Quote of the week: former IPCC head Pachauris emails could be a whole new potboiler novel
By Anthony Watts
From the hot climate made him do it department comes this report from Donna LaFramboise on the “hacker generated” emails allegedly not from former IPCC head Rajenda Pachauri. You might need a bath after you read some of these.
An online Indian news source has published a collection of electronic messages allegedly sent by Pachauri to this unnamed 29-year-old woman. They now form part of a police document known as a First Information Report (FIR). The online version of these messages is difficult to read, so Ive cut-and-pasted the text, added some formatting, and produced a 23-page PDF available here.
Pachauri, the recently resigned chairman of the UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has PR flaks and a legal team. What is his version of events? Heres a quote from a Reuters news story:
[Pachauris] lawyers have said his computer and mobile phone were hacked and that vested interests were maligning him because of his outspoken stand on global warming.
Shadowy, nefarious interests are out to get him, so they hacked his electronic devices to make him look bad. Nice try, but few people who examine firsthand the text messages and’e-mails Pachauri says are fake are likely to believe that.
…Pachauri is apparently the kind of boss who not only expresses opinions about whether his subordinates should go to the gym, hes the sort who tells female employees:
I am yours for life and will always be yours, even when someone else enters your life.
And you have hurt me so often by being inconsistently cold on so many occasions. Not letting me touch you, even though I have always treated your body with reverence and as sacred. Perhaps, you regard a physical relationship as a matter of expediency and convenience. Well I dont, and certainly not with your body which I worship, as you should have found out by not. Even when I grabbed you body I had my left hand over your right breast. Did I make even the slightest attempt to hold it in my hand or fondle you there? [typos in original, p. 6, line 180+]
Hes a prize, all right. In a few lines, he criticizes her for trying to fend him off, implies that she must be a slut since she objects to his reverent embrace, and argues that hes virtuous because he didnt take as many liberties as he might have.
As the Shub Niggurath blog observed yesterday, this sordid saga took a vicious turn in December 2014. Not wanting to sit beside him on a plane one more time, this young woman attempted to sit on her own in economy class. Pachauri allegedly responded with an’e-mail that reads in part:
you should reflect on the massive insult you heaped on me by indicating that I was so toxic that you would prefer not to sit next to me on the plane. If that be the case there is no room for any interaction between us To me that act of yours represented the ultimate in haughtiness, arrogance and insulting behaviour. If you had any human sensitivity you would have realised what you have done, and possibly apologised.
You are welcome to remain a paid guest of TERI. I really would not burden you with any work in future. [p.20, line 754+]
Ive read all of these electronic messages twice. They tell the story of a young woman who, following months of valiant struggle, perseverance, and vast patience effectively loses her job because she wont let her boss grope her.
At the end of the police document, the complainant sums up her overall experience:
Whenever I had to travel with Dr. Pachauri for work, he would use the opportunity to constantly say vulgar and demeaning things to me. Whenever I sat next to him on the flight, he would try to hold my hand and tell me how much he loved me. If I ever spoke to any other male colleague, he would remark that I was going to sleep with him. I made repeated requests and pleas to Dr. Pachauri to stop this behaviour towards me. I have categorically told him not to touch me in appropriately or to hold me or kiss me, but Dr. Pachauri did not stop
I feel broken and scarred in body and mind due to Dr. Pachauris behavior and actions I get frequent panic attacks due to the constant harassment and being made to feel like an object of vulgar desire from this man, who is old enough to be my grandfather
Till date I was extremely scared of going and reporting the behaviour of Dr. Pachauri, as he is the head of the organization for which I work and I did not know who I could turn to for help. I have tried to ignore and brush aside a lot of offensive behaviour from Dr. Pachauri as I was very scared of losing my reputation and employment if I complained to anyone I request you to register my complaint against Dr. Pachauri and bring him to justice. [pp. 20-21, line 785+]
“…anyone who goes to the trouble of looking directly at this collection of electronic messages will find it difficult to believe that this matter has anything to do with villainous hackers trying to smear a climate warrior.”