Navika Kumar is having a trying week.
First, she interviewed actor Kangana Ranaut during the Times Now 2021 summit in New Delhi where, alongside a lot of , she listened quietly as Kangana said India getting freedom in 1947 was a “bheekh” and that "true independence" was gained only in 2014.
Next, people objected to Kangana's comments (see , and ). Navika came in for her share of criticism for staying passive instead of, as one would expect from an interviewer, pushing back or asking questions. It wasn't just opposition leaders registering their protest on social media, BJP members .
Finally, Times Now piped up today calling Kangana's comments "an insult to millions of freedom fighters". The tweet helpfully included the video clip from the interview.
#KanganaRanaut may think India got Independence in 2014 but this cannot be endorsed by any true Indian. This is an insult to millions of freedom fighters who gave up their lives so that present generations can live a life of self-respect & dignity as free citizens of a democracy. pic.twitter.com/o0EtH0hukU— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) November 12, 2021
Nary a word was said on why Times Now's own anchor merely chose to respond to said comments during the interview with, "This is why everyone calls you bhagwa."
But Navika's trials and tribulations continued as Times Now's attempt to push the Times View did not go down well. (She did RT the tweet though.)
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