60 children, several of them infants, died at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur district in the last five days due to alleged disruption in the supply of oxygen. And, thirty of them died in the last 48 hours.
But for Times Now, which claims to be the leading news channel in the country, it is not an issue. Instead, for them it is just a silly issue used by some panelists to distract their viewers from the real issue, that is Vande Mataram.
The channel on Friday night, in its prime time show News Hour, preferred to debate on Yogi Adityanath government's order to madrassas across Uttar Pradesh to celebrate Independence Day and to videograph it without failing to send its copy to the district minority officer.
The Managing Editor - Politics at Times Now Navika Kumar, who anchored the debate, shouted at a panelist saying “The debate is on Vande Matram, you are bringing up this issue because you are running away from ‘real’ issue.”
Navika has come under severe criticism on social media for her senseless remarks as several journalists and activists took to the twitter to condemn her stand.
Noted journalist Rajdeep Sardesai wrote on twitter: “I believe news channel anchor said today why are you distracting public with Gorakhpur deaths when focus is on Vande Mataram!God help media!”.
Another user tweeted: “I fear Navika Kumar of @TimesNow may scold the parents of the #Gorakhpur kids asking them why did their kids choose to die in a BJP state”.
The short video clip of the debate in which she can be seen scolding the panelist has since gone viral on social media.
Navita was elevated as the Managing Editor – Politics in last February. She is currently leading the political team of the channel.
The anchor who directly report to Rahul Shivshankar, the Chief Editor of TIMES NOW, was part of several anti Congress sting operations including Office for Profit story that led to the resignation of Sonia Gandhi, CWG scam, Augusta chopper scam and Aircel Maxis deal.
Meanwhile, the death of children in the state run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur has forced the UP govt to order an inquiry in to the matter while doctors cite infections and disruption in the supply of oxygen in the pediatrics ward as the reason for the tragedy.
The hospital is positioned under Yogi Adityanath’s constituency and he had paid a visit to the hospital two days ago when he inspected the pediatrics ward and took stock of the arrangements at encephalitis wards.