“Likha hai, boss. Verbatim”

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Niira Radia and associate Manoj crow about how Vir Sanghvi followed her brief "verbatim".

DATE 20 June 2009 TIME 22:53:23

RADIA: Haan, Manoj

MANOJ: I think it is a good article.

RADIA: It is a good article. I think it gets the message to the audiences we want to get.

MANOJ: Yeah, yeah, yeah, absolutely. I mean a little bit of hit we will also have to take, but primarily…

RADIA: We have to take that, I agree with you

MANOJ: I am just downloading the text, I am cut-pasting it because I have to do some tigdambaaji to it, if you just…

RADIA: Ummmm, okay, rdddda, okay, I can’t see it, not… I can’t see the one person thing, oh yeah, it is one thing for an industrialist to, yeah, yeah...

MANOJ: Yeah, yeah, likha hai boss. Verbatim.

RADIA: Another for [unclear] him to corner our gas, our coal, our spectrum, our iron ore or whatever… (both laughing) Yeah, that’s right.

MANOJ: Yeh sab log samajh jayenge kaun hai iske pichhe karke (Everyone will understand who is behind this).

RADIA: Haan?

MANOJ: All the people whom you have spoken to with the same argument will realise who is behind this article.

For more on this telltale transcript, read ‘This is Not Journalism as We Know It