Tehelka does the plagiarism thing

Comic Con India generated a good amount of interest in the Indian comic book industry, its patrons, its pillars and its potential. But the downside of such attention is that, in typical MSM fashion, when something becomes mediaworthy, EVERYONE must have a piece of it. And if they can’t, they will invent one. Tehelka’s report on the Comic Con is a case in point. The article is fairly expansive, seeming to imply depth and credibility, but as one reads, one finds that the experience was perhaps manufactured. Take this obvious case of plagiarism for example. On February 17, 2011, the Pakistan’s The Express Tribune published this opinion piece by Zarrar Khuhro regarding the need for a comics culture in Pakistan. Here’s paragraph 6 from that article:
What’s even worse is that Indian comics deal with local issues and themes. This isn’t just turning Spider-Man into ‘Makarman’ or Wonder Woman into ‘Ajooba Aurat.’ Their heroes tackle corrupt politicians and battle the Mumbai attackers while using powers right out of Hindu Mythology.
Tehelka’s February 22 piece mysteriously titled: The black and white world of colour in comics has the following as paragraph 12:
The reason behind this revival of interest is customisation. Indian comics deal with local issues and themes. It is not just turning Spider-Man into Makarman or Wonder Woman into Ajooba Aurat. Indian superheroes tackle corrupt politicians and battle Mumbai attackers using powers straight out of Hindu mythologies.
Indian journalists have been known to blame jet lag for lifting text off other sources and pasting them as it is in magazine editorials, so this does not really come as a surprise. But then towards the end of the article, the reporter goes one step further and invents an encounter with writer Samit Basu.
Samit Basu, author of Simoqin Prophecies and Turbulence said, “These days, an average comic costs about Rs 500. With increasing public appreciation and interest, people are not hesitant to pay more. If you are a film buff and a vintage poster was available, you would save up to buy it, right?”
On his Twitter page, @samitbasu tweets that he did not meet or talk to anyone from Tehelka regarding comics. He also speaks of things like this having happened previously.