Tejpal's E-mail: 'Prosecution' rests, time for 'defense'

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Tarun Tejpal
New Delhi, Nov 22: Do not get misguided by the headline. Tarun Tejpal has nothing to say and he has no scope of saying anything. But his mail to the Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury speaks a lot about him.

Apologetic and repenting as it sounds, but does he really meant what he said remains to be seen. Can this be used for his defence, while it seems to be a clear open and shut case? Only time will tell.

Tarun Tejpal's E-mail to Shoma (as per NDTV.com):

My dear Shoma,

The last few days have been most testing, and I squarely take the blame for this. A bad lapse of judgment, an awful misreading of the situation, have led to an unfortunate incident that rails against all we believe in and fight for.

I have already unconditionally apologised for my misconduct to the concerned journalist, but I feel impelled to atone further. Tehelka has been born and built, day on day, with my blood, toil, tears and sweat, and that of many others, against near-insurmountable odds. It has lived for and fought the big battles of our time, always on the side of the oppressed and the wronged, always on the side of equity and justice. Its voice has travelled the world and changed policy and perceptions. It has been a beacon for those who would do the right thing.

Through bad, and worse, times I have protected Tehelka and its journalists from the inevitable demands of power and corporations. I have always allowed every journalist's sense of the right to flower and express itself. No one has ever been asked to do what they don't believe in.

I have always held that Tehelka the institution, and its work, have always been infinitely more important than any of us individuals. It is tragic, therefore, that in a lapse of judgment I have hurt our own high principles. Because it involves Tehelka, and a sterling shared legacy, I feel atonement cannot be just words. I must do the penance that lacerates me. I am therefore offering to recuse myself from the editorship of Tehelka, and from the Tehelka office, for the next six months.

You have always been stellar, Shoma, and even as I apologise to you and all my other colleagues, for this unfortunate incident, I leave Tehelka in your more than capable and safe hands.

In apology,

To this, all we can do is agree by what Taslima Nasreen twitted:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>When poor illiterate men rape, you call it 'heinous crime', when educated elite men rape, you call it 'misconduct'.</p>— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) <a href="https://twitter.com/taslimanasreen/statuses/403772807986675712">November 22, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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