Who Painted Abujmarh in Red?
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.
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
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 aer 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
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 aer 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
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
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