “Shoe I am “THE STUPIDO wants no competition and is more loyal to the FAMILY than ” PIDDI ” and is happy as if the FAMILY has thrown him pizza smelling bone.

  95. Dear Editor,

    End of the story, you write SUPPORT OUR JOURNALISM.

    It only defines how desperate you are.
    Not the least, true journalism doesn’t ever call for support but it is people who seek it’s support.

    Not a good learning by you from the podium I left 40 years back, and this is what shows.

    The line Support our journalism is like plaguerising what the man behind the bars today often says.

  96. You people don’t really have any shame at all. Arresting AG made him a hero already. A tight slap is already delivered to the Maharashtra legislative assembly by SC. Many more to come.

  97. Your story does not support the fourth piller of democracy. I understand your fight with BJP but your support to Uddhav Thakare and Mumbai police in this arrest case is condemnable. It is illegal to open a closed case by police and arrest a person without approaching the court which had closed the case even if new evidences are there. Even a villager can tell you this but you want to oppose BJP so you will forget the legal aspect also. Please give unbiased news.

  98. Did you even read the article after writing it? Uddav proved a point to BJP by making multiple cases on Arnab! The only point he is proving is he is a moron. The only point your article makes is you are ok with misuse of power unless it is not against you.

  99. In my personal opinion, Arnab Goswami has lot to brood at BJP than Shiv Sena for the plight metted with him. He is just a political pawn in the open who got roughed up for BJP’s mishandling formation of the Gov in MH.

    You let a prodigal go under a monolithical ego and here you have what everyone sees as rogue behaviour of MVA. Sometimes, to win a bigger cause you’ve got to throw a bit on the other side, rather than wait for the return of the prodigal. And then you know the neighbour has had your lamb with the meals.

  100. please tell me how much u got paid extra for praising Udhav Thackeray and attacking BJP and our Primeminister personally, there are many poor people I will ask them to follow ur tricks ,they will also be able to earn bread and butter ,even if it is shameless it is still fine.

  101. Bhai agar yahi standard hai yahan to fir goodbye…. Is se to republic hi better hai. Sirf eyeballs grab karne hain.. Shame on shekhar gupta.

  102. It was funny reading at the end of the article “Support our Journalism”… was laughing my heart out..
    It should have read “Support our Agendaism” I would have definitely contributed to your cause.🤣🤣🤣

    • That’s true Lloyd media is gone way cheap in India.. arnab is the only person to have guts to speak up against mal agenda based media.. the print says dating of Thakre.. are we fool? Arnab screwed theprints’ happiness by speaking truth..

    • Amit shah is the headmaster of the school where uddhav thakerey was a student.

      This idiot Shivam Vij is trying to create an illusionary Maratha wave in favour of Uddhav Thackeray.
      Marathas never appreciated Uddhav.
      They always preferred Raj Thackerey or BJP leaders like Gadkari, Fadnavis, prakash javdekar etc

    • Shivam Vij, you need to go back to school, you ain’t done learning.
      Such a load of crap, your article is!
      PENGUIN / 2020 HITLER is going down…….
      The GUNDARAJ can’t survive in such a big democracy.
      Only sadness, they just tarnished a great man’s legacy….. Sad…. Very sad….

  103. Uddhav Thakrey is a scoundrel. In order to fulfill his personal vendetta he is screwing the chances of shiv sena and Congress to get re elected in the state. The only party that is benefitting from all this seems to be NCP and Congress party is the biggest loser in this whole game because their chances in other states is also getting impacted. Let’s not forget the fact that Congress is a national party unlike Shivsena and NCP. Has Congress even assessed the damage this whole incident is doing to its reputation and prospects outside Maharashtra? Arnab will get a bail easily, today or tomorrow, then what. These fools of Sena gave him a weapon he did not have. Shame on their stupidity and I feel really sorry for Congress party to have got caught in this mess.

    • Very well said. This print journalist has no spine to stand or create a company. And he is speaking against Arnab. Crazy country

    • We Indians are all United irrespective of cast or religion. We every time expect peace across the nation and brotherhood among the people. but the people like arnab they have always tried to ruine and it made it every possible with Thier hatred conversation and faltu ki debate filled with intolerance. Jai hind, jai Bharath, vande mataram. Jai Maharashtra…..

    • We Indians are all United . We every time expect peace across the nation and brotherhood among the people. but the people like arnab they have always tried to ruine and it made it every possible with Thier hatred conversation and faltu ki debate filled with intolerance. Jai hind, jai Bharath, vande mataram. Jai Maharashtra…..

    • Potato price running between Rs.40/-=to Rs.45/-per kg.
      Aache Din Coming
      This is all about Diverting attention of the Public.
      Fools like you never learn.
      What is the guarantee that Sena and BJP won’t join hands tomorrow and what will be the Position of Arnab
      Dhobi ka 😂😂😂😂😂 Na Ghar ka Na Ghat ka

    • Potato price running between Rs.40/-=to Rs.45/-per kg.
      Aache Din Coming
      This is all about Diverting attention of the Public.
      Fools like you never learn.
      What is the guarantee that Sena and BJP won’t join hands tomorrow and what will be the Position of Arnab
      Dhobi ka 😂😂😂😂😂 Na Ghar ka Na Ghat ka

    • Udhavji is the CM of all Maharashtrians and all Mumbaikars irrespective of caste and creed. any insult to him and specifically Arnab’s threats were deeply insulting to all of us. We will not tolerate this and the BJP and the center better learn that soon. There are many more reasons why Arnab should be arrested. They should be initiated one after the other. Lets see him rot in jail like the other journalists and innocent people.

    • Udhavji is the CM of all Maharashtrians and all Mumbaikars irrespective of caste and creed. any insult to him and specifically Arnab’s threats were deeply insulting to all of us. We will not tolerate this and the BJP and the center better learn that soon. There are many more reasons why Arnab should be arrested. They should be initiated one after the other. Lets see him rot in jail like the other journalists and innocent people.. we would like to know which Arnab are you and where you live..Jai Maharashtra. Jai Marathi manus

    • 83-yr old Stan Swamy was arrested under UAPA by NIA in early Oct
      He requested the Court for a straw & sipper to drink water as he has Parkinson’s
      Court gave prosecution 20 days to respond!
      These are the people Arnab demonized on TV. Arnab now cries about a scratch on his hand.
      he deserves this and must pay for his crimes. he bored us to death

  104. I will sorry for Arnab’s kids and everyone else who get influenced by what he says. He is only making all of us intolerant. Look at the video in this post – is that any way you talk to anyone. I would not even talk to my employees like that even if they have made a ridiculous mistake. Respect, culture, tolerance, acceptance – all these were part of the the Indian ‘sanskriti’ – all of it is getting lost because of influencers like Arnab. It’s high time we wake up and save our country, our children and their future. It’s not about BJP or Congress. It’s not about Left or Right or being liberals. All this comes later. First one needs to raise better human beings, be cultured.

    Materialism leads us to lose awareness of our inner life, which is bad enough; but to be hypnotized by our own feelings and sensations and forget about others and the world around us is worse.
    Anonymous, The Upanishads

    • Lolz. Intolerance !!! seems so phony. What’s intolerance. Defying govt. on its perceived corruption. Everyone was outraged with what happened with SSR? govt. behaved very suspiciously in that case. Anyone wd be outraged. If that’s intolerance then i wish more intolerance for my country.

  105. What non sense – emergence of Udhav by doing what – Arnab ‘s arrest? Such a shame? What about zero governance? I guess Print ask that question only to BJP ruled states. Anyway not surprised by your article. It was expected.

    • Absolutely it will give Mr modi a right message that they cannot mess around with everyone. They did everything wrong with delhi govt but they failed. And in rajasthan also became of Vasundhra they couldn’t include sachin pilot in BJP. Otherwise they will do anything and everything to destabilize states government run by other parties…Arnab was just a ‘mohra’ BJP is using .if needed they will go with shivsena again if it suits them

  106. This article is oozing fascism, which is typical of the lefty-commy-congi journos. Fascists like Shivam will be eradicated from public life soon.

  107. Vindicitiveness is nothing new for the Government of Maharashtra. It is its innate culture. It is in its DNA.

    In my case, despite two favourable Judgments of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 30.8.1988 and 29.1.2014, I am being harassed and victimised by the Government of Maharashtra for the last about 36 years.

    A cycle of litigation started by GOM alleging that I am suffering from “inferiority complex”.

    The Hon’ble SC said in 1988 that what is harmful for public is superiority complex and not inferiority complex. SC allowed my civil Appeal No. 3464 of 1988 with costs and consequential benefits. (Please see AIR 1988 SC 2060, Vijay Kumar v State of Maharashtra and others)

    GOM made it a false prestige issue.

    During the pendency of the said litigation, I was suspended and chargesheeted.

    The chargesheet was ultimately terminated by Delhi High court on 28.3.2012. GOM went to SC. SC dismissed GOM’s Civil Appeal on 29.1.2014. Review Petition of GOM was dismissed on 18.8.2015.

    Despite all these favourable orders, sealed covers dated 1.7.1991 and 1.7.1995 have not been opened by GOM and I have been illegally deprived of my promotions by GOM.

    Also, false, misleading, deceptive, dishonest and fraudulent reply-affidavit dated 18.7.2019 has been filed in DHC.

    No response to my legal notices to GOM and its scoundrel-grade officers.

    In short, it is a government of the scoundrels, by the scoundrels and for the scoundrels.

    Vijay Kumar agarwal, Ex-IAS (1982 batch. Maharashtra cadre). Mobile: 9560172716. vijay.kumar.agarwal.ias@gmail.com

    • Vijay,
      You claim to be an Ex-IAS. Not too sure of how you made it or why it ended as an “Ex”.

      Irrespective, I would urge you to be a little unbiased when you make a comment. You have written a long comment attempting to vilify the GOM. The timing however points to an attempt to throw the blame on the leadership. If the case was initiated / decided in 1988 and then again in 2014 and was not acted upon by the GOM, surely, it was not just the current set of people in power that are to blame. I’m not saying that you should not blame the current set. All I’m saying that your comment should clearly set out the Govt.s that had acted against the orders of the SC. I’m certain that during this period, the Congress, the NCP, the BJP and the current MVA should take responsibility.

      Please do not try to make it sound like just the MVA care shit about the law cause we can see the law thrown to the wind in various parts of India.

  108. author seems to be supporter of misuse of state power and violation of constitutional norms and rouge anarchist elements. Not good . Situations can change in other way and will only be detrimental to the citizens of the country..

    • Sounds familiar ….
      I’m certain that I have seen a lot of similar “misuse of state power and violation of constitutional norms and rouge anarchist elements” since 2014 . Hey wait, has that not been since a certain party headed by a certain set or rogues took over the rein of power?

  109. A badly written article. I don’t agree with a bit of it. As of now, the government is stable. The government could have safely ignored Arab G. But by arresting him the Maharashtra government has made him a national hero, though Arnab’s journalism is of extremely poor quality. See what had happened in course if the arrest- the Secretary of Maharashtra Assembly gets a show cause notice from the Supreme Court. Next , if now the Bombay High Court makes adverse comments on the arrest, which highly probable, this would be another humiliation for the government. I am surprised how Sharad Pawar, an experienced stalwart is allowing this to happen. In his entire political career, he is not seen with acting with political vendetta. He has many friends across political parties. In 1995, one Mr. Khairnar from BMC launched a totally unfair tirade against Mr. Pawar, that too without any shred of an evidence and Pawar didn’t respond. Now, why he is acting in this manner? The threat to the MVA government doesn’t come from antics of Arnab G and his channel. Such kind of extreme reactions are unwarranted. The threat to the emanates from denial of reservation to the Marathas. If the issue of reservations to the Marathas is not resolved, the MVA government becomes unstable. This is an obvious political reality. The author of this article is not at all familiar with the regional politics of the state of Maharashtra. It is not Uddhav T. , but Sharad Pawar who is running the show in Maharashtra.

    • An architect killed himself – blaming arnab and non payment of his dues. I should be investigated and guilty punished?

  110. To judge a person give him some power. Using brute police force against a individual, journlist or not, only speaks that those who have taken the oath of contitution, don’t believe that whether inUP or Maharashtra.
    You may justify the arrest by painting a journalist as communal but remeber you are creating a monster who will eat all of you one by one and that tim3 no one will cry for you.
    Have you read “Shatranj Ke Khiladi”.
    They fought over non exaitant king but no one fought for the real king when he was arrested.
    I don’t support the kind of journalism professed by Republic TV but let me ask how many news channels are unbiased. All are Republic TV in favour of one party or another like your this article.

  111. This rascal has been spewing venom against Modi since 2002 but Modi did t fight with these frustrated dalals. Instead he just neglected them. Today Modi stands tall as PM while these paid congress dogs keep on barking. Arnab will rise one day, bigger than life. He already has support from across the nation. If this third grade character is targetted no one will cry for him

  112. This Lutyens rascal continues his rabble rousing agenda. The rascal doesnt know Arnab will have the last laugh. The perverted glee of a loser will not last long. He seems to have forgotten the thappad which the Raigadcourt, Mumbai HC and SC ga e to Uddhav. And dont cry if it happens to you one day.

  113. Wow. Only left loonies in india claim to be liberals while appreciating arrest of a journalist. Just because your adversary is doing it, doesn’t mena you should.

  114. Even if the arrest is unsustainable in law, Uddhav did well to bide his time before exposing ARnab’s double standards .
    Now Arnab is left defending himself against punishments’ that he brazenly wants meted out to others in his role as judge, jury
    and executioner.

  115. “He is being called as Uddhav 2.0” ha ha ha… who is calling him like this… nobody, you are assuming the story in your dream and writing the article…let bad karma of Uddhav consolidate… action will be taken once the pot is filled.
    And let me tell you one thing after the next election Shiv Sena will exist only in history book and that to by the name of Bala saheb Thackeray not Udhdhav(power corrupt).
    Wait and watch.

    • I am shocked to see the level of journalism of The print. Such articles are examples of degradation of Journalism in India. very Sorry. Today whole nation is with Mr Arnab Goswami and Mr Thackeray is now lost the support of common man. It is a paid article and nothing else and bundles of false facts.

      • Ha ha whole nation except BJP and some gullible citizens nobody is with arnab goswami. People aren’t aware what is whole nation yesterday there were only tweets and Republic journalists were begging for more.whole nation my foot.

      • Udhav is emerging as the leader who can compete
        BJP at the center. As a non-maharastrian ,I think Udhav using his Marathi background against BJP is completely fair since BJP is using its so called “Saffron” image at the centre.
        Udhav will be successful in the cente in the future because he knows how to tackle BJP’s false politics. He has been only politician who is showing guts to stand alone in front of BJP.
        Surely he is going to be next big thing in Indian politics.

  116. How casually the author states “On 16 April, two sadhus and their driver were lynched in Palghar….”.
    Surely this Sadhu lynching is nothing to be worried about folk! It’s as common an event as going for an evening stroll on Saturday.

  117. Quick history lesson: When Punjab, Doab, Awadh, Malwa, Bengal, Gujarat and Rajputana had all fallen to the Mughals, the Marathas stubbornly held on and did not capitulate. They did not send their Hindu daughters to get married to Muslim Emperors to buy peace. Heck, even the Deccan Sultans did not accept rule of Delhi. Aurangzeb has to spent the last 26 years of his life in the Deccan fighting pointless battles and finally dying a tired old man in 1707.

    Interestingly both Nehru and Indira Gandhi, though powerful Delhi based leaders, were fondly looked upon in Maharashtra without the hostility that the Gujarati ruling duo seems to be bringing out now. Perhaps because Nehru and Indira were careful to not boss around the Marathas. Marathas dislike egotistical, unscrupulous people – period. Shivaji, who was as Hindu as they come, never discriminated and never insulted a vanquished enemy. Honour is important in Maratha land – insults will not take you far. Modi (& Arnab) should take notes.

  118. Some other acts of “great daring” are:
    1. Beating up a retired Indian Navy officer.
    2. Using abusive foul language to address Kangana Ranaut.
    3. Borderline illegal breaking down of Kangana’s office.
    4. Creating obstacles to CBI & NCB investigations of Sushant & Disha Salian death cases.

    What fantastic courage – just amazing.

    • When any corrupt govt is in power, they can misuse it.. that’s timid to harass citizens who dares to speak against them. Ultimately they will be wiped out from politics.

  119. Arnab hero hai. Jaise amitabh pehle villain se peet jaata tha, wahi ho rahaa hai.

    aagey dekho… Mota bhai apna vote bank kharaab nahi karega…

    Nahi to tere jaise aur Shekhar Gupata jaise baised journalist abhi Hathrus jail me hote Caste riot bhadkane ke liye

  120. It is obvious to everyone who reads your biased and poisonous articles that you are a dalaal of Congie-Commie ecosystem. Such journalism harms the credibility of The Print , esepcially when it claims to be anbiased platform. I was about to pay but will not pay anymore, as we want analytical unbiased insights, not the dalaals who are dancing to the tune of a corrupt ecosystem. Then I may as well go to NDTV platform.

    • Anybody who believes that The Print has any credibility lives in cloud cuckoo land. The Print is not a newspaper but just a collection of viewpoints vented out by a group of individuals who probably pay to have them published. Don’t take it seriously.

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