Former news anchor Arnab Goswami may join politics
New Delhi, Nov 26: Former editor-in-chief and news anchor of Times Now, Arnab Goswami, is likely to join politics. According to sources, Goswami has been approached by the BJP to join the party.
However, the senior editor is yet to make any comment in this regard. The rumours are supported by the fact that both Goswami’s father and uncle are members of the BJP in Assam. Goswami originally hails from Guwahati, Assam.
His maternal grandfather Gauri Sankar Bhattacharya, an intelluctual was a communist and leader of opposition for many years in Assam. Arnab describes him as Guwahati’s most celebrated jurist. Arnab’s memories of Guwahati are inextricably linked with his maternal grandfather, and his rugged and austere approach to life.
Arnab Goswami’s father Col. (Retd.) Manoranjan Goswami contested as a BJP candidate in the Indian general election,from Guwahati. Although he got 157309 votes, he lost to Congress candidate Bhubaneswar Kalita who received 285482 votes. He might not be active now in Politics as his facebook pages only talks about the books he writes. He recently released his short story collection titled Deserted Bouquet which has been translated from Assamese into English by Suprabha Goswami, his wife
If he joins politics, he is likely to shift his base to Delhi from Mumbai (Goswami’s current address), say reports. There is a lot of speculation regarding Goswami’s next career move. Since reports say he shares a close-relationship with the ruling BJP at the Centre, the popular anchor is likely to join the party.
A legend in Assam and an icon in Calcutta, Shri Bhupen Hazarika, the great musician became Arnab’s role model for the multicultural identity that he too wanted. When in Calcutta, he often went to the beautiful small flat of Bhupen Hazarika on Golf Club Road, just to experience a thrill of the singer’s deep-throated voice, which Arnab considers the voice of his native land.
Recently, Goswami was given a Y Category security after Intelligence Bureau (IB) reported threats to his life. Many reports also suggest that he might come up with his own television news channel.
Being the middle class voice, and articulating what the angry middle class Indian feels about corruption, mis-governance and terror, he was chosen as 46th powerful person in India Today’s list of 2012 He hosted his show five nights a week in Newshour, one of most watched shows on English news channels. He is loved as much as he is loathed, but never ignored. He also received the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalist of the Year in 2010.
He is a Bengali who has roots in Assam.He started his career as a journalist with ‘The Telegraph
Source:Indopines Deepti Verma