Boycott Republic TV – the hounding of S. P. Udayakumar

Is it not time for this channel that sets new lows with each programme, to be totally boycotted by all right-thinking people?

Don’t watch Republic TV, don’t participate in its programmes.

Dr SP Udayakumar’s complaint to the Press Council of India follows. He is
Coordinator, People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) and
Pachai Tamizhagam Katchi (Green Tamil Nadu Party)

June 21, 2017

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad
The Chairman, Press Council of India

Dear Sir:

Greetings! I write to bring your kind attention to the ongoing deceit and harassment of me and my family by Mr. Arnab Ranjan Goswami and a few of his colleagues such as Shweta and Sanjeev from the Republic TV.

On April 8, 2017, one “Shweta Sharma” (I later found out that her real name was Shweta Kothari) came to my home at Nagercoil and introduced herself as a “research scholar” from the Cardiff University in the UK. She asked for my help with her dissertation research. She had been accompanied by her “local friend” Sanjeev. I gave her several books and answered her questions.

On April 9, 2017 she requested me to stop by her hotel room as she had a few more questions. There she told me that “one of her British professors” was very keen on supporting our struggle against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant. I told her that we did not accept money from foreigners and our movement had no bank account also. She then asked me if there was any other way of donating money to us. I told her that my personal account was frozen and that even our party account could not receive foreign funds.


So I said she could not donate money from abroad but her parents could do it here in India if she sent the money to them. I also mentioned clearly that I would give proper receipt and the money will be accounted for.  I also informed her that we were not interested in getting foreign funds.

Mr. Arnab Goswami and his team telecasted this as a so-called “sting operation” on me at 2 pm on June 20, 2017 in their Republic TV and alleged that our struggle against the Koodankulm nuclear power project was funded by the Church with foreign donations. I took part in the very same panel discussion on Republic TV and clarified what had transpired. But Mr. Goswami was so abhorrent, abrasive and even abusive.

As I was taking part in their discussion from Kumbakonam town where I was attending an agitation, Republic TV reporter Sanjeev was standing in front of my home at Nagercoil from 2 pm till 11 pm that night harassing my parents aged 85 and 82 respectively, my wife and school-going son. He was insisting on their responding to their so-called sting operation. Even after they told him that I was out of town, he and three of his colleagues were hounding my family with their high-handed behavior.

Sanjeev showed up at my home again in the morning of June 21, 2017 and started harassing my family all over again. When my aged father objected to his ruthless behavior, he fraudulently reported on his TV that I personally had scolded him. I came to know about the whole incident when I came home in the evening.

In a desperate attempt to raise the TRP rate, the discredited Republic TV has been telecasting slanderous reports about me and spreading canards through social media. This kind of indecent and abusive behavior of an anchor and reporters is unacceptable in a democracy. The Republic TV and their reporters are crossing all limits and causing so much mental agony to me and my entire family.

In the light of the above situation, may I request you to do the needful to stop this anti-people TV from hurting me and more people in future, please. Looking forward to your immediate and favorable intervention, I send you my best personal regards and all peaceful wishes.


S. P. Udayakumar


9 thoughts on “Boycott Republic TV – the hounding of S. P. Udayakumar”

  1. Such prestitutes must be taught a lesson by boycotting it enmasse and that will serve for others also who have become ruling party propaganda machines.
    We yearn for a good responsible press and media. But these people are behaving worse than emergency.
    We boycot this channel and by doing this put other such channels on notice.


    1. Dear Dinesh, May we request you to not use sexist language here, especially terms like ‘presstitutes’? We are sure you point stands without having to lean on such terms.


  2. I have already publically boycotted Repooblic TV and told their reporter to get lost immediately. For Malayalis: her name is Ramita or namita – if she calls, please ask her to put the phone right down.


  3. One wonders why some of them continue to be there on the Republic panel even after having been browbeaten by its anchor who stands nowhere as a matter of fact.Shreaking and shouting now a part of anchoring has denuded it of intellectuality in this job.The Republic anchor has gone totally bankrupt now.He deserves pity.Better leave him alone.


  4. Just boycotting may not be enough: there should a campaign to counter the malicious intentions of Republic TV in particular and other mainstream channels in general. Since Republic is more or less official mouthpiece of the ruling party ( and centre ) , it has covert and overt approval of the ministry to telecast any lies it wants to ( as many bjp members have shares in the network) .. So, it hould be boycotted and its fake news and devious approach brought out. But, even other channels are not far behind .
    The best way may be to start exposing all the news and telecasts by activists relentlessly and arouse peoples consciousness against watching and following such concocted news andbanalysis


  5. Arnab and his tribe thinks that they are already living in a Fascist Hindutva State. They should have patience. Let it happen, so that, activists like Uday Kumars cease to exist, making Arnabs job easier.


  6. I do not understand why Mr. Udaikumar, the victim, does not lodge an FIR with the local police against Arnab Goswami for harassing him and his ageing parents, what is stopping him ?. Again instead requesting public to boycott the channel why doesn’t he slap a defamation case against the Chief Editor, reporters of Republic TV involved in the sting operation. If it is all lies and if there is no shred of truth in the report — Mr. Arnab Goswami and his channel will be boycotted by the intelligent , focused, most knowledgeable people of India .Udaikumar does not have to appeal to the public.
    Let truth come out first.


  7. I watched a couple of Arnab Goswami’s primetime shows just to see where he stands politically. He is far far right, possibly sponsored by the political right too. They are certainly sensational, eyeball-grabbing jingoistic, one-sided, loud-voiced sham of a debate. Arnab will drive the peaceful people crazy and full of hate.I have stopped watching his channel and saved myself the foul-mouthed stubborn, news anchor.


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