Gujarat riots coverage: Rajdeep Sardesai attacks Arnab on #Fekugiri

NEW DELHI: Veteran journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai posted an old video of his ex-colleague, Arnab Goswami calling  him a ‘feku’ for his claims of being in trouble while covering the Gujarat riots for NDTV in 2002.

Sardesai, who worked in extremely difficult circumstances to report the Gujarat genocide of 2002, wrote, “Wow! My friend Arnab claims his car attacked next to CM Res in Guj riots! Truth:he wasn’t covering Ahmedabad riots!!” adding, “Fekugiri has its limits, but seeing this, I feel sorry for my profession.”

Sardesai has called it ‘fekugiri’ implying that there was ‘no truth’ to the former journalist’s claims.

Sardesai said that the incident which Goswami spoke about ‘how he was in trouble’ indeed had taken place but it is not Arnab and was Sardesai himself with whom the incident happened.

He wrote on Twitter, “Am told Arnab speech on Guj riots made to an audience in Assam when Cong in power! Am I surprised? Post truth society mein sab chalta hai!”

Reaffirming Twitter user Rohit Bhan, NDTV’s Gujarat correspondent, who wrote that it was the then Goswami’s boss, Sardesai, and not the Republic TV chief, whose car was stopped by the Hindutva groups, Serdesai wrote that the incident had taken place in Narendra Gudavalli.

Rohit wrote, “If i am not mistaken it was you and pranav whose car was stopped?”

He added, “Incident was in Gandhinagar Sarkhej highway, few kilometres away from CM residence.”

Responding to another Twitter user’s objection for calling Goswami’s claims ‘fekugiri,’ Sardesai said that he was merely setting the record straight.

“Only setting the record straight. New day, let’s move on to the next story!” he added.

In a two years ago video, Arnab Goswami is seen narrating about his experience on the Gujarat conflict how men armed with trishuls stopped and attacked his car during the riots, just 50 meters from the then CM Modi’s residence in Gandhinagar.

“I know it’s unsavoury, but I must share the reality of life with you. It happens just 50 meters from the chief minister’s residence. How it happened I don’t know. We said we are journalists. They said no no, what’s your religion,” Goswami is heard saying.