Tag Archives: Tehelka

Nakkheeran journo denies wife worked for Radia

When the central bureau of investigation (CBI) raided the offices and residences of disgraced telecom minister A. Raja‘s associates in mid-December, ostensibly to get to the bottom of the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Nakkheeran journalist A. Kamaraj found himself smack bang in the middle of a Tehelka story. The latest issue of the magazine carries…

After the Radia tapes, the B. Raman letters!

The Barkha Dutt kerfuffle has sparked an amusing sideshow, featuring a quick-on-the-draw strategic affairs specialist and the editor of  a soon-to-be launched financial newspaper. B. Raman, a former additional secretary of Research & Analysis Wing, who currently heads the quaintly named “Institute For Topical Studies in Madras, wrote a 12-point defence of Barkha Dutt last…

Bangalore journos named in site allotment scam

It’s raining scams across the country—and the media is increasingly getting caught in the downpour with its pants down. In just the last few weeks, newspapers, magazines and TV stations have stood accused of conflict of interest, outright plagiarism, questionable business practices, and equally questionable journalistic practices. In the backdrop of the Adarsh scam in…

‘Tehelka’ walks away with IPI award for 2010

Tehelka magazine has won the International Press Institute (IPI) India award for excellence in journalism for 2010, for its expose of the killing of a Manipur resident, Chongkam Sanjit, in cold blood by the northeastern State’s commandos. The report, by then correspondent Teresa Rehman, prompted a central bureau of investigation (CBI) investigation, which went on…

‘Media houses are sitting on plots leased at Re 1’

The BJP general secretary and member of Parliament, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in an interview with Kunal Majumder of Tehelka magazine: Q: [Maharashtra chief minister] Ashok Chavan has resigned after corruption charges. Will Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa follow suit? A: Irregularities in housing societies are nothing new. The Adarsh Society scam shocked the nation because…

Ambani book review, a response and a riposte

Its original avatar,The Polyester Prince, failed to see the light of day after injunctions were secured against its release in several cities. Now, an updated version of Sydney Morning Herald journalist Hamish McDonald‘s book on the Ambanis has surprisingly hit the stands under a new title, Ambani & Sons. Shantanu Guha-Ray, the business editor of…

Tarun J. Tejpal on the five facets of his life

Tarun J. Tejpal, editor of Tehelka, in Hi! Blitz, the in-flight journal of Kingfisher airlines: On his father, an army officer: “He gave us an idea of the big world. It was a routine to discuss world history and affairs at the dinner table. When I was seven, I knew the names of secretary-generals of…

Paparazzi pic of Bollywood babe sans makeup

If Indian journalism is uniformly second-rate, you ain’t seen nothing yet, Aakarbhai. Let Kanchan Gupta of The Pioneer tell you a story: “The popular Gujarati newspaper Sandesh had an interesting story about aspiring journalists who appeared for this year’s entrance test for the media course offered by Saurashtra University. “I have no idea about the…

‘Tehelka’ announces its school of journalism

The Times of India, The Indian Express, Malayala Manorama, The Pioneer, Aaj Tak, NDTV… all have set up journalism schools. Now, Tehelka joins the club. Also read: Outlook magazine ranking of top-10 J-schools-2010 Hindustan Times‘ ranking of top-10 J-schools—2010 Hindustan Times‘ ranking of top-10 J-schools—2008

Entries invited for Best Article Competition 2010

PRESS RELEASE: The Press Institute of India (PII), in association with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is inviting entries for the “3rd PII-ICRC Best Article Competition 2010”. “If you think you have written and published an interesting article on humanitarian issues linked to a situation of armed violence, please do send a…

Behind every news story, there is a back story

Lobbyists, who in another age would have been called brokers, fixers, middle men, etc, are the flavour of the month this summer in Delhi with the (official) tapping of phones of top lobbyist Neera Radia aka Niira Radia allegedly revealing the names of two prominent media personalities. Ergo: a panel discussion. Also read: The TV…

‘Baal ki khaal.’ ‘Dus hazaar tadtadate toofan.’

The world’s most underworked, overexposed reporter with an accountant who doesn’t question his expenses and with a boss who never phones in the middle of the night—Tintin—is now reporting in Hindi. Tehelka magazine reports that an Indian publisher “vexed by the isolation of Hindi-speaking readers from Tintin’s adventures” has obtained the rights to translate his…

Look, who is also in the IPL racket? An editor!

In his story on the burgeoning scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Shantanu Guha-Ray, the business editor of Tehelka magazine, casually reveals how “the editor of a major Indian media house whose son had recently come under the radar of corporate intelligence bodies, is also trying to get into the IPL franchise racket.” Image:…

How Congress regime stepped in to help Tehelka

The Indian Express has got hold of 82 pieces of correspondence between prime minister Manmohan Singh and the president of the Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, after the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government came to power in May 2004, using the Right to Information (RTI) Act. One of the first letters between the head of the…

Gandhian activism, fiery journalism & cocktails!

If Medha Patkar was the “box item” girl of the Narmada anti-dam saga, Himanshu Kumar is fast emerging as the poster boy in the Maoism story. No newspaper, magazine or television article on “the gravest threat to internal security” is complete without a mention of (or quote from) Kumar, whose non-governmental organisation Vanvasi Chetna Ashram…

Sanskriti Awards for Teresa Rehman, Bahar Dutt

Two young journalists, Teresa Rehman (left) of Tehelka and Bahar Dutt of CNN-IBN, are among five winners of the Sanskriti Awards for 2009. Now in its 30th year, the Sanskriti Awards are given to young talents between 25 and 35 years of age, and will be presented in New Delhi on Novemebr 20, according to…

Arun Shourie: ‘Intolerant. Abusive. Dictatorial.’

Shoma Chaudhury, the executive editor of Tehelka, does a much-required re-examination of Arun Shourie, the former editor of the Indian Express, who occupies an “adumbral position between liberal knight, self-righteous crusader and unselfconscious fascist”, in the context of a recent interview with his protege, Shekhar Gupta. “Shourie joined the Indian Express as executive editor in…

Prisoners without a name, cells without a number

Outlook special correspondent Amba Batra Bakshi and Indian Express principal photographer Renuka Puri join hands to bring home the life and lives of the women behind the walls of the largest complex of prisons in South Asia, Tihar. *Also read: Prisoner without a name, cell without a number Tehelka: Hard time tales Business Standard: Life…

An example to emulate for Indian journalists

Not too many working Indian journalists are in the book-writing habit. At least not in English. Pesky bosses who don’t give leave from work, the effort involved in finding a publisher, the commitment entailed in pursuing a different form of writing, not to speak of the fear of failure, etc, all play a contributing part.…

The face behind a famous byline behind an Award

Indian media advertisements are largely anonymous. When a newspaper touts its circulation or a television station toots its own horn, or a staffer wins any of the many awards, the ads are mostly built around the organisations. If there has to be a face, it is usually of the founder or promoter or some pumped-up…