India Today Issues An Apology

October 14, 2010 4:07 pm

Within minutes of posting this story on Aroon Purie’s “lifted” editorial, India Today Corporate Communications left this comment on the story (you can also see it below the original post). The unedited comment (itals are ours):

“There was an unfortunate incident with the Letter from the Editor in the southern edition of India Today’s last issue. This was a mistake. We are printing an apology for it in the southern edition. Here is a preview for your information.

‘Jet lag is clearly injurious to the health of journalism. I was in America, and still a bit bleary-eyed and sleep-deprived when we took an unusual decision: to split the cover. This is jargon for changing the cover for some editions; so while the content of the magazine remained the same worldwide, the cover that went to our readers in south India had displayed the phenomenal Rajinikanth, while our other readers saw Omar Abdullah on the cover. This meant writing two versions of ‘Letter from the Editor’. Not being an acknowledged expert on the delightful southern superstar, I asked Delhi for some inputs. Unfortunately, a couple of sentences lifted from another article were sent to me. An excuse is not an explanation. So, without any reservations, mea culpa. Apologies.’”

India Today Group Corporate Communication

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