The only time I listened to Tarun Tejpal speaking in public was when he was the chief guest on the occasion of the Annual Day in my school five or six years ago. I loved his speech. He spoke on the importance of courage, courage to question what’s wrong. It was an inspiring speech, a really motivating one. It came from genuine convictions.
Tejpal’s magazine, Tehelka, has always reflected that courage. The magazine has been questioning a lot of wrong things in Indian politics. Tejpal had the courage to attack formidable leaders like Narendra Modi. He brought convincing arguments and evidences against people like Modi. I have a fair share of admiration for this person called Tarun Tejpal.
The scandal that has erupted is being blown out of proportion, I think. The media loves to report about the sexual fallibility of people who have some reputation. It’s true that Tejpal slipped; he did make a mistake. He admits it. See his letter to the woman concerned:
I think the letter reveals Tejpal’s characteristic courage. He acknowledges his error and asks for forgiveness. I don’t know if what Tejpal has said in his letter is the entire truth regarding the matter. If it is, I would like to see a happy ending to this affair. Sex scandals are really boring affairs, all the more so when they are magnified.