20 January, 2021

He Is Only A Camera

Ever the consummate reporter, Tully dutifully ploughs through all interest areas. What he lacks are opinions.

He Is Only A Camera
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I think most people will agree that there are few foreigners who have come to know India better than Mark Tully. He worked as the BBC's chief of bureau in New Delhi for 22 years, and has stayed on after retirement. In fact, in many ways ‘Tully Saheb’, as most people call him, and as I have addressed him for as long as I can remember, is rather more Indian than most of the anglicised crowd he has to socialise with in Delhi.

The thing about Mark is that he has always been and will always be a reporter. He may be getting on a bit in years, and may have to shuffle along a trifle slower in order to corner his journalistic target, but his reporter’s instinct is as sharp as ever. That is the reason for the readability of his latest offering, Non Stop India.

The book is a series of reportage about some of the most important issues India is grappling with. These include governance or the lack of it, caste, corruption, poverty, environmental neglect and the growing strength of the Maoists, among others. As a...

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