Who Painted Abu­j­marh in Red?

Tehelka - - FRONT PAGE - PIYUSH OHRIE,

Coura­geous, ad­ven­tur­ous, un­bi­ased and in­quis­i­tive re­port­ing from the jun­gles of Abu­j­marh. It was com­mit­ted to re­al­ity, with­out tak­ing any sides. The sad part is many of us are fed a prej­u­diced ver­sion of the re­al­ity in the red cor­ri­dor. It’s per­haps this fear and dom­i­nance that makes a Maoist out of a tribal.

PLUG­GING HOLES

Re­fer to ‘ Dead Ends and Bizarre Twists’ by Gau­rav Jain, 12 May.

At a time when most of In­dia’s high­est paid and ‘fa­mous’ jour­nal­ists thrive on putting out ‘fast-food’ news that barely skim the sur­face, your story, and the de­tails it’s filled with, gives me hope that true jour­nal­ism in In­dia is alive. It’s be­sides the point if the ques­tions you have raised will af­fect the final out­come, but the fact that you have made the ef­fort and put in the work to fill the holes le be­hind by the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies gives me hope that true jour­nal­ism in In­dia is not ex­tinct yet!

KARMA, ON EMAIL

OPEN SE­CRET

Re­fer to ‘ Where the Wild Things Were’ by Ratnadip Choud­hury, 12 May.

An ar­ti­cle re­ally worth read­ing! Hats off to Ratnadip Choud­hury for his courage in re­veal­ing all those facts. Peo­ple of As­sam know per­fectly well what’s go­ing on, but no one dares to ex­press it; nei­ther does a jour­nal­ist ever write about it. Why that is so can be clearly un­der­stood aer go­ing through the ar­ti­cle, thanks to TEHELKA’S in­ves­tiga­tive spirit. I hope some pos­i­tive mea­sures are taken to save Kazi­ranga, one of the ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions of As­sam.

PURABI BO­RAH, ON EMAIL

VEN­TRIL­O­QUIST

Re­fer to ‘ Guilty, Not Guilty, Guilty?’ by Ashish Khetan, 5 May.

Your story is an eye-opener. I don’t know how the public will re­act to it; the is­sue re­mains that our coun­try’s premier in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency is be­ing mis­used. I be­lieve the gov­ern­ment has a great tool in its hands, but it’s a shame that this agency can be moulded and twisted as per the rulers’ con­ve­nience. It will be a waste of time to ex­pect any law that may free the CBI from this stran­gle­hold.

ANKUR AG­GAR­WAL, ON EMAIL

It’s not the first time that the mis­use of CBI is be­ing dis­cussed. The cen­tral gov­ern­ment, es­pe­cially the Congress-led UPA, is known to have made the CBI a pup­pet. Now, when it is all the more de­pen­dent on the SP for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, it won’t be any sur­prise to see the case against Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav take a le­nient course.

BAL GOVIND, ON EMAIL

Ashish Khetan has given an elab­o­rate ac­count of the CBI’S crafty meth­ods. Can’t the apex court in­ter­vene in such a mat­ter? For ex­am­ple, a case per­tain­ing to Jay­alalithaa was trans­ferred out­side Tamil Nadu, to Ben­galuru, to be free of lo­cal in­flu­ence. The judg­ment is awaited to see whether the courts can be in­flu­enced or not.

JA­COB SAHAYAM, ON EMAIL

THE MISS­ING PIECE

Re­fer to ‘ The Case of the Miss­ing De­tec­tive’ by Aradhna Wal, 12 May.

Just read your piece and thought to let you know it was ex­cel­lent – ab­so­lutely one of the best pieces on de­tec­tive fic­tion in In­dia in a long time. Also, it was quite cool that you were able to get com­ments from the su­per­reclu­sive Ashok Banker! At some book-fair, maybe the Jaipur Lit­fest next year, they should or­gan­ise a dis­cus­sion panel on this very topic, mod­er­ated by you. I’ll come for that for sure!

ZAC O’YEAH, ON EMAIL

THE BITE BACK

Re­fer to Shoma Chaud­hury’s ‘ Ab­hishek Singhvi. And Lessons from the Third Eye’ 28 April.

Singhvi is no or­di­nary politi­cian, nor just an­other spokesper­son of the Congress party. He was the most ag­gres­sive, ar­tic­u­late, ad­ver­sar­ial spin mas­ter of the Congress. Night aer night, Singhvi, the in­de­fati­ga­ble TV stu­dio war­rior, would de­fend the in­de­fen­si­ble, con­trive “ex­pla­na­tions” no mat­ter how far­fetched and al­ways draw par­ity with “equiv­a­lent” shenani­gans in the BJP to ex­cul­pate the Congress of any guilt, let alone ad­mit any wrong­do­ing. When the sex scan­dal went vi­ral on the In­ter­net, Singhvi found him­self help­less for the first time. His le­gal and ar­gu­men­ta­tive skills were ren­dered use­less in the face of this multi-pronged, re­lent­less e-at­tack that no court or­der could si­lence. To Singhvi’s many en­e­mies (in­clud­ing many within the Congress) it was pay­back time, a quiet mo­ment of triumph wit­ness­ing the tra­vails and fall of an up­start. That Singhvi, a for­mi­da­ble lawyer, was forced to reach an out-of-court set­tle­ment with his driver is the best val­i­da­tion of the truth of the CD.

HARI PAD­MAN­AB­HAN, ON EMAIL

THANKS BUSTERS

Re­fer to ‘ Myth­busters of Mohali’ by Nishita Jha, 28 April.

I must con­grat­u­late you for the bril­liant ar­ti­cle in TEHELKA on the work done by the Ra­tion­al­ist So­ci­ety in Mohali. I was pleas­antly sur­prised to find out about peo­ple do­ing such won­der­ful work so close to my city, Chandi­garh. Thank you very much for writ­ing this re­ally in­for­ma­tive piece.

AR­JUN SHE­O­RAN, ON EMAIL

BE­HIND THE BJP

Re­fer to ‘ The Fund Man­ager’s Stock Plum­mets’ by Bhavdeep Kang, 28 April.

Ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle, very well-re­searched and well-writ­ten! My ques­tion will be: who are the real mas­ters of the move­ment of RSS and BJP? Who calls the shots in these or­gan­i­sa­tions? As one of the two na­tional par­ties and the prin­ci­pal Op­po­si­tion party, they owe this ex­pla­na­tion to the coun­try.

MANOJ JHA, ON EMAIL

SIT­TING CAN­DI­DATES

Re­fer to ‘ The Foot That Doesn’t Fit Any Shoe’ by Ashok Ma­lik, 12 May.

In the present sce­nario, our hon­ourable PM Man­mo­han Singh is fit for pres­i­dentship. And So­nia Gandhi must be­come PM, as any­way she pos­sesses the real pow­ers.

MA­HESH KUMAR, ON EMAIL

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