19 September, 2020

Delhi Diary

Tarun has committed a horrific blunder and com­pounded it with clumsy efforts to vilify the victim.

Delhi Diary
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Tarun Tejpal was my deputy at Outlook for nearly six years. Professionally, his contribution to the magazine was immense. A few years down, he brought in Shoma Chaudhury. Last week, on a frenzied Arnab Goswami programme, I was shouted down bec­a­use I had the temerity to say “I like Tarun”. All hell broke loose. When I tried to read an SMS Tarun had sent me earlier in the day, the outrage intensified. I was lucky to escape in one piece.

To say I do not endorse Tarun’s conduct would make me sound like a lunatic. How can I, even tan­­gentially, defend sexual molestation? Tarun has committed a horrific blunder and com­pounded it with clumsy efforts to vilify the victim. Atonement is not a personal matter when the charge is attempt to rape. With the start of the legal process, a quick court verdict should conclude...

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