Mar 9, 2015.
Debate: Should the BJP pull out of its alliance with the PDP in Kashmir after the release of separatist Masarat Alam?
Arnab’s position: Mufti Mohammed Sayeed is a pro-Pakistan chief minister, pandering to terrorists and openly flirting with Islamabad
Quote: “BJP is supporting separatists”
Times Now rationale*: Good cop BJP was speaking a different language from bad cop Mufti who was playing to a pre-scripted tune
Mar 4, 2015.
Debate: Should the BBC have interviewed the Delhi gangrape convict for Leslee Udwin’s documentary India’s Daughter?
Arnab’s position: The government should ban the film from being telecast on rival channel NDTV
Quote: “Someone very powerful in the Congress for the interview. Why?”
Times Now rationale: Laws do not allow BBC to show an interview-based documentary with a rapist in England. Why here?
Feb 20, 2015.
Debate: Should pro-Pakistan commentary end after Pakistani “terror boat” planning 26/11 style suicide mission is blown up on film?
Arnab’s position: We have to deal with both Pakistan for getting its facts wrong and the Congress party which has embarrassed our country and our national interests
Quote: “What the Congress said has undermined India.”
Times Now rationale: Video proves Pakistan crew set the boat on fire. The boat was on a terror mission as the four-minute footage proves.
Feb 17, 2015.
Debate: Why should Greenpeace activists go crying before the British Parliament?
Arnab’s position: This is not a free speech issue but a national issue
Quote: “Is this activism or anti-nationalism?”
Times Now rationale: The government would not have got the opportunity to defend its position against Greenpeace charges before British Parliament
Nov 4, 2014.
Debate: What should India’s position be after Sri Lanka’s decision to hang five fishermen from Tamil Nadu caught in Lankan waters?
Arnab’s position: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy declares war on everyone except Mahinda Rajapaksa
Quote: “Why is Swamy against the majority Tamil view?”
Times Now rationale: Swamy should have used his good offices with Mahinda Rajapaksa to secure the release of the fishermen
Jul 14, 2014.
Debate: Should Ved Pratap Vaidik, an aide of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, have met terrorist Hafiz Sayeed while on a visit to Pakistan?
Arnab’s position: Lampoons Vaidik and thrashes the senior journalist without hearing him on prime time
Quote: “What is this rubbish you are talking? Do you have a transcript?”
Times Now rationale: What he has done is wrong. He had talks with the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks on India.
Note: * Times Now rationale obtained from multiple off-the-record conversations