Our official response to Tehelka‘s piece, published as a counterpoint in the magazine’s May 1 issue. Excerpt:
TEHELKA ranted that the “vocabulary and context for rock criticism does not exist in India”. When was the last time an editor commissioned an investigation into this counterculture? And when did a reporter do some legwork to unearth India’s underground music scene? MTV and Channel [V] don’t care for indie acts. Rolling Stone India, which has never devoted a cover to an Indian band, promotes tribute concerts to Dire Straits. Mint interpreted a stray success as the resurgence of rock. TEHELKA got it half right — the Indian rock scene barely exists. But the jeremiad fell foul of the real reasons.
Read the whole thing here