The Sambit Patra-Rajdeep Sardesai Tu-Tu-Main-Main is Just Another Day on Indian News Channels

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The Sambit Patra-Rajdeep Sardesai Tu-Tu-Main-Main is Just Another Day on Indian News Channels

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Shouting matches have become commonplace on news channels, whether it is between spokespersons of political parties, socialites debating Bollywood, or commando channel anchors ranting on top of their voice. It seems like there is nothing on news channels that will surprise us anymore, And yet, India Today consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra managed to achieve this rare feat.

During a debate on the Kangana Ranaut controversy, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra called Sardesai a “chamcha” of the Congress for not giving him time to speak without interruption. The latter, offended by the personal attack, went on a “How dare you?” streak that would make even Greta Thunberg proud.

In the last few weeks, we’ve been bombarded with clips of everything absurd that passes off as prime time news these days – from Arnab Goswami’s “drugs do” rant to Patra’s “Rasode mein kaun tha” dig at Rahul Gandhi.

The Rajdeep Sardesai and Sambit Patra tu-tu-main-main is just another addition to this list.

Aaj kal news pe sirf teen cheez milti hai – entertainment, entertainment, entertainment.

Some diligent folks out there are doing the much-needed investigative analysis.

Rajdeep 1 – 0 Greta.

Patra later apologised saying he didn’t “intend to hurt anyone” and he was just annoyed because he was interrupted despite patiently listening for a long time.

Sardesai gracefully accepted his apology along with a zinger, stating that “guess you thought you were on some other channel where oppn is not allowed to speak at all!” He asked Patra to take his “annoyance” out on his political rivals next time and not the “umpire”.

Just another day on Indian news channels.

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