Monday, November 25, 2013

The Beast's Accomplices



There are three kinds of sting operations: 1) An authorised Law Enforcement agency like the Police or CBI conducts a sting to make inroads into a crime already committed to force evidence. 2) Lure innocent people into believing or playing roles to con someone or commit a major crime. You know like that Special26 movie about the jewellery shop robbery in 1987 where the conman recruited people as CBI agents to rob the outlet. 3) Fabricate a crime with some political or other motive and then try to fit people into it. Catch them unawares by appealing to their baser instincts and tempt them into a crime.
 
The recent sting on the AAP Party falls into the third category. Try to appeal to baser instincts of people (and it is normal for a large number of people who can succumb to temptation) and then claim they are guilty. Tehelka’s history is full of the third category. In other words, these are not even stings but more of entrapments. Tarun Tejpal (TT) couldn’t help molesting and raping a young colleague twice at a public event (Remember NDTV, please insert alleged everywhere). Imagine what crimes he would have succumbed to if offered inducements with call girls or prostitutes. Take a look at the pic below:

Not hard to recognise the man in the middle, is it? In 2009 Tiger Woods was hospitalised and the media was trying to find out why. Then came news that there was an accident and he suffered some serious injuries. People were worried. Then came news that the injuries were out of his wife beating him up. Then came news that the beating was because of his adultery and affair with another woman. That should have explained. It didn’t stop there. Then came news of three more women. Then another three! By the time the shock could be absorbed it turns out Woods had rounded up a complete “cricket team” of girlfriends with whom he had affairs. He even added a 12th woman to complete the bench; there were 12 women in all. But even the high-octane-libido-Woods wasn’t accused of raping or forcing any woman into sex with him. Tejpal’s daughter claims to have told “V” (his victim) that her dad had done this before. So I wonder how many will tumble out of his closet and speak up with the same courage as V.

Are we to believe that people around Tiger Woods and many of his media chroniclers didn’t know about his sexcapades? I don’t thinks so. Are we to believe all the friends of TT in the media didn’t know about his sexcapades? I don’t think so in his case either. Every major media celeb in NDTV, CNN-IBN, TimesNow, India Today, TOI Group, Mid-day, FirstPost and all the cronies in and around Delhi and Mumbai would have known about his history sheet. They remained quiet. They were all silent accomplices. Chances are they are still accomplices to some other crooks like TT. In particular, would Shoma Chaudhury be unaware? Facts tell us she would be. After all, Tehelka was a small family and not a giant like TOI. Shoma now comes across the scumbagini who’s the biggest accomplice in terms of attempts to cover up of the whole episode. This is the same Shoma who is quoted in Wiki (Pic from DailyMail):  

Chaudhary criticises the current state of the Indian media. Speaking on a panel on investigative journalism at the 16th World Editors Forum, she remarked on the state of journalism in India as "pathetic" as it had become "a corporate rather than a political act". She was critical of the "focus on advertisement revenue" rather than public interest, adding that "journalism has thus been undervalued, and this needs to change”. On another occasion she was quoted as saying: “India's political, corporate and media establishment sounds like a mobile cocktail party, gliding, champagne glasses in hand, in and out of each other’s drawing rooms, television studios, boardrooms and award ceremonies like actors in an elaborate charade”.

That last quote seems to pretty much describe Tehelka itself. Surprising see doesn’t see Tehelka’s ugly face in the mirror. “Drunken banter” said Tejpal to his victim. Mobile cocktail party? That’s what most media houses in Delhi are and they are part of the Scotch-circuit of Delhi and Mumbai. The cocktails by themselves shouldn’t bother us but it’s the kind of ‘Hammam’ and incestuous club it has created that has destroyed the credibility of MSM. There isn’t one single media house that is clean. All of them protect each other’s crimes. All of them protect each other’s rapes, molestations, corruptions and frauds. There is a reason I fondly call them a “mafia”. The earlier tagline for this blog was “Crooks & Liars in the Indian media are the greatest danger to our democracy”. It’s not the middle and junior, it’s the top rung that is usually corrupt and dangerous. The bottle-neck is always at the top. It is only when it’s too late that some speak out. Most of the media houses are scavenging on the death of Tehelka and are guilty of gross negligence all this while. They’re like a “mafia wife”. But there are some who acted out of courage, some whose voices never reached you earlier, spoke out. Here are two former employees of Tehelka (Video: 6.00 mins):
 
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Revati Lal resigned after the murky handling and cover up attempts by Shoma. It’s a courageous decision. Prithi Sen not only confirms the misdeeds but seems to have been a victim herself and was effectively told ‘put up or shut up’. Prithi must have just decided to leave. Surprisingly, Prithi was on the lesser viewed NewsX channel and not on the other real mafia channels (unless I’ve missed something). Prithi makes a very important point about TT’s fraudulent claim of “consensual sex” as he blames the victim and calls her a liar. She rightly points out that even if, hypothetically, the girl had made the advances it should have been the job of TT to discourage her and ask her to behave. V’s letter to Shoma after the horrible incidents are in the public domain and her account of the sequence of events don’t leave much doubt about who the criminal here is. Tejpal and Shoma don’t seem to realise that they have not only destroyed themselves but the lives and careers of others. Employees had invested their trust, their time and their careers in the hands of TT and Shoma. Tehelka is dead! The innocent ones will have to seek careers elsewhere. I hope they find better ones at better places.

That brings us to the other accomplices to the crimes of Tehelka and the two bosses. These are the ones who claim to have known TT for long and even as a “dear friend”. Here’s the Category5Moron with her story:
Those were Sagarika’s initial tweets after the rape incident became public. Do you really believe she didn’t know what had happened? Seriously, she cries for TT and claims he’s a loving, generous friend and being in the media and ‘gossip-circuit’ heard nothing? Never mind! 

What are first reactions? It wasn’t of any shock or outrage that you would expect from her had such an incident happened in some other event. All that comes out is that she is more sorrowful for Tejpal than for the victim. A bit later (bottom left tweet) she manages to applaud the victim for her courage. Oh and “many of us have suffered, were scared to speak” in the past? Who is us? Has Sagarika suffered? If so, is she referring to her past employers at Outlook or some other outlet? What stops her from speaking now? Inconsolable in her tears, she manages to demonstrate she’s a Royal Bimbo by connecting the “snooping” incident to the rape incident. How moronic can you get? So somehow curse “Modi Bhakts” because her dear friend turned out to be a rapist. She doesn’t fool me by pretending she didn’t know TT’s history. Does she fool you? Here’s Sonia Singh of NDTV:

I haven’t seen Sonia Singh blabbering too much on any topic even if she’s accused of bias being a Congi’s wife. That should never matter in anyone’s consideration of what she says or does. But she goofs up here. I disagree with her contention that publishing the notes of the victim in a paper is the reason why women are scared to come out. Far from that I think the more women speak out and publish the more the fear will dissipate. What Sonia should wonder about is something else. If I recall correctly, she was elevated as the Head of the Ethics Committee of NDTV when the Sunetra Chaudhury incident happened. What did NDTV do? Maybe NDTV did something and got an apology or compensation and settled the issue. We don’t know.

Has Sonia ever asked why when NDTV has a website Sunetra had to write about her humiliation in another newspaper (DNA)? Isn’t that odd? Sunetra also wrote that despite the incident she had to attend a presser of the culprit which quite scared her. It is just that Sunetra didn’t name the crook while in V’s case the name was out on Social Media already. Had it not been for SM TT’s latest would have been buried too. Other than that I don’t see any difference between Sunetra publishing or V’s letter being published. This doesn’t occur to Sonia or others who are making similar comments. I have mentioned in the previous post that maybe if the Sunetra incident had been blown up it could have prevented TT and maybe other crimes. NDTV, therefore, is a moral accomplice to these crimes.

That then brings us to other accomplices who are suddenly discovering Tehelka. All this past decade none in the media asked a simple question: How did Tehelka get so rich? How is it that despite consistent losses TT got so rich? How did he get to buy prized real estate in Goa? How is it that Tehelka was able to get funds for events like THINK and KINK. Nothing of Tehelka’s sales or ad revenues would point to such massive funds. I say KINK because TT is reported to have famously told delegates: They were in Goa “so they could eat, drink, be merry and sleep with whomever you want". Does Goa lend itself to that reputation or is it TT’s personal lifestyle? The fund-grabbing for 2011 included arm-twisting of the then Goa CM Digambar Kamat based on a little help from friend Ahmed Patel. Yeah; the guy who monitors Sonia Gandhi’s happiness and unhappiness meter!

Anant Media is the owner of Tehelka. Here’s what ET reports: For the fiscal ended March 31, 2012, Anant media posted a loss of 10.5 crore, down from a loss of 16 crore the previous year. Royal Building and Infrastructure, the Alchemist group company, extended an unsecured loan of Rs19 crore to Anant Media during the fiscal ended 31 March 2012. KD Singh has been in the news for his brush with the law on two occasions in the recent past. In 2011, he was intercepted at New Delhi airport carrying an unspecified but large amount of cash. He was boarding a flight to Assam, where assembly polls were due and Trinamool Congress was contesting…airport officials allowed him to travel after he identified himself as an employee of the Alchemist group… SEBI barred Alchemist Holdings from accepting deposits from the public. It held that Alchemist Holdings and Alchemist Infra Realty Ltd had together raised more than 1,400 crore in illicit schemes… In 2012, the government had ordered a probe by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office into Alchemist group companies.

So a majority of the investment is from realty companies. They even extend an unsecured loan of 19 crores against accumulated losses of 26 crores in the previous two years to Tehelka. Sound business sense, eh? Of course, we don’t know what the accumulated losses were before that. How does a small rag, tag and bobtail outfit like Tehelka make such losses? Where does the money go? An investigation into the personal finances and assets of TT and Shoma should answer that. A thorough investigation into the personal assets and finances of many media celebs would reveal a lot. This was the company that was broke and had to be resurrected with the intervention of Sonia Gandhi. Hindustan Times narrates a similar story.

Mumbai Mirror goes further into the murky dealings of TT. This includes the sacking of a man who was about to expose a major mining scam in Goa. It seems TT fired him to bargain funds for THINK2011. The Grand Hyatt, where KINK2013 and the rape happened, is reportedly owned by a beneficiary of the suppressed scams. It goes further about TT: “He was also getting a seedy reputation for talking loosely about the sex lives of people he knew and for brushing aside sexual harassment complaints. One of his former colleagues, who quit journalism after an incident in which the Tejpal-Chaudhury duo played a questionable role, remembers the indifference with which he treated her sexual harassment complaint against a colleague who had circulated pictures of her exposed midriff all around the office”. All this corruption and ‘poison-power’ flows from only one fountain: The Congotri of corruption. History hangs on tiny chances. Ask TT to tell you about it someday.

They were all accomplices. One way or another they covered up the crimes and excesses of the beast. After all, which media house doesn’t have similar stories? That Tehelka will die isn’t of much consequence to me. It’s the kind of the third-rate journalism and dishonourable practices it employed that should really die. Excessive corruption, illicit wealth and the wine of ‘69 drives many of our media celebs. I’m naturally reminded of some lines from a song that describes this culture pretty well.

Her mind is Tiffany twisted/ She got the Mercedes bends/ She got a lot of pretty pretty boys/ She calls friends… Mirrors on the ceiling/ Pink champagne on ice/ And she said, “We are all just prisoners here of our own device”/ And in their master’s chambers/ They had gathered for the feast/ They stab it with their steely knives/ But they just can’t kill the beast


37 comments :

  1. PS: The song referred at the end of the post is: Hotel California

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  2. Cheers. You tweet, you write....where do get the time. Hats off to you

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  3. Congotri of Corruption #CorruptCongress

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  4. Well done..!! "Sab ek hi khet ki muli he"

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  5. Ha ha ha ha CONgotri of corruption was the best. brother i wish you have millions of followers, so that people of this country should come to know the truth of MSM

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  6. Shoma Chaudhury's real name is Suparana Chaudhary but i wish it was Surpanaka instead.

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  7. "In our postmodern culture which is TV dominated, image sensitive, and morally vacuous, personality is everything and character is increasingly irrelevant."
    — David F. Wells

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    1. Thankfully that is being reversed by Social Media where 140 characters are highly relevant.

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  8. Dear Ravinar,

    Your query 'Who is us? Has Sagarika suffered?' yes that what she' proudly' declares in the following Face people episode
    http://ibnlive.in.com/cnnibnshow/Face-the-People/435520.html

    Achu

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  9. Goa govt. should make an example out of Tejpal, message should be loud and clear.

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  10. Heard this song more than 100 times and never thought about this song this way :-).

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  11. Bulls eye..!! once again.. !!

    Keep it up sir. _/\_

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  12. Your classification of the sting operations is the best part of this article. It is sad that the third category is described as "Investigative Journalism" by Tehelka types. Its a stain on the words Investigation and Journalism. If this is Investigative Journalism what do we call work done by Arun Shorie, Gurumurthy, Chitra Subramanian et all. They brought out facts in the interest of Public without any of the sleaze. It is possible, but just that it is lots of hardwork.

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    1. sns, what you said is true of Arun Shourie, Gurumurthy Chitra etc. Even our Ravinar is in the same league.
      But the likes of TT & Congress all want Instant riches, Instant Gratification & Orgasm, Instant Power - and all this they achieve by adopting Shortcuts - with no character, no hardwork etc.

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  13. Spot on. Now spinning has already started. TT wants the probe to be taken out of Goa police as he says he does not believe in them. Funny and disgusting to hear this from a person like him.

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  14. Fabulous article whole under world story is summarized

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  15. I really don't know how you could come up with such wonderful stuff - again and again. My most sincere appreciations to you.

    In the mean time, from Sagarika Ghose’s responses, I see lots of mood-swing in her responses - from tears for TT to sympathy for the victim to shock / disbelief. Seriously, these problems are typical for women and she must consult a doctor. If she is already doing that (consulting a doctor), she better ask for change of drugs. May be she could check with Swaha-RG for advise.

    Sometimes I have wondered why God would create someone like Sagarika Ghose. but, after reading her tweets, I hear God tell me, “A lot of people would have committed suicide if she did not keep them amused this way. The life will be damn boring if she was not around”. I totally agree with Him.

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  16. just sang the lyrics loudly in the office staff came running,thanks @mediacrooks this is one of my favorites which my class 9th son knows by heart.

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  17. " Avoiding corporate discipline, factions preferred funding from quarters which, Lord Voldemort-like, must remain unnamed."

    This is an excerpt from Srijana Mitra Das who wrote in todays ToI editorial middle. It is open to conjecture who this 'one who must not be named' might be. The Tehelka issue can snowball into a major purge of many bad systemic things, if the idealistic folks in journalism can step up.

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  18. It seems that Shoma Chaudhury is Managing Editor of brothel..?

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  19. Except for --- " An authorised Law Enforcement agency like the Police or CBI conducts a sting to make inroads into a crime already committed to force evidence." all, repeat ALL STINGS ; should be considered as CRIMES; even if whatever "lofty" purpose they are touted for.
    They should attract a DETERRENT punishment so that nobody does it again !

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  20. Is this not a divine intervention? Entire MSM, entire political spectrum and whole lots of vested interests are after Modi to some how "fix" him. Instead, the fixers are getting fixed.This has started from Hunkar rally in Patna.They wanted to create stampede via IM and then blame Modi for the deaths and then put an end to his rallies elsewhere.But one of the men was caught by RPF, red handed.People stood their ground.Vanzara's letter is gone so is Sanjiv Bhatt's insinuations.And now this great TT. The master of sleaze,caught with his pants down.[ he is apply for anticipatory bail as per news reports] Expect miracles.One more is likely on 8th December.If BJP wins all 4, half of MSM will start singing different tune.

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    1. YADA YADA HI DHARMASYA GLANIRBHAVATI BHARATA
      ABHYUTTANAM ADHARMASYA TADAATMANAAM SRUJAMYAHAM.

      PARITRANAYA SADHOONAAM VINASHAYACHA DUSHKRITAAM
      DHARMA SAMSTHAPANARTHAYA SAMBHAVAAMI YUGE YUGE

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    2. Exactly my thoughts and it started from the Muzzafarbagar Riots with god on his side NAMO NAMAHA....Also Goa CM has TT balls time for him to squeeze..Also Ravi don't feel sad for the smug journo B.....ds from Thehelka who have quit or who will lose their jobs if the damm rag closes especially the curly haired smug b...h I hope they have no jobs and they come beg on the streets cause they are nothing but anti national snakes ....If I cannot put them against a wall and shoot them I can definitely pray for a slow humiliating death.

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    3. Yes, Divine intervention it is and more to come. Sudarshan Chakra is out and Shshupals, Jayadrathas and Kansas are shivering in their boots.

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  21. Now, TT is accusing Goa govt of bias. Does he want the investigation to be done Congi controlled state.? From Now on, I think all the Congi controlled media houses will organise their " shit " events either in Arunachal or in Mizoram as these are the only left congi states they can think they are safe even if they commit heinous crime in the garb of journalism

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  22. We see high society pimps and prostitutes hiding behind the facade of audio-video-print media! Sermonising from high pedestals, we have seen their wormly existence exposed through this famous Tarun Tejpal rape of the young journalist in the ORGY organized by him at Goa. With what face are they going to pontificate any more?

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  23. CNN_IBN,NDTV,Times Now etc supported TT so far, as he also threw his crumbs thrown at him by Madam

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  24. Hindu will perish in their own land As they don't care for the land or culture they inherited. They let Hindu brothers convert to islam, who are now ready to kill non converts .1000 yrs and still fooling them salves all are Bhai Bhai.

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  25. The modern journalistic ethics and standards have really put us down with the faith in the profession at its all time low. However after reading your blog I have once again started to believe firmly that the Pen is definitely stronger than the sword.

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  26. desperate measures part-6 --- November 12, 2013 10:10 PM

    "I have no interest in the funding issue as the post makes it absolutely clear. There is no political party that is clean on funding from Cong to BJP to AAP. There is no big business that is clean on money.."

    then why are you worried about this --

    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

    The Beast's Accomplices

    "So a majority of the investment is from realty companies. They even extend an unsecured loan of 19 crores against accumulated losses of 26 crores in the previous two years to Tehelka. Sound business sense, eh? Of course, we don’t know what the accumulated losses were before that. How does a small rag, tag and bobtail outfit like Tehelka make such losses? Where does the money go? An investigation into the personal finances and assets of TT and Shoma should answer that. A thorough investigation into the personal assets and finances of many media celebs would reveal a lot. This was the company that was broke and had to be resurrected with the intervention of Sonia Gandhi. Hindustan Times narrates a similar story."

    do you think K.D.Singh donated his "clean" money to tehelka? or other media houses running on clean money. what is your idea about the source of this funding? in stock market too, no decent portfolio has ever included any media stock. do you know the reason?

    those who live on 'dirty money' will try to corrupt every organisation with it. especially media.because this is the only tool that can be used to cover up their dirty money. almost every big business houses try to manage politicians,bureaucrats,judiciary,media and investigating agencies.and they don't use 'clean money' for that. they will try to create 'dirty money'. i think no one will disagree on that point but question arises when elected representatives instead of trying to prevent it as much as possible, help them to do that. it is just like buying a gun(start a business) but if you can't get bullets(working capital) it is useless. stop or at least try to minimise generation of 'dirty money' then all those 'guns' will be useless. you can't be selective on this issue.

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    1. @Toofan

      You are a regular reader and commenter so Im a bit surprised at your query. Anyway, the statement "no interest in funding issue" is in the context of "fooling Muslims" and not a BLANKET statement. There are many posts (including ones on HT Summit, IOTY etc. which talk of bogus funding). It is only in the context of Muslim appeasement fight between political parties that I do not consider making "funding" issues a related issue. I use the term "follow the money" quite often but all topics need not to be linked to the money issue (even if parties or components in it involve corruption or bogus funding)

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    2. @ravinar

      First statement surprised me.it was a bit disturbing too. Second one encourages but clearly contradicts the previous one and confused me(typical 'lesser mortal' problem). And at the end, suprised again with a speedy and precise response.

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