Before Join Republic Channel:-
- 1.In the Armed Forces:-
After clearing the SSB exam, Gaurav Arya joined the Indian Army as a Short Service Commissioned officer. He belonged to the 57th Short Service Commission (non-technical). In April 1993, Gaurav started his training at the Officer’s Training Academy (OTA) Chennai and was enrolled in the Jessami Company of the academy.
2. In the Corporate Sector
After retiring as a Major from the Indian Army, Gaurav Arya did an MBA in marketing and sales and then transitioned into the corporate world. He worked at various administrative positions in HCL, Hutch (now Vodafone), Wipro, Ernst & Young, Spice Retail Ltd, Sterea Infratech Ltd, and Smart Group, prior to joining Republic TV Network as a Senior Consulting Editor of Strategic Affairs in March 2017.
Major Gaurav Arya Open letter to Burhan Wani & Media debut:-
I don’t watch much TV, but once I did tune in to watch the news. It was a debate and the anchor was conducting it with a very familiar, controlled aggression. There was something about the way he looked and spoke, which triggered a memory. Then it struck me. He was the tall guy from Hindu College.
One day in 2016, Burhan Wani was killed, and in sheer frustration of seeing multitudes worshipping a dead terrorist at his funeral, I wrote an article called “Open Letter to Burhan Wani” and posted it on Facebook before I went to sleep. Before I went to sleep, I had 530 friends on Facebook. When I woke up, there were 732 likes and friend requests. By noon, I was getting phone calls. By 4 pm, I got a call from Army Headquarters from a serving general in the Indian Army.
“Great article, son,” the general said.
“Thank you, Sir,” I responded. I don’t have much experience of speaking to generals and so I kept it short.
“Keep up the good work, son. All the best.” The general disconnected the call.
Major Gaurav Arya Media Journey Start:-
I accepted all the Facebook friend requests that I received. The next day, I got a call from a well-known English news channel, inviting me to a panel discussion on Burhan Wani’s killing. That was my first time on TV. I spoke like I always do – blunt and to the point. I was an infantry company commander in the Indian Army. You don’t get more rough-edged than that. The channel people were perhaps a tad disappointed. They were used to a certain finesse, which I obviously did not bring to the table.
Three days after that show, I was invited to another English news channel and ushered into a swanky building at Film City, Noida. As I entered the studio, a familiar face rose from his chair to greet me. The same tall guy from Hindu College.
“Welcome to the News Hour, Gaurav,” he said.
And so it started for me, the whole crusade of telling the brutal truth without pulling punches… debate after debate, we did it. Those who would attack India were put in the dock.
Arnab was telling the truth. I, in my very minuscule way, was trying to defend India. I soon realized that it was the same thing.
Time passed and Arnab left Times Now. I did not hear from him for months.
Last week, I received an unexpected call. The voice at the other end of the line said, “Gaurav, do you have a minute? Boss would like to speak with you.”
So, Arnab and I spoke. And then I took a leap of faith.
In our very small, insignificant way, we will again stand up for India. We are unapologetically nationalistic. It is in our DNA. To sugar-coat news would be to lie to you. And that is sacrilege. It is blasphemy. It will never be done.
For too long in the mainstream media, faux ideology has substituted fact. Sometimes, it has been money, sometimes special interest. No longer.
In the next few months, Arnab Goswami is bringing a hurricane to your doorstep. And I am coming with that hurricane. News will never be the same again.
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