Update to the story. The story has come to a good end. Thank you for all the support and help with retweets, blog posts, comments and facebook wall posts on the incident. It really helped a lot to get the message across even before rediff editorial received the feedback I left on their site.
I received a call from rediff just now. They apologized for the incident and agreed to include correct attribution and also provide compensation for using the image. I thank rediff for the quick turnaround and proactive handling of the problem in a rightful way.
Thanks to everyone again for taking up the issue with a personal interest, providing helpful suggestions and spreading the word.
I was browsing through Rediff News this morning and was going through a story on Cherrapunjee. In their multi-page slideshow, I clicked on the second page and jumped when the page loaded. A picture of a waterfall I had taken at Cherrapunjee was smiling at me from the web page! Rediff had not only posted the image without my permission, they had also attributed the photograph to a “Sunil Bhatia!”
The page in which they are using picture is here (click ‘next’ on the slideshow to see my image of Nohkalikai Waterfall). You can see a screenshot of the page below (click to see full size).
I have written to rediff using the feedback form on their webpage, asking for attribution and compensation. I am waiting to hear from them and am eager to see how they will respond, if at all.
Rediff has been my primary source of news online so far. I have a high opinion about them and especially have a lot of respect for columns at rediff. I hope they respond in a way that helps me keep up that respect.
I also tried to leave a comment on the same page, but it repeatedly gave me error messages.
I shall update here, if there is any response from rediff.