How Tarun Tejpal implicated himself in his own words

(First published in Kafila under the headline, ‘Let’s be fair to Tarun Tejpal. Let us listen to his side of the story’ on 2 April 2014.) 

A number of people are saying that Tarun Tejpal has been held guilty and convicted by a media trial. They are saying that the media and public have both chosen to not hear “the other side of the story”. Continue reading “How Tarun Tejpal implicated himself in his own words”

Why the ‘CCTV footage’ defence of Tarun Tejpal is bogus

(First published in Scroll on 2 April 2014 under the headline ‘Six ways of looking at the Tarun Tejpal tapes’)

Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon depicts the same incident from the perspective of four people. All the versions are different – and all four seem believable. In the case of the Tarun Tejpal CCTV footage, we have at least six versions of what the tapes in the hotel lobby are said to depict. Continue reading “Why the ‘CCTV footage’ defence of Tarun Tejpal is bogus”

Tarun Tejpal’s spin doctors are trying to present him as victim rather than perpetrator

(First published in Kafila and Outlookindia.com on December 2013.)

Unlike Justice (Retd.) Ashok Kumar Ganguly, Tarun Tejpal’s defenders cannot cry innocence given that Tejpal has confessed to his crime, albeit disputing the degree of it. He has even confessed having told his colleague that suffering the sexual assault was the “easiest way of keeping your job”. Even his two decades old comrade Shoma Choudhury is unable to defend him beyond saying that he has two versions. Never mind Tejpal’s ludicrous retractions. Continue reading “Tarun Tejpal’s spin doctors are trying to present him as victim rather than perpetrator”