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Tribune's Harish Khare shatters the editorial silence over Caravan reportage
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Tribune's Harish Khare shatters the editorial silence over Caravan reportage



Shattering the deafening silence in print and television media over the sensational story carried out by the Caravan magazine regarding the mysterious death of a CBI judge, The Tribune's editor-in-chief Harish Khare today treaded where many of the self-anointed brave men of letters had flinched from stepping.

In his weekly column, Kaffeeklatsch, Khare said the Caravan magazine had "very bravely published a very explosive story” that suggested "some kind of foul play” in the death of judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, before whom the BJP president Amit Shah was an accused.
 

While saying that the magazine did not offer "any clinching proof to back up its story of some kind of hanky-panky business,” Khare conceded that the Caravan had indeed made out a case that the death occurred "under suspicious circumstances.”
 
Noting that most TV channels (with the singular exception of NDTV) "are maintaining radio silence,” Khare came down hard on "all these anchors (who) strut as great investigative voices, asking tough questions, tearing down reputations, making the powerful squirm and sweat.”

While noting that the BJP, which "habitually takes offence at the slightest and vaguest of allegations about its leaders” had not reacted, Khare also pointed out the failure of the Congress on this "very juicy suggestion” and wondered if it was a "tactical retreat.”
 
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"The suggestion of a judicial misconduct is serious business,” Khare said, arguing that "the least that the Supreme Court can do is to haul up The Caravan magazine for the contempt of the judiciary.”  

It is Khare's closing remark that said it all in a way most pithy: "Silence would not do.”

Only last week, Khare had hailed Gulab Kothari, editor-in-chief of the Rajasthan Patrika, for giving a shake down to all media operatives who seemed to have formed a "complacent consensus” of "not tak(ing) panga with the saffron crowd.”
 

Gulab Kothari had boldly taken on the Vasundhara Raje government over a repressive law that seeks to control the media reportage about corruption among bureaucrats and other public servants. 

With his latest references to the Caravan story about Judge Loya, Harish Khare has certainly taken a lead among the country's top newspaper editors in talking about the issue that most of India's so-called free media has virtually buried in some sort of a collective silence.
 
(Illustration: Courtesy The Tribune, credited to Sandeep Joshi)
 

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