Indian prime time news is a joke that gets told every day. At least a few years ago, there was a certain pretence of journalism. But lately, it seems that caution has been thrown to the wind nobody cares anymore.
Case in point, K. Siddhartha, a guest expert you might have seen multiple times on TV giving his expert opinion on multiple things.
Someone actually pointed it out on Twitter, that this man has been presented as an environmentalist, an expert on India-Vietnam relations, a geologist, and an educationist among others.
We dug around a bit and found out that Siddhartha is actually an author and consultant. His website lists him as a 'strategic thinker, geostrategist, knowledge and perception management consultant, thought leadership trainer' among other things.
Regardless, this did not stop Twitter. Once, the picture went viral, Twitter did what Twitter does best... Nothing much actually, just a bunch of jokes.
Ye TV ka dhruv rathee hai🤣— Pooja Sangwan ❁ (@ThePerilousGirl) July 30, 2020
गुजरात यूनिवर्सिटी के "एंटायर पोलिटिकल साइंस" कोर्स के बाद विद्यार्थी हर विषय का एक्सपर्ट हो जाता है। 😂— Rajat Kapil (@RajatKapil11) July 31, 2020
K Siddhartha be like .... pic.twitter.com/tTDIn1A5ZQ— ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ (@theesmaarkhan) July 31, 2020
Arnad- educationalist, environmentalist , geographical expert needed in my panel— राज 🙆 (@memeskaraj) July 31, 2020
K siddhartha pic.twitter.com/z1uz98tDHG
"Take away your suit and what are you?"— Nirmalya Dutta (@nirmalyadutta23) July 31, 2020
Tony Stark: "Genius. Billionaire. Playboy. Philanthropist."
K Siddhartha: "LOL. Amateur." pic.twitter.com/ZAKdTixWlo
Oh man, WTF! BTW, you should all know that all newsrooms have a guest coordinator whose job is to find guests, audit them and prepare them for the shows.