Star anchor Ravish Kumar’s resignation from NDTV India on Wednesday as the Adani Group moved ahead with its effort to take over the news channel prompted a barrage of memes, cartoons and satirical videos bemoaning what many social media users believe is a narrowing of media freedom in India.
The Ramon Magasaysay Award-winning news anchor used to host the programmes Hum Log, Ravish Ki Report, Desh Ki Baat and Prime Time.
“Few journalists have impacted people as much as Ravish,” NDTV said in a mail to its employees. “This reflects in the immense feedback about him: in the crowds he draws everywhere; in the prestigious awards and recognition he has received, within India and internationally; and in his daily reports, which champion the rights and needs of those who are under-served.”
NDTV is seen as the last independent TV news outlet by many users.
Here is a selection of responses from social media users.
#NDTV pic.twitter.com/v85bzmE22N— Ashish Bagchi (@BagchiAsh) November 30, 2022
#NDTVtakeover pic.twitter.com/V4BcEsEcpz— sajithkumar (@sajithkumar) November 30, 2022
Some suggested that Adani had made the purchase at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Godi. #NDTV #GodiMedia pic.twitter.com/1DMI0iMspH— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) December 1, 2022
कार्टून @cartoonistrrs pic.twitter.com/oysjs6WOJU— Om Thanvi | ओम थानवी (@omthanvi) December 1, 2022
However, with Ravish Kumar’s exist, it would seem like the buyer had made a worthless purchase, suggested Rakesh Ranjan.
पैसा हारा...ईमान जीता!#RavishKumar #NDTV pic.twitter.com/qrmhCRgfBX— Rakesh Ranjan...