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A greater victory (Operation Blue Star) than the win over Bangladesh, this is the greatest victory of Mrs. Gandhi.

Ramnath Goenka

We used to run around the bazaars and go and beg chocolates from the American soldiers. Our parents would have been horrified if they had known.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

I was confronted almost daily by the short-sightedness of those who drew up the policy for broadcasting in India, a policy which insulted the intelligence of their audiences. The policy was based on the concept that listeners will believe whatever they hear and so let them hear only what the government wants them to know about.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

Indira’s India was tightly controlled in many ways particularly economically. Indira herself exercised tight control over politics and country. Today there’s much more freedom, particularly economically. That’s one reason the country is flourishing. And politically, Congress party is not as powerful as before. And certainly, Manmohan Singh and Sonia together are not as powerful as Indira was.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

I just want to take you back to the days of the telecast of Ramayan on Doordarshan. There was this huge outcry over how it’s a breach of secularism and all. And when I argued that it’d be a great pity if India couldn’t broadcast one of its great epics, I was accused of being pro-Hindu etc., and now you look at the television and you have a whole lot of channels devoted to people preaching Hinduism.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

This is really good that I have spent forty years here in India. I was born in 1935 in Calcutta (now Kolkata). I spent the first nine years of my life enjoying my childhood very happily.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

Becoming a Priest was an early decision of mine during my University days. But when I went to seminary (an institution where people are trained to become a Priest) and I met others who wanted to do the same, I realized that they were divided and were seriously loyal to Christianity. I thought they were fit to become Priests, but not me. I decided to do some other work and luckily landed up in the BBC and that too in the personnel department where the major task was of ‘Babugiri’ (clerical). I thought to move in to Journalism and that’s how I became a Journalist.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

People often say that I love India—of course I like India, otherwise I would not be here—but it is not as simple as that. As a matter of fact, I am a great believer in fate.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

The radio does help connect better with the audience. My career has basically been in radio. It is still my favorite medium. If someone said to me that you can either do radio or television, I would not for a moment think. [I would] go for radio.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

The biggest difference is that India is much more confident now than it was when I wrote No Full Stops. Then it was a country that didn’t have much obvious success to its credit. Its economy was growing, but it wasn’t growing very fast. It was also a country where people lacked aspiration.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

One of the reasons people believe India has this potential is because it has a very young population. People talk about the demographic dividend. That demographic dividend could turn into a disaster unless India’s record on health care and education improves dramatically.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

The demolition (Babri Masjid) has been a day that shocked the world, that shocked India. It led to riots

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

I have a connection with India. I think where you are born does matter. I believe to some extent in karma and where you are born is part of karma.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

I was married and had children, so no exotic holidays or spending on clothes. I drank beer with people, went to pubs.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

To be a good journalist requires a lot of hard work and slogging. Be humble. Try and learn your profession and learn to be a professional.

Mark Tully (Former Bureau Chief of BBC - New Delhi)

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