By Arré Bench Nov. 12, 2020
Arnab Goswami, editor of Republic TV, has been the only news on Republic TV over the past few days. People started gathering outside Taloja jail in Mumbai from the moment the news became public that Arnab had received interim bail. Arnab Goswami is no longer just a journalist – he has a personality cult.
Arnab Goswami, editor of Republic TV, has been the only news on Republic TV over the past few days. Hashtags in his support have garnered lakhs of tweets, people have been praying for his release from Bombay to Bournemouth (no kidding) and hundreds gathered outside jail to witness his release, as the channel played superhero music in the background.
Arnab Goswami is no longer just a journalist – he has a personality cult.
— ANI (@ANI) November 11, 2020
People started gathering outside Taloja jail in Mumbai from the moment the news became public that Arnab had received interim bail. RIP social distancing, covid can wait.
Outside Taloja jail right now.. people waiting for Arnab pic.twitter.com/hJHMSoJvxe
— Nupur J Sharma (@UnSubtleDesi) November 11, 2020
— Liberal Slayerr (@liberal_slayerr) November 11, 2020
The moment of release was filled with the kind of melodrama that could rival a Bollywood movie. A Republic TV anchor punched the air with his fist and stated, “Arnab Goswami, mere bhai, newsroom waapis aa rahe hain.” Another anchor said, “We will never cow down, never cow down,” wiping away her tears.
After chasing cars for months during the Sushant Singh Rajput coverage, Republic reporters were now chasing Arnab’s car. Goswami popped out from the sunroof of his car and started chanting slogans like a soldier who had returned victorious from war. As one social media user pointed out, if the release was two days later on Diwali, Republic TV would have declared it as the return of Ram after Vanvaas.
If Arnab got out two days later on Diwali, Republic would have declared him as the modern-day Ram who returned after Vanvaas.
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) November 11, 2020
#ArnabIsBack started trending on social media, as “fans” celebrated his release. When he was locked up in jail, many had shared videos of themselves as well as family members praying for him to be granted bail. Even higher powers were invoked to help India’s loudest man.
— Ramnath (@iam4950) November 12, 2020
🙏🏼🙏🏼THANK GOD you blessed arnab.
💐💐thankyou all dear supporters from all over the GLOBE you supports arnab.
We won dear friends dear supporters.
I left everything for arnab.
I stopped going to Gym and Job
I was praying from morning for arnab today in my Residence.⏬. pic.twitter.com/G3SB1zSEYC
— Priyakhi (@Priyakhi2) November 11, 2020
#IndiaWithArnab Dear Arnab, we are with you against the fight for injustice. My daughter has posted a very nice video praying for you and the @republic Media. Love from Dubai. Stay strong and keep the spirits high. pic.twitter.com/gDS2G9c3Mu
— Ayan Chakraborty (@ayan29in) November 5, 2020
#LIVE on #IndiaWithArnab | As Supreme Court hears Arnab Goswami's petition, viewers in UK's Bournemouth glued to the screen; Non-stop #BREAKING updates on Republic TV here – https://t.co/RZHKU3wOei & @Republic_Bharat here – https://t.co/gNuBO9hYde pic.twitter.com/jCL7DCgWpO
— Republic (@republic) November 11, 2020
People even gave up food and water in worry. One hopes aunty is taking care of her health now that he is free!
See mom was praying for you Arnab she has had tea after 3 days. She was just praying. @Republic_Bharat @TheKavitaSingh @pradip103 @SohailKhan @GeneralBakshi @anujakapurindia pic.twitter.com/fWEQL6Nigk
— Abhijeet Dubey (@AbhijeetShwas) November 11, 2020
Arnab’s celebration called for partying at home. On the bright side, it brought cheer to some people during the pandemic.
Welcome back Arnab sir from my daughter's @iArnabGoswamii @pradip103 @sucherita_k @Republic_Bharat @republic my lil one was praying from Ganpati bappa in morning ki uncle ko waps bhej do. pic.twitter.com/3U7xGGCEJv
— Ditya (@Dityaindiafutur) November 11, 2020
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) November 11, 2020
— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) November 11, 2020
Arnab walked into the studio, among his staff like Superman among the public in “that” scene in Batman vs Superman. He delivered the journalism equivalent of the “sattar minute” speech (from Chak De India) to his staff, showed the victory sign and shouted slogans once again.
— Republic (@republic) November 12, 2020
For some, their hero was back. For others, he was the entertainment they craved after the IPL just got over.