Fall of a media moralist - The New Indian Express

Fall of a media moralist

Published: 24th Nov 2013 07:15:35 AM

The small parking lot in front of the M-Block of Greater Kailash Part-II where Tehelka magazine’s offices is crowded with journalists hunting another journalist. OB vans jostle for space, and hacks wait restlessly for a byte or a bite of the biggest scandal that has engulfed the Indian media—the sexual molestation of a young colleague by Tehelka’s founder-editor Tarun Tejpal. The parking boys are making a killing, charging Rs.1,000 as fees instead of the usual Rs. 10. The wolf pack with mikes aren’t complaining,  as they wait for Tehelka’s managing editor and long time Tejpal associate Shoma Chaudhury to emerge like a modern Antigone in a sordid saga of admission,  acquiescence and blatant defiance. The man who the Western newspapers had crowned as India’s biggest crusader of truth after his spy cams claimed significant scalps is now hiding from the cameras.

Says an art curator who had attended the Think fest where the molestation happened, “He is a victim of hubris, he genuinely believed in the infallible myth of himself.” It was his Shakespearean flaw; creating a formidable brand with indomitable will and ‘lacerating’ it with at costly “bad lapse of judgment, an awful misreading of the situation,” as his email to Chaudhury said.

At Think, the audience booed him for making a long speech on Amitabh Bachchan, who they were more keen to hear. “Clearly he has no sense of propriety, referring to Amitabh Bachchan as Amitabh,” said a Goa resident present at the jamboree. “At a formal event, you call him Mr Bachchan.” But Tejpal couldn’t care less. The writer who would cultivate publishers sycophantically but tore up the manuscript of his first novel which was rejected by Penguin Books, would later claim he was the one who introduced Sir V S Naipaul to Indian society by throwing a big bash for him at the ITC Maurya’s Nandiya Gardens after he won the Nobel Prize. By the time it was the second decade of the Noughties, Tejpal had become an international name, listed by Asiaweek as one of Asia’s 50 most powerful communicators; by The Guardian as among the 20 who constitute India’s new elite and as one of India’s 50 most powerful people by Businessweek. His novels were published to international acclaim. The Sunday Times (UK) hailed The Alchemy of Desire as “an impressive and memorable debut”. Le Figaro called it a “masterpiece” and Sir. Naipaul raved, “At last! A new and brilliantly original novel from India.” In France, it won the Prix Millepages and was the finalist for the prestigious Prix Femina.

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Comments(15)

Tarun Tejpal was not a media moralist.He was by nature immoral. This was why the corrupt and unethical Congress funded him and used him to trap their adversaries by questionable means. The fellow must be immediately arrested and punished for his misdemeanor. There seems to be attempts in certain sections of the media to save him.

As a Congress door mat, didn't he exceed his brief by being so arrogant? when you are accepting money and favours from all opposed to BJP/Modi/RSS/Hindus , you can't behave like this.Stew in your soup dude.No one is crying.

i have seen all tv shows most of the senior journs have failed miserable in their views country is still poor in showing mettle in journalism shame on the part of every TV anchor. Repeated questions and breaking news of Tejpal anticipated arrested is very disgusting .. looks immaturish .. MD chowdary got away least questioned... these fellows great at banging politicos only which is just accepting .. but these anchors not worth their salt .. really bad news for indian democracy.. forth estate just failed like all other three

Oh what a great fall for our self proclaimed media moralist ?His life is a great lesson to all as how one should not be .

I will like to know at what point Victim friends reported the matter.Did they talk or email on this matter to anyone.I have no doubts about victims complaint but my question is if the situation were different if the victim was a male and accused a female.Would thus case had been going on as it is now if woman superior had asked for a sexual favour of a male subordinate?is it a true that a woman does not have to prove anything and all that she has to do is say her helplessness.Why is Tejpal is calling it judgement mistake.is it possible that the woman made gestures to get his attention.she has admitted that at least on first occasion she was drunk. my comment may be different than others.But in mimicking west we have changes us so much and drinking is a normal way of living.when I talk to my friends and relatives in india they beat their chest about their values and traditions.We NRIS living in Tge west are looked down upon as we are polluted.what a hypocrisy.she saw drunk on the job.

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