Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Barkha Dutt strips

I’m so afraid of being sued by Ms. Dutt, I can’t stop shivering. Which is why I’m writing a headline that may have several meanings. One of which could be that she reveals her inner self. No legal problems here.

Also, I am NOT accusing Barkha of doing anything unethical. I’m not saying she’s inhuman. I do not intend to say she’s a blot on the name of journalism. And I definitely don’t think she ought to have her head examined.

Now I’m simply pasting the unconditional apology of a blogger, after retracting his post on NDTV and Ms. Dutt. I’m perfectly within my legal rights, I think.

I don’t even want you take the effort of clicking the link.

Unconditional Withdrawal of my post "Shoddy Journalism" dated November 27th 2008

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 at 00:00Chyetanya Kunte • Filed under Uncategorized

  1. I, Chyetanya Kunte, hereby tender an unconditional apology to Ms. Barkha Dutt, Managing Editor, English News, NDTV Limited and to NDTV Limited, for the defamatory statements I made regarding Ms. Barkha Dutt and NDTV Limited, in my post titled "Shoddy Journalism," dated November 27th 2008, on my weblog at
  2. I have come to the conclusion that my post contained untrue and defamatory statements and that I have expressed myself in a disproportional manner. As a result, I have agreed with Ms. Barkha Dutt and NDTV to publish this statement as a means of settlement. I did not have the right nor the factual evidence to accuse Ms. Dutt and NDTV of the acts that I alleged in my weblog.
  3. Consequently, I hereby repudiate and withdraw my post dated November 27, 2008 titled "Shoddy Journalism" and, more specifically, the following allegations / statements made in the post titled "Shoddy Journalism" namely:
    • a lack of ethics, responsibility and professionalism by Ms. Dutt and NDTV Limited;
    • that Ms. Dutt and NDTV's reporting at the scene of the Mumbai attacks during November 2008, resulted in jeopardizing the safety and lives of civilians and / or security personnel caught up in and / or involved in defending against the attacks in Mumbai in November 2008;
    • that Ms. Dutt was responsible for the death of Indian Servicemen during the Kargil Conflict.
  4. In an effort to remedy the damage that my aforementioned weblog post has caused to the reputations of Ms. Dutt and NDTV, I have undertaken to send this apology and withdrawal statement to all the websites that reproduced my post.
  5. I hereby undertake not to repeat the said statements or similar statements against Ms. Dutt or NDTV Limited in the future.


Chyetanya Kunte

Now I’m doing another perfectly legal thing by putting up the link to this apology.

And this link to the original article, thanks to google cache



zenub said...

Im proud of u mads. Who says we r living in a democratic country and dat we have a freedom of speech. What kind of arm twisting must have happened to get him to appologise. Its insane. Well written and reacted.

Trailblazer said...

Ha ha. Wonderful. The headline could truly have many meanings.

Jeba Singh Emmanuel said...

Well, what she did was nothing less than bullying. But I was happy with the blogosphere's reaction to the event. There was no abusive language and the collective indignation was respectfully, if sarcastically poured out. And most people stayed on the subject at hand instead of taking cheap shots. So much so that I was getting to hate the bullies.
So finally I get to your blog and find you picking on her as a woman. Way to go man! Way to go! You just made me sympathize with her.

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