With reference to my article titled “Spy Vs Spy: The Anti-Climax” I am reproducing below a strongly-worded, hard-hitting and even insulting letter received by me from a distinguished print media journalist for whom I have a lot of regards and affection and my reply to him:
I know you will probably ignore this message and send it to the bin. But I wonder what you meant by "Barkha's people"?
At a time when she did great harm to the credibility of our profession, you defended her stoutly. You tweeted angrily, wrote sharp letters to Prem Shankar Jha and admirably held on to your position.
Now you use her name to condemn all of us into a single stereotype, falling for each one of them.
The Radia Tapes exposed the under belly of journalism. You didn't find abutting wrong in them. But you choose to constantly take cheap pot shots and speak derisively of journalists every chance you get.
If you feel so strongly about journalists, why do you use the rediff or Outlook platforms so extensively? Isn't that a form of moral dishonesty?
Thanks. I never ignore messages & reading material. I read your message too with great interest. My article is not a criticism of anybody. It is a satire including of my own profession. I have never used any journalistic platform. I write only for my blog and for web sites of SAAG and Chennai Centre for China Studies. People take from there. Some ack and pay. Rediff regularly pays. Outlook and Pioneer have never paid a single paise since they started using my pieces in 2000. I have never asked them either. TOI and HT ask me to write twice or thrice a year and pay me without fail sans my asking for it. I write not for publicity or money, but to share my thoughts with others. I have about 20,000 regular readers in SAAG.I write to share my thoughts with them.
I have always been a great admirer of Barkha and a critic too when warranted. I continue to be her great admirer and hold her in high esteem. This article was not a criticism of Barkha. I used her Tweets as a peg to focus on the way the media reacts to such cases. Take care. Raman