In the ongoing exposé of sexual deviants in media, an elite journalist has now been accused of promoting people for sexual favors and indulging in sexual harassment. Sidharth Bhatia, co founder of the notorious left liberal mouthpiece The Wire, has been accused by some of his ex employees of sexual harassment.
It all began when one Rituparna Chatterjee expressed her concern on the spate of cases rising under the #MeToo banner, to which Reema Sanyal, another Twitter user replied as follows:
— Bharti Shukla (@right2livelife) October 7, 2018
This triggered a spate of accusations against The Wire co-founder Sidharth Bhatia, and matters turned when his account actually liked one of the tweets, allegedly crossing all levels of shamelessness:
How many inboxes must be filled with Feminist Liberal Uncle, The Wire founder, @bombaywallah's literary pleadings to bed young colleagues? Should we expose him, too? @neetakolhatkar @ranjona @TheRestlessQuil @rishibagree @seemantinibose
— Reema Sanyal (@domeofthedevil) October 7, 2018
Oh @TheWire founder @bombaywallah also accused of molestation? The dirt has reached right at the doorstep of left-liberals. Is this why feminists who otherwise pretend to be woke are now quiet? Ideology>Feminism? https://t.co/HYW9O36ose
— Monica (@TrulyMonica) October 7, 2018
Curiously, Mr. Sidharth Bhatia, like the previous mentioned cases of ‘woke male feminists’, has also allegedly championed the cause of women empowerment. He criticized the Bollywood fraternity for not being open to such cases once.
However, if we’re anything to go by his recent tweets, his own tweets now stand exposed as the epitome of hypocrisy. One Twitter user, who goes by the name of @theKunwarKhan, reminded him of his own stance with a long thread of Sidharth Bhatia’s own tweets from the past, as follows:
— Khan (@TheKunwarKhan) October 7, 2018
If the allegations are true, Sidharth Bhatia and The Wire stand in deep trouble now. They left no stone unturned in maligning the government for some fame, and they used to preach a lot on woman empowerment. Their agenda wasn’t anyway different than that of offenders like Utsav Chakraborty, The Quint reporter Meghnad Bose, or even people like Anurag Verma. Double standards much?
It looks as if fortunes have turned upside down for The Wire. The other co founders are already embroiled in legal cases for having labeled fake allegations against the likes of Jay Shah, Ajit Doval, Piyush Goyal and has heralded a new phase of yellow journalism. Now that Sidharth Bhatia is accused of sexual harassment, it is unlikely that The Wire shall be able to escape the mess unscathed. The clock is now ticking, and fast for The Wire. Notably, unlike the previous ones who had been outed and promptly went offline, Sidharth Bhatia is still active on twitter and has neither confirmed nor denied the allegations.
However, in another striking moment of tone-deafness, The Wire’s Vinod Dua was discussing ‘sexual harassment’ in his often misleading vide blog ‘Jan Gan Man ki Baat.’
The media platform has often been mired in controversy whether because of another co-founder’s wife’s alleged Naxal connections or their often misleading or downright incorrect reportage. Of late, it has become an umbrella organization for pushing anti-Modi agenda irrespective of journalistic integrity. One sincerely hopes that the allegations against its co-founder would be thoroughly investigated and not brushed under the carpet.
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