Arnab Goswami, the well-known and well-heard news channel editor has reportedly been left speechless, if only for a minute. During his regular panel discussion session, last night Arnab was discussing about unruly behaviour of the lawmakers in the state assemblies and the Parliament. As usual, there were 7 other panel members chosen from across political parties, university professors and advocates.
This number is based on statistical analysis supported by empirical evidence, on the most number of panels into which the TV screen can be divided (and hence the name “panel discussion”) to make the bewildered expressions of the participants visible to the viewers and at the same time keeping the number of participants to a maximum, so that Arnab can keep switching from one participant to another.
The channel logo, the topic of the discussion on the top, the snippets of the ongoing discussion at the bottom, the scrolling marquee with related news below the snippets, the second scrolling marquee with other unrelated news below the first marquee and the space for ads constitute the rest of the screen.
Since the average TV screen size of the households in the nation does not exceed 32 inches and since obviously the nation is what asking the questions that Arnab is merely prompting, to satisfy the nation, this limit on the panelists has to be obeyed.
However, to beat the constraints with creativity, Arnab often allows callers to dial in and take part in the discussion. Ofcourse, the typical transcript is like this:
Caller: “Hi, I am Abhay from Ahmedabad…”
Arnab: “Hi Abhay, ask your question”.
Caller: “I want to know why Congress supporting corruption…”
Arnab: “Abhay from Ahmedabad wants to know, WHY YOUR ARE SUPPORTING CORRUPTION FOR AL THESE YEARS. PLEASE ANSWER MR XYZ”
Caller: “Why they are not resigning?”
Arnab: “ABHAY WANTS TO KNOW, THE NATION WANTS TO KNOW. YOU HAVE TO ANSWER…”
XYZ: “it is a political vendetta that..”
Caller: “I want to ask..”
Arnab: “MR XYZ YOU ARE NOT ANSWERING MY QUESTION… PLEASE HEAR ME OUT. WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THE CORRUPT MINISTERS?”
Caller: “I want to…”
XYZ: “how can it be..”
ARNAB: “I HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASK. WHY….”
Things took a surprising twist last night though. Here is the transcript.
Arnab: “The phone lines are open now. The public wants to ask. Yes please…”
Caller: “I’m Charlie. I have answer.”
Arnab: “Yes, Charlie wants to know why HE HAS AN ANSWER? MR XYZ..”
Caller: “I mean, I HAVE AN ANSWER”
Arnab: “eh? WHAT? TO WHAT?”
Caller: “Your questions… my questions… the nation’s questions…”
Anab: “er.. umm.. eh? I WANT TO.. eh?”
Caller: “It is 42”
Arnab: “oh, eh? what? umm.. eh? “