13 June, 2021

The Peace Maker

Ravish Kumar’s calm presence, hard-hitting stories, changes grammar of Hindi news TV

Tribhuvan Tiwari
The Peace Maker

Ravish Kumar is extremely hurt, upset and angry at the bullying and abuse he’s been getting on social media platforms of late, all at the hands of political groups at variance with his own liberal ideology. “I don’t deserve it, I don’t want to go through these trials,” he says, visibly upset. The targeted hate mails recently forced him to deactivate both his Facebook and Twitter accounts and carry forward his battle against the “online political war rooms” on his popular blog, ‘Naisadak’. The distress aside, the positive side to this clash with social media lumpens has been that it has conclusively proven that Ravish does matter. Love him or hate him, but you can’t ignore him.

In the English-dominated media, where languages have to fight hard for parity, Ravish has built an enviable stature of his own. Even English-speaking viewers have their daily dose of him on NDTV India Prime Time. Times may have changed but his popularity today is comparable to the likes of S.P. Singh or Vinod Dua of yore. His connect with...

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