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Letters To Tehelka
From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 9, Issue 50, Dated 15 December 2012

GeoGlobal, Modi and the Gas Links

Nice job on the investigative report. Since the Modi brigade is known to debunk anything anti-Modi, especially evidence that is against his non-corrupt and pro-development image, I urge your to upload the original documents online so that his army of online trolls satisfy themselves.

Guhan, on Email

Gas Deals
Refer to ‘Sweet Deals are Made of Gas’ by Ashish Khetan, 8 December.

Nitin Gadkari not resigning as the president of the BJP is justified when his possible replacements are worse than him. GSPC, under Narendra Modi’s watch, gave stakes worth crores to a six-day-old company in the KG-basin gas blocks. GSPC has over 65 blocks — there is so much scam in just one of them.

Ravinder Singh,, on Email

Truth and scientific reason exposed. Proud of it.

Gary Bagha, on Email

Exhaustive and meticulous efforts, sans scandalising. That the corrective happened is good. Indian talent must be respected and taken on board; we should not be carried away by loud-mouth foreigners.

Neelam Manmohan Attavar, on Email

Excellent piece.

Tariq Aziz, On Email

What is our mainstream media doing? It is about time questions were raised on Modi and the likes. I would like to congratulate you and TEHELKA for your impartial investigations.

Omar Aziz, on Email

Thank you for the ripples that you’re creating.

Mohammed Imadudheen, on Email

No politician or political party is interested in the welfare of Muslims or Hindus or even the country. They are vultures and do everything for material pleasures, a team of industrialists owning big media is also a part of this loot. It is commendable that journalist Ashish Khetan is at least putting the dirt in the system out in public. His editor Tarun Tejpal deserves more commendation for taking on the system. I understand how difficult it is to manage financial support for a publication like TEHELKA.

Ahmed Sohail Siddiqui, on Email

Reverse Sting
Refer to ‘Editor’s Cut’ by Shoma Chaudhury, 8 December.
I agree with what you wrote. Some media houses are unwilling to introspect. Your bravado in bringing it out is appreciated.

Prince Varghese Madathileth, on Email

Immunity can’t win crime and misconduct. Jindal was a scamster, and ZeeNews fell into the trap of greed.

S Kannan, On Email

I read your editorial on the ZeeNews scam. You bring a breath of fresh air to today’s journalism. Many news channels are no better than ZeeNews. They take money and make deals, as is evident from their reporting.

TEHELKA is among the last beacons of wellmeaning journalism in India. Keep up the good work.

Jack Ryan, on Email

Vindictive Irony
Refer to ‘Why Hanging Kasab was Wrong’ by Nagraj Adve and Ranjana Padhi, 1 December.

For many Ajmal Kasab’s hanging resembled a crucial cricket match against Pakistan that India won. Kasab’s case has been a politically charged affair, and for this, both the government and the Opposition must share the responsibility. Every day he spent in prison was projected as a sign of the weakness of a government that was soft on terror.

J Akshobhya, on Email

Ajmal Kasab was an unemployed youth who was brainwashed into the dastardly act by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba. Pakistan is yet to punish the masterminds of 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Kasab was a pawn in the horrible game of terror. It is an irony that the hanging of the man, who embodied the most audacious peacetime-assault on India, will weigh minimally on the long-term consequences of his bloody assignment.

Guru Raghavendra, on Email

Your opinion touches only the humane dimension of the Kasab’s hanging. There is an economic cost involved in keeping him alive for another 25 years as a prisoner. Further, would that translate to justice for those who have suffered? Of course, hanging him does not solve the issue — bringing the main conspirators to justice would surely do. This is a small step towards justice — retribution for those who have suffered!

Binoy Parikh, on Email

The news of Kasab’s execution has attracted a lot of criticism rather than appreciation. The Human Rights Watch has already urged India to remove the death penalty from its legal framework. But I beg to differ. Death penalty is a credible deterrent. Everything can’t be justified under the veil of humanitarianism. More so in a world where crime in general has increased, both in terms of numbers and the degree of violence perpetrated. Let us have a penalty that is befitting such crimes.

KS Jayatheertha, on Email

It is not acceptable that the society gives up the only weapon to protect itself from those who try to destroy it. Can anyone ever claim that the damage done to humanity was less in what was done at Hiroshima and Nagasaki than what the Nazis did in Germany and other countries they occupied? It is an uncomfortable subject to discuss wearing a cloak of ‘civilisation’ and ‘morality’. So is death penalty. So let us give up both these terms and discuss it as a ‘need of the State’ in the same terms on which we accept ‘war’. I am not prepared to give up death penalty because we will be giving up an essential weapon to save the society.

Purshottam Khandekar, on Email

Refer to ‘Just How Many Is Too Many’ by Jay Mazoomdaar, 8 December.

This article, like many others by you, touches upon an issue so dear to my heart. Thank you for propelling them in a qualitative-quantitative manner.

Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur

That was such horrifying news.

Manish Vaidya, Ahmedabad

It is extremely disappointing and disturbing that wild animals are not valued and respected. I am thankful to you for putting out the story in public domain.

Brijendra Bahia, on Email

A good story.

P Naveen, Bhopal

Masculine Cliché
Refer to ‘A Hot Shop Gone Cold’ by Shaili Chopra, 1 December.

The comment refers to the illustrations used in the story. I did not expect TEHELKA to fall for the farmer equals male stereotype.

Nisha, On Email

Unheard Side
Refer to ‘Who are They Fooling?’ by Mazin Qumsiyeh, 1 December.

The US looks at Palestinian resistance as terrorism, and has declared that Israel is right to act in self-defence, without commenting on the rights of the Palestinians to live in their homeland with dignity. The killing of 130 civilians and injuring of 40 children makes no difference to the US. The world is watching but it is blind, deaf and dumb to the sufferings of the Palestinians.

My Shariff, On Email

The Truth About Thackeray
Refer to ‘Editor’s Cut’ by Shoma Chaudhury, 1 December.

I loved your opinion on Balasaheb Thackeray’s legacy and his impact on the Indian socio-political scenario. You take a dig at the Indian media for “turning journalistic domains into cultural grieving rooms”. With all due respect,do you expect anything more from the Indian media. Please keep the fire in your writing.

Proloy Dasgupta, on Email

In recent months, police have arrested a number of people in cases that are being seen as a test of India’s commitment to freedom of speech. In October, Ravi Srinivasan, a 46-year-old businessman was arrested in Puducherry for a tweet criticising Karti Chidambaram, Finance Minister P Chidam baram’s son. In September, cartoonist Aseem Trivedi was jailed in Mumbai on charges of sedition for his anti-corruption drawings. And in April, the West Bengal government arrested professor Ambikesh Mahapatra who had emailed to friends a cartoon that was critical of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. And now young women are arrested for wondering aloud on Facebook.

Until now people were forbidden from criticising religion. But this is a new development. Criticism is forbidden. Pray, where are we heading?

Hemavati A, On Email

Brilliant. Devastating. So long as we fight shy of confronting history, we shall be destined to wallow in historical mistakes. I wish more power to your pen.

Nazar Da Silva, On Email

You have nailed it, in your assessment of media behaviour following Bal Thackeray’s demise. Even the so-called elitists in the English media were toeing the line. Thackeray was an egoistic dictator with a horribly wrong notion of patriotism and nearly no understanding of Indian history or politics. I was shocked to see the media’s sudden fascination for him. I completely agree when you say, “Indian tradition might demand that family or close associates not speak ill of the newly dead, but how can it possibly demand that national media itself suspend judgement?”

Jay Samal, On Email

Congratulations for writing the brilliant piece on Bal Thackeray.

One of the fundamental virtues of journalistic ethos is that “Truth must be told”. As someone who has always believed in the plural and multi-cultural values of this country, I was always hurt by Thackeray‘s idea of nationalism.

Bhim Raju Rao, on Email

No, Thackeray was not great. Greatness does not lie in encouraging divisiveness, hate and violence. Greatness, in a diverse country like ours, lies in assiduously cultivating and nurturing that which unites us.

Vk Mushran, on Email

Your editorial articulates very well what most people in the Mumbai thought. There is, however, a glaring lack of knowledge of Mumbai’s basic topography on display. Palghar to Mumbai is what Rohtak or Mewat is to Delhi. To lay the misdemeanours of the Palghar/Thane police at the doors of the Mumbai metropolitan police is grossly negligent reporting. You are not the only media person to have made this gaffe. Channel after channel has done this ad nauseam.

Vinay Isloorkar, on Email

You deserve rich compliments for your editorial. You have correctly portrayed the state of affairs. And it is indeed a sad commentary on our democracy. Bal Thackeray had himself publicly said several times that he does not believe in democracy.

Vijay Sharma, on Email

Funding AAP
Refer to ‘The Aam Aadmi Strikes Back’ by Revati Laul, 8 December.

Now that the initial euphoria is over, Arvind Kejriwal will have to pass the litmus test and explain how he wants to clean up politics. He must know that he has leveraged on Anna Hazare to the hilt. Transparency in political funding has always been a bone of contention for our political system. And to expect a person like Kejriwal, who has just stepped into this dirty game, to clean it up is a bit too much. He has started on the right note. But how far he will go is a million-dollar- question. I hope that he remains relevant in the years to come.

Bal Govind, on Email

The article on the launch of Arvind Kejriwal’s new party made an interesting read. However, his opening remark that he would cleanse the rot in the political system by prosecuting all corrupt politicians within six months of coming to power comes across as rhetoric to hoodwink aam aadmi. Kejriwal should not get overconfident, lest the party end up like Jayaprkash Narayan's Lok Satta party in Andhra Pradesh, which still struggling hard to retain its identity in politics, leave alone fulfilling promises and assurances held out to the common man at its launch five years ago.

KR Srinivasan, on Email

Caste Wars
Refer to ‘500 Dalit homes burnt...And a News Blip’ by Imran Khan, 1 December.

The State should be ashamed of such incidents. Strict action should be taken so that such incidents never happen again

Jacob Sahayam, on Email

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader S Ramadoss has unnecessarily created a situation of volatility in Tamil Nadu with his hardened stance against Dalits. The Vanniyars live cheek by jowl with the more disadvantaged Dalits in many areas of the state. Clearly, the PMK that claims to represent the former sees a threat from the latter's social and economic ascendancy. His unfortunate transition from someone who supported the Dalit cause to his recent sarcastic comments on the visible change in the dress code of the Dalit youth betrays his casteist mind-set. Ramdoss should be stopped from stoking the fires of caste conflict by his uncalled-for incendiary speeches.

G David Milton, On Email

CBI Responds
Refer to ‘Enough Fodder on Sinha's Past’ by Rana Ayyub, 8 December.

The article quotes a senior CBI officer who was in the running for the Director, CBI’s post’, saying that “CBI has never witnessed such lobbying and politicization.” The Senior CBI officer falling in this category wishes to convey his total shock on reading the statement as he has never been contacted by your correspondent. The ‘quote’ is false and incorrect. The CBI also conveys a strong denial of the statement carried in the magazine that 2G or any other investigation was allegedly influenced by the government.





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