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Can You Take It Kanchan Gupta?

Kanchan Gupta, Associate Editor of Pioneer speaks to Madhu Trehan on his journalism, being viewed as a "bigoted fundamentalist", the Hindutva movement, his disillusionment while working with the government and how Narendra Modi would never want to fuse faith with politics.

Kanchan Gupta, Associate Editor of Pioneer speaks to Madhu Trehan on his journalism, being viewed as a “bigoted fundamentalist”, the Hindutva movement, his disillusionment while working with the government and how Narendra Modi would never want to fuse faith with politics.

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  • Aware Indian

    So many of Madhu Trehan’s questions, arguments and points were factually incorrect or downright lame and illogical … I don’t even know where to begin! Kanchan Gupta did well overall, though even I could’ve given better answers to some of Madhu’s more “unintellectual” questions.

    Also, I wish NL would publish these videos unedited — I’m not alleging anything, but the abrupt editing cuts between questions and answers give a bad kind of feeling that does not inspire confidence. Remember that these are Youtube videos and not TV channel programmes where there are time limitations, 30-min or 60-min episodes, and advertisement slots. On a Youtube video one should easily *not* do any editing/tampering at all, and just publish the full interview the way it happened.

  • non_flag-bearer

    Ms. Trehan, can you share with us the source of your information on the illegality of flying a non-USA national banner in the USA?

  • Dhobi Miyan

    Seeing someone die with bullet wound in front of you can be a life changing experience and it surely has been for Kanchan. But it seems he got color blinded in the process and can only see black and white. He should meet some Muslim Women who wear Burqa as a choice before making sweeping comment about it. Also when Muslims have a more complex and better structured support system not only for divorced woman but also for other dependents, he is advocating to use a simplistic approach of 50-50 divide of the property with no concern for other dependents (like elderly parents). This 50-50 law will only lead to prenuptial agreements like USA.

  • Dhobi Miyan

    Madhu, you surely are a rich kid having limited visibility to outside world. Muslims supported (wrongly) Pakistan not because they loved Pakistan but to retaliate those who labelled them as Pakis and asked them to prove their IndianNess (like Modi did at HT conclave). That was old Muslim generation which chose India as home or their immediate parents did at the time of partition, and that is why they were more emotional in their response. New generation Muslims have learned the tricks of RSS and they do not play in their hands anymore, 1992 riots have got nothing to do with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ananthsundapalayam.sundapalayam Ananth Sundapalayam Sundapalay

    Madhu is “showing off” her ignorance when she says: “If you look at the democratic party, the republican party, the British political system or any of the Europeon parties – none of them were formed on the basis of any particular religion”. Really? Has she read anything at all about the “Conservative “party in Britain which is all about “conserving” Britain as a Christian nation? I’m sure she hasn’t even heard about the “Christian Democratic Union” in Germany or the PP in Spain or the Popolo della Liberta in Italy, all of which swear by Christian Democracy as one of their,if not the MOST important, defining principles. Almost all of western Europeon nations have their centre-right parties swearing by Christian principles, and in fact proclaim themselves to be “Christian Democrats!. In fact, the catholic church in Italy, the Greek orthodox church in Greece and the russian orthodox church in Russia, exert a major influence on the political landscape in their respective coutries – even the left in Italy would never dare cross swords openly, with the church there. And, what was that bit about Obama going to the wrong church? Does she actually know what she’s talking about? If she’d had the faintest idea about American politics, she would’ve known that Sarah Palin was chosen as John McCain’s running mate ONLY BECAUSE of her strong Christian credentials – she galvanised the Christian right in McCain’s favour by frequently insinuating that Obama was in fact a secret Muslim! Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachman, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, all stars of the Republican party are all evolution-denying, climate-change denying, bible spouting candidates, who if elected, would actually ban the teaching of evolution in schools and replace it with the old testament! This lady would put even Sarah Palin to shame, with her ignorance! The irony, in India, is that those who oppose the liberation of a huge number of Indians from their cages designed in a desert in the 7th century, are called “liberals”; and, while secularism ACTUALLY means that religion has NO BUSINESS in governance, those who, in fact, support the principle that archaic religious laws should be used to govern a specific set of Indians, are called “secular”!!

    • http://www.therepublikofmancunia.com/ Axeman

      Glad you brought up Sarah Palin. Mccain lost because of her. She only appealed to the loony extremist fringe which always vote republican anyway. The undecided centre people were turned off by her. Modi won because the message focused on development. It should remain that way.

  • http://twitter.com/mayureshgaikwad Mayuresh Gaikwad

    Madhuji, get your facts right! I have seen many immigrants fly their respective countries’ flags here. Indeed, the Hindu temple (Cincinnati) has the Indian flag flying proudly along with the American flag. In the US, you can burn the American flag under freedom of speech (context: 33:00 in this interview)

  • http://twitter.com/ChoteBhai1 Bhrata

    Hats off to Kanchan Gupta..however I have not expected kind of foolish questions from Madhu..

  • Erik

    Madhu, You have either misunderstood Modi’s reply or lying about it. Modi answered that a Hindu will always respect other religion. Hindu-ism means respect for all religion. I hope you remember, “ekam satyam vipra bahudha vadanti” which can be translated as “The Truth is One, but different Sages call it by different Names.”. I exclaim on your grey matter.

  • Abhay Gupta

    very nice interview, i always gets panic why we dont obey the history, mental status towards the faith remains the same , pick and choose platform for making the policies always creats cracks as in the case of greart great empire ” ROME” why this empire went in complete demolishion. the simple theory was “” pick and choose , even after several efforts Rome was not able to stand on its feet, Shri Arvind ghosh writes in his book ” मानव एकता का आदार्श ” पेज न. 34 .. इसमें संदेह नहीं कि उन्होंने विघटन के सब प्रत्यक्ष कारण दूर कर दिए थे तथा समस्त विघटनकारी परिवर्तन के विरोध में एक निष्क्रीय शक्ति प्राप्त कर ली थी पर उनका साम्राज्य केवल केंद्र में ही जीवित था और जब वह केंद्र भी निशक्त होने लगा तो उसके सारे शरीर में ही कोई वास्तविक तथा प्रचुर मात्र में कोई शक्ति नहीं बची थी जिससे वो अपनी क्षति-पूर्ती कर सकता, अंत में तो रोम को भरोसा भी ना रहा कि उसे उन जातिओं में से जिनके जीवन को उसने पराई सभ्यता के नीचे दबा दिया था कुछ उत्साही लोग भी मिल सकेंगे और परिणाम रोम को नष्ट होना पड़ा |
    राजनैतिक सुविधा प्राप्त मानव समूह केवल उस सुविधा तक ही मतलब रखते हैं क्योंकि इसी उद्देश्य की प्राप्ति के लिए उनका संघर्ष हुआ करता है, जिन्हें राजनैतिक सुविधा उपभोग की जरूरत नहीं होती वे खुद को देश मान कर अपना कर्म करते हैं अतः उन्हें ऐसे किसी संघर्ष की आवश्यकता ही नहीं रहती |

  • Hariharan

    I went through all the interviews etc in newslaundary having discovered this site recently

    Madhu, this interview shows your you too are not much different than the rest of MSM gang .although your take with karan was a gem. It would be nice of you to refresh your history knowledge of course not the history written by the infamous Marxist/Muslim gang which we read in our NCERT Texts

  • Vamsi Krishna

    Well here’s another Journalist who equates secularism to “wearing skull caps and attending iftar”. pls give it a break. Nobody believes it any more. “Being naive and hopeful is a full time job in this country and i pride myself in it.” Yes please, be naive to the crimes against the country and blind yourself from any corruptions and crimes by congress, Sit tight. India will heal itself.

    Thank you Kanchan Gupta, you were honest and clear in our thoughts unlike Madhu who is being naive and arrogant at times. And many of her arguments are factually incorrect. Religion plays a much bigger role in western countries than in India. Secularism means that state does not differentiate people based on religion which India does by making Muslims have their personal law board outside the purview of parliament and Supreme Court.

  • Ashutosh Gupta

    In the interview itself Mr Kanchan Gupta mentioned that the common masses of our Country thinks differently regarding religion, secularism or Hindutva for that matter, contrary to some 20 elite people in New Delhi. So if wearing a scarf or a Topi please the sentimentality of such masses than Mr Narendra Modi should graciously accept these offerings.

  • Lemonfresh tea

    Madhu, I want to make a point on your saying that why Narendra Modi refused to wear the skull cap or a scarf given by a Muslim. My point is that why anyone should? Recently Hamid Ansari, the vice president of India, refused to hold an “Aarti ka thali in his hand saying that his faith does not allow him to do so. Did the media made a big deal out of that? Rather I liked his clarity. We also should stop pretending by wearing caps and all. By doing so neither Modi is going to become a Muslim nor Mr. Ansari a Hindu. Better to stop these pretensions and judge the politicians based upon such acts.

    http://inagist.com/all/390057159004008448/

  • Lemonfreah Tea

    Madhu, I want to make a point on your saying that why Narendra Modi refused to wear the skull cap or a scarf given by a Muslim. My point is that why anyone should? Recently Hamid Ansari, the vice president of India, refused to hold an “Aarti ka thali in his hand saying that his faith does not allow him to do so. Did the media make a big deal out of that? Rather I liked his clarity. We also should stop pretending by wearing caps and all. By doing so neither Modi is going to become a Muslim nor Mr. Ansari a Hindu. Better to stop these pretensions and judge the politicians based upon such acts. Why we are so hard on Hindus? Hindus feel targeted and left out in order to appease Muslims. As a media person, you people should try to understand the other side of the coin as well in order to have a balanced society. I think media is responsible to make the relationship between the two communities worse. Things could get better if media and politicians stop intervening..

  • Lemonfreah Tea

    One more thing why you as media never talk about the Muslim organizations like SIMMI and many others? why always RSS? Muslim League was formed 1906 and RSS in 1925.

  • sandip agarwal

    Madhu, can you upload your newstrack videos on youtube?

  • Vinita Singh

    It was eye opener and really lovely talk.

  • Brijesh

    A complete bad interpretation of NaMo’s answer by Madhu. Is she doesn’t know English even? Here is the original answer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVg6TCkPcwk

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