"Tehelka is one of the best sources
of news in India…"
"Tehelka has invested heavily in hard hitting investigative
reporting and has pushed the boundaries of editorial content further than
"Tehelka is a delightful Urdu word, difficult to translate.
It refers to that special kind of tumult provoked by a daring act, or
a sensational piece of writing. And Tehelka has certainly lived up to
On January 31, 2004, after more than two years of persecution,
Tehelka was reborn as a weekly newspaper committed to constructive, crusading
journalism. As a people's paper geared to take a stand, to follow the
hard investigative story. A fearless paper ready to create opinion, and
not just remain a passive vehicle of news.
Over the years, Tehelka has firmly established itself as a people’s
media choice. With public interest journalism, serious opinion and analysis,
Tehelka has earned unmatched credibility and brand recall.
It has very quickly established an enviable reputation
— national and international — for the quality of its reportage,
the eminence of its writers, and the refinement of its analyses and ideas.
As a premium English weekly, Tehelka, increasingly, influences almost
every opinion leader and decision maker in the country.
Tehelka, earlier in a tabloid size, is now in a weekly
magazine format. The magazine format only means a more compact and elegant
design — the core values of public interest journalism and literary
writing remain unchanged. Tehelka, India’s fastest growing English
language weekly, in its new format is poised for a dramatic up scaling
of visibility and readership.
This follows repeated demand by readers to switch to a magazine format,
since the contents of Tehelka are seen to have much more shelf value and
depth than a newspaper. This format with its easy size allows for longevity
and high pass along readership, a necessary attribute given the depth
and quality of writing in Tehelka. For ardent readers, the switch to a
magazine has enhanced the positive values already inherent in Tehelka.
The new look Tehelka may be smaller in format but is much bigger in impact.
Also brighter, crisper, more unputdownable.
In the seven years since it was born, Tehelka has stood
the test. Its courage under fire is well-known. But most importantly,
it has brought back into hard focus the two most crucial pillars of a
free press: public interest and the appetite to question. Tehelka has
broken some of the most seminal stories in India in recent years.
One of the most important keys to a free and just society
is the existence of a strong and independent media. A media that acts
as our conscience and brings news and perspective to us on issues of national
interest. A media that acts without fear or favour. Today, perhaps more
than any other media group in India, Tehelka has come to stand for these
Tehelka is led by Tarun J. Tejpal, a highly respected
journalist and public icon in India. In 2001, Asiaweek listed
him as "one of Asia's 50 most powerful communicators", and BusinessWeek declared him "among 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia".
The December 2006 issue of The Guardian listed Tejpal as one
of "India's New Elite — Top 20?.
He is also the author of a widely acclaimed debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire,
published by Picador Books in England in 2005.