Ashok Bajaj
Restaurateur

Ashok Bajaj

Owns seven restaurants in the District, including the four-star Rasika and the recently opened Bibiana.

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A scrutinized life

Q: How much privacy do super-successful public figures deserve? Do the infidelities of Tiger Woods or former presidential candidate John Edwards change your perceptions of them?

I think successful people with celebrity status deserve privacy -- and also have responsibility to society. When someone becomes a public figure, that person also becomes a role model for society and will be held to a higher standard.

That is not to say that they should have no privacy whatsoever. I believe even celebrities deserve to be left alone in the restaurants, at the airport, or going about their daily lives.

We all face temptations going through life, but successful people and role models should be aware that their lives are seen as exemplary. When celebrities falter, as long as the recipients of their behavior are able to forgive and let go, so should the rest of society.

Society often judges celebrities, but most of us do not understand what it is like to live a constantly scrutinized life. In my opinion, as long as the celebrity accepts responsibility for mistakes and makes a commitment to do better, it will not change my perception of him or her.

By Ashok Bajaj  |  December 7, 2009; 10:17 AM ET  | Category:  privacy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Real golfers don't cheat

Posted by: kentduffy | December 8, 2009 5:55 PM
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He certainly relished the opportunity to present himself as an inspiration to young people when it suited him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAnlcW_ILyw

Posted by: sparman | December 8, 2009 12:49 PM
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He is a golfer, not a preacher. Mind your own business. No, he has no responsibility to you or anyone else, no more than you do to us, no matter your walk in life.

He is a golfer, not a politician who is letting relationships tarnish the integrity of his decisions.

Get over it.

Posted by: jackson641 | December 8, 2009 12:14 PM
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