Doing a Google Search on Arindam Chaudhuri is a tad ironic, especially after the news just went viral that he’s suing the search engine for Rs. 50 crores for: “Publishing, distributing, giving coverage, circulating, blogging the defamatory, libelous and slanderous articles!”
And what are these so-called articles? Well, The Caravan, a magazine from Delhi published an article in their February 2011 issue called “The Sweet Smell Of Success: How Arindam Chaudhuri Made a Fortune Off the Aspirations – and Insecurities – of India’s Middle Classes!” It was written by Siddhartha Deb, who is also being sued.
Needless to add, it wasn’t flowery, complimentary and glowing in it’s opinion of him. Instead, it took a rather critical approach towards his foray into film direction, his image and his controversial Indian Institute of Planning & Management (IIPM). A search on Google throws-up a number of blogs and websites which accuse the institution and it’s Head, of fraud.
So while he may go ahead and justifiably (?) sue the publishers for printing uncomplimentary things that caused him “grave harassment and injury,” he has also decided to sue Google – (Ok! I can’t stop laughing as I type this out) – for “publishing, distributing, giving coverage, circulating, blogging the defamatory, libelous and slanderous articles.”
By virtue of this fact, Arindam should sue the entire internet and other search engines for “distributing” and “circulating” such articles. So let’s hope he does not sue Me or MissMalini after this blog post!
According to The Caravan website, they are going hammer-and-tongs to fight the case.
Read more from The Caravan here.