Days after India’s famous television anchor Padma Shri Barkha Dutt was shouted at a la ‘Simon Go Back’ in the heart of India’s capital at India Gate, she has landed herself in a fresh controversy while initiating a debate over corruption on her news channel.
In the show titled ‘The Buck Stops Here’ on NDTV, Barkha was asking eminent persons involved in the activist Anna Hazare-led crusade against corruption if they would resign from their offices amid allegations, accusations or suspicions against them.
The show was aired on April 20 as fresh controversies appeared in the Indian media over land allotments in Uttar Pradesh hitting lawyers Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant who are members of a high-level panel drafting the much-demanded bill against corruption.
It was Swami Agnivesh who stunned Barkha by putting it to her if she thinks a famous anchor of a TV channel, accused of corruption, should be initiating a discussion on corruption at all. Agnivesh actually told Barkha that the shoe is in the other foot.
Watch the video here with patience as the climax happens in the 40th minute.
NDTV that continues to hold Barkha good, inspite of the star journalist being accused of political leanings in the multi-crore 2G scam, thankfully continued with the show despite this embarrassment. But, Barkha…. The Buck Must Stop Here. Please resign… clear yourself and who knows we may work together. I have faith in your talent (but) not in your spirit of defending the indefensible. Can we sit over coffee!