The Think festival was organised in Goa and it marked the pinnacle of
Tejpal’s success as the Great Communicator, one of the most powerful people in the country.
As the mythologist Devdutt Pattnaik would have warned where there is Lakshmi there is also Alakshmi= be aware.
Tejpal attempted to rape a young woman-is it something he has probably done with impunity in the past and got away with?
That could be the only reason he had the confidence to try in the lift of a hotel. The woman complained and asked for
a complaints committee under the Vishaka guidelines to be set up, the details of her mail somehow got leaked to social media
and it was curtains for Tejpal-we hope.
But he is a powerful, well connected man. Even Javed Akhtar condoned him for his “guts” when he issued an apology admitting that he had tried to force himself on the young woman. I wonder if he will every be punished?
Nivedita Menon wrote a stirring piece on Kafila which sees this incident in the context of the reality of sexualised workplaces and predatory men across a range of professions (http://kafila.org/2013/11/21/sexualized-workplaces-predatory-men-and-the-rage-of-women/) Raksha Kumar asks if powerful editors can get away with sexual harassment http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/19698/tehelka-controversy-can-powerful-editors-get-away-with-sexual-harassment/ and Shampa wrote an incisive and detailed piece on the issue in this week’s Sunday Standard.
I know there is a gender bias in my selection of pieces I read and agreed with. I am sure there are men out there who believe we are blowing things out of proportion. I wish they would speak up and debate.discuss. argue rather than mouth feminsim and practise sexual violence like Tarun Tejpal/