In a development which has taken the student community of Manipal by shock, the University today announced that Editor-in-chief of Times Now Arnab Goswami has been called up to deliver guest lectures at Manipal Institute of Communication. Considering that Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghosh have already visited the campus twice and delivered guest lectures, this move to invite the Editor-in-Chief of a rival media network certainly raises many an eyebrow.
Meanwhile, with decibel levels likely to rise to unprecedented levels during his lectures, many residents of Manipal and the surrounding areas have already fled to safer areas. The authorities have warned that anybody residing in a radius of 5 km from the lecture halls, are susceptible to damage to their ears.
The students however are the ones left with no choice. Many students today protested outside the administrative office, demanding that the invitation be taken back. While some are in confusion about what they will do to save themselves from the torture, others have already applied for sick leaves and left for their homes.
Although the University has allotted only 3 hours to Arnab, looking at his past reputation there is a feeling that he may end up speaking continuously for 28 hours .
Keeping up his style of journalism, there will also be a special one hour “exclusive” session where scams of the campus such as ragging, weed, late-nights at Blue Waters etc will be broken by Arnab himself and questions will be asked directly to the involved parties. Arnab has promised to give accused students a good 30 nanoseconds to clarify their stand on the matter. This move has further angered the students.
When our reporters contacted Arnab over the phone to ask his views on the students’ reaction to his visit, an angry Arnab said,
“Are these students heading towards a nation of chaos and anarchy? What has happened to our voice as a nation? Why are we becoming a spineless nation? Who is going to give me the answers? I need an answer, the country needs an answer…blah blah blah”, and 28347 such words, before our reporter himself hung up the phone.
But, amidst this, the political class in Delhi including Manish Tiwari, Meenakshi Lekhi, Sanjay Jha, Renuka Chowdary have all welcomed this move and have decided to celebrate the absence of Arnab from the “News Hour”.
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