Is there a way one can distinguish a free and vibrant press from certain flagrant elements who masquerade as journalists to further their politico-criminal agenda of destabilising elected governments? If one looks back at the major controversies which have stalked Indian politics during the past four years of the BJP-led coalition, the dividing line is indeed blurred. A section of the media, uncomfortable with the reality of the BJP being returned to power, has been busy distorting facts and inventing incidents to give the party a bad name. If, in the process, truth became a casualty, ruining some innocent reputations and blackening India's name in the comity of nations, the media couldn't care less.
One such 'exposé' was by tehelka.com. It shook the government and rocked the country, dramatising 'corruption' in the higher echelons of the army and political leadership. But till date we don't know whether the tape that destroyed several reputations and took the country by a storm was genuine or had been doctored. Tehelka has successfully fought all efforts by its victims to put the tape under forensic scrutiny. However, a recent incident of poaching on the Uttaranchal-UP border has once again drawn attention to the website's questionable modus operandi. In the defence deals story, Tehelka poached on reputations through call-girls. Now it's found mixed up with professional poachers.