Former bureau chief of the BBC in New Delhi, Mark Tully, will be at The International Centre Goa (ICG) on September, 19, 5:30 p.m. for the next edition of ICG’s ‘Patrakar: A forum for journalists’. Tully will be in a freewheeling conversation with ICG director Pushkar and senior journalist Sujay Gupta about his long career in journalism, the major stories he has covered, his many books and almost everything else.
After he completed his schooling and college in England, Tully joined the BBC in 1964 and returned to India in 1965 as its India correspondent. Over time, he established himself as one of the most credible and unbiased foreign correspondents in India and came to be known as ‘the voice of India’.
During his long tenure for the BBC in India, Tully reported on major events like the Indo-Pakistan wars, the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, Operation Blue Star and the anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the Bhopal gas tragedy, and the events leading to the demolition of Babri Masjid.
He left the BBC in 1994 but has continued to work as a freelance journalist and broadcaster based in New Delhi. He also continued his association with the BBC until quite recently, as the presenter of the weekly BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Something Understood’ which engaged in ethical and religious discussions on the larger questions of life.
Tully has written several books beginning with the co-authored books ‘Amritsar: Mrs Gandhi’s Last Battle’ (1985) and ‘Raj to Rajiv: 40 Years of Indian Independence’. He went on to write several other books including ‘No Full Stops in India’(1988), ‘India in Slow Motion’ (co-authored with his partner Gillian Wright) (2002), ‘India’s Unending Journey’(2008), and ‘Non-Stop India’ (2011). He has also written two books which reflect his longstanding interest and education in religion (he studied Theology at Trinity Hall, Cambridge) – ‘An Investigation Into the Lives of Jesus’ (1996), to accompany the BBC series of the same name, and ‘Mother’ (1992) on Mother Teresa.
Tully was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1985 and knighted in 2002. The Indian government conferred the Padma Shree in 1992 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005.
Entry to the programme is free and open to general public. However there are limited seats.
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