- Sunil Rajguru
1. The Tehelka scandal.
This had many sound bites, but the two that stand out are...
Tarun will be recusing himself as the editor of Tehelka for the next six months.
— Tehelka Editor Shoma Chaudhury.
I must do the penance that lacerates me.
— Tehelka head honcho Tarun Tejpal.
These two quotes capture the essence of the scandal. For one it shows the arrogance of the elite Delhi cocktail circuit,for who else uses words like "recuse" and "lacerate" over a rape allegation?
It further shows how drunk on power Tejpal was that he thought rape could be atoned by going on a 6-month paid vacation and Shoma gave her stamp of approval to the above misdeed.
Men rape because they are powerful and don’t think they can ever get caught while women shamelessly (even if they claim to be staunch feminists) join in the cover up.