Tag Archives: Tehelka

‘TV news full of non-issues. So, we don’t think’

S.M.A. Kazmi, the Urdu and Persian journalist arrested in February 2012 for his alleged involvement in the attack on an Israeli embassy vehicle, and released on bail eight months later, is set to launch an Urdu daily titled Quami Salamati (national security). In an interview in the latest issue of Tehelka magazine, Kazmi answers what…

Thankfully, TOI calls S.M.A Kazmi a journalist

S. M. A. Kazmi, the Urdu and Persian language journalist arrested in March this year for his alleged involvement in the attack on the car of an Israeli embassy official in New Delhi in February, has been ordered by the Supreme Court of India to be released after seven long months in custody. Not surprisingly,…

Tarun Sehrawat: 22, and killed in the line of duty

sans serif records with regret the passing away of Tehelka photographer Tarun Sehrawat after contracting malaria while working on a story in the Maoist-controlled areas of Chhattisgarh. He was 22 years old. *** The Hindu‘s Aman Sethi pays tribute: “Today, when one of our own has been irrevocably lost, I feel we — as reporters,…

Swamy and his media friends (and enemies)

In the latest issue of Tehelka magazine, Ashok Malik has a profile of the “irrepressible” Subramanian Swamy, the maverick economist-politician behind the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The profile is occasioned by Harvard University’s recent decision to not renew Swamy’s teaching contract for a venomous column in DNA in July on “How to wipe out Islamic…

Vir Sanghvi says his HT column will resume soon

After gripping the nation’s attention for nearly a year, the Niira Radia tapes that brought the politics-business-media nexus into sharp focus, is now on a slow but screechy rewind. The lobbyist Radia has shut shop; arrested politicians (Kanimozhi) are on the way out of jail; the corporate bosses and business executives have secured bail; the…

2011 Sanskriti Award for Tehelka’s Rana Ayyub

Rana Ayyub, a Bombay-based assistant editor with Tehelka magazine, is among the five recipients of this year’s Sanskriti Awards. The awards were presented in New Delhi on Friday, November 18. In her seven-year career in journalism, Rana, 28, a postgraduate in social communications media, has reported from the naxal hotbeds and the warlands of the…

NYT, WSJ weigh in on Tehelka’s Goa controversy

The controversy surrounding Tehelka magazine’s Goa conference, ThinkFest, had so far been largely confined to sections of blogosphere, which used an editorial page piece in Hindustan Times by the theatreperson Hartman de Souza, and Tehelka editor Tarun J. Tejpal‘s response to it, as a trigger. Only Deccan Herald among the large English dailies gave any…

Tarun Tejpal: Haven’t violated or bent any rules

Although he wasn’t named in the original piece by Hartman de Souza in the Hindustan Times, Tarun J. Tejpal, the editor of Tehelka, offers a spirited defence in today’s paper on the alleged irregularities in his under-construction house in Goa: “When I tell him [Hartman de Souza] the reporter he has cited was asked to…

A magazine, a scam, an owner & his Goan house

Be it the Commonwealth Games scam, the 2G spectrum allocation scam, or the demolition of Team Anna, it is increasingly clear that sections of the media are eagerly running with the wolves and hunting with the hounds. In State after State, in story after story, media houses, owners and professionals are turning out to be…

Aman Sethi bags Red Cross journalism prize

Aman Sethi, The Hindu‘s correspondent in Chhattisgarh, has bagged the international red cross committee’s award for best print media article on humanitarian issues, for his March 2011 piece on homes and granaries that were torched by police commandos in three villages in the Naxal heartland. Tehelka ‘s Umar Baba took the second place, while the…

Express, NDTV, Tehelka, HT & the Bhushans

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from New Delhi: Three weeks ago, Tehelka magazine ran a profile on the father and son lawyer-pair, Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, who are on the Lokpal drafting committee. Authored by Rohini Mohan, the piece inter alia repeated the canard that had been artfully spread about the Bhushans: that they had been…

What Niira Radia told PAC on Barkha Dutt chat

The 21-member public accounts committee (PAC), which probed the 2G spectrum allocation scam and finalised its draft report in a hurry, has gone into a tailspin with the draft report being rejected 11-10 and the Congress members charging the chairman, Murli Manohar Joshi, of leaking the report. Tehelka magazine has put up the PAC draft…

Financial World arrives without the usual bluster

The Financial World, the business daily from the Tehelka stable, has made a quiet appearance on the stands, just three months after it seemed all but over for the newspaper promoted by the controversial entrepreneur and parliamentarian, K.D. Singh. The 16-page, two-edition broadsheet hit the stands in New Delhi and Singh’s hometown, Chandigarh, on Monday,…

Tehelka promoter’s woes just don’t seem to end

K.D. Singh, the controversial promoter behind Tehelka magazine and its shelved Financial World newspaper project, is once again in the news—for the wrong reasons. Already under a shadow after allegedly buying his way into Parliament last June, and after being stopped at Delhi airport with Rs 57 lakh cash last month, India Today magazine reports…

‘No one can destroy Ramnath Goenka’s Express’

In which, Prabhu Chawla, the new editorial director of the South-based The New Indian Express, tackles readers’ queries on the media and the launch of The Sunday Standard from Delhi, with trademark frankness. Vol I. No.IV. *** Q: How much did Jayalalitha and her associates pay to get paid news published in your daily? Not…

Moneybag MP says he didn’t turn off FW tap

For more than two months now, media tongues have wagged merrily as to why Financial World, the new business daily from the Tehelka stable, didn’t see the light of day. With established players like Economic Times and Business Standard ramping up their offerings, did the publishers see the writing on the wall? Did the promoters…

Chameli Devi Award for hounded Tehelka journo

Shahina K.K., a former reporter for Tehelka magazine, has bagged the 2010 Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding woman mediaperson. Shahina was in the news late last year after Karnataka police charged her with intimidating witnesses in the Bangalore blasts case. This followed her report in Tehelka questioning the incarceration of Abdul Nasar Madani in…

Shoma Chaudhury in ‘150 most powerful’ list

Shoma Chaudhury, managing editor and one of the promoters of the weekly magazine Tehelka, has been named among the “150 Women Who Shake the World” in the re-launch issue of the American newsweekly, Newsweek. “Champions women in India’s celebrated newsmagazine Tehelka,” is the seven-word caption for Chaudhury. Newsweek has been relaunched this week under Tina…

‘Bollywood journalism is about PR & pimping’

Nandita Puri, journalist and wife of actor Om Puri, in an interview in Tehelka magazine: Q: What are the biggest problems in Bollywood journalism today? A: Bollywood journalism is about PR and pimping. Of course, stars have glamours personal lives everyone wants to know about, but now that has become the core of film reportage.…

Note to directors: It was Shammy not Barkha

No One Killed Jessica? Well, someone ‘killed’ Harinder Baweja. Raj Kumar Gupta, the director of last weekend’s multiplex marvel—in which Rani Mukherji essays the role of a single, bitchy, aggressive, passionate, foul-mouthed, investigative journalist probing the murder of the model Jessica Lal at a Delhi bar—may have made the world believe that his ‘wet dream’…