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“Sonia Gandhi – a blot on the Nation” – by Mark Tully



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Folks, the following article, "The Truth and Hidden Facts," is written by the renowned British journalist and author, Sir William Mark Tully.  

The article is about India's Congress Party but it also covers a few other topics like Hinduism. ......

Here is a quote from one of his recent interviews about Indians, " They are highly intelligent people. When provided with opportunities they take them. You can see that in the countries where there are Indian communities of the diaspora. They're not communities that just lie back and wait for things to be done for them. So I think it's Indians, above everything else, that gives one hope." He is always very candid in his conversations and in interviews he gives. He says that the reason he loves India and has spent over 40 years there is because, unlike Britain which is too dull and orderly, India is an unpredictable and lovable madhouse! While he says India has tremendous potential, he does not think India can achieve its full potential unless it makes very considerable reforms in how it is governed and bring about reforms in its administration, in its ability to deliver services.

He has also written hundreds of articles about India. He has received many prestigious awards, including Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan.

Now that you know who Mark Tully is, read this article that he wrote last month.

Chandu Radia




I was surprised when the Congress party gave me a Padma Shri – I am the only foreign journalist to ever get it. For, in my forty years of political reporting in India, I have always been a vocal critic of the Nehru dynasty. Someone even called me recently: "a vitriolic British journalist, who in his old age chose to live back in the land he never approved".

It started with Operation Blue Star. I was one of the few western correspondents who criticized Indira. As I have said since then numerous times, the attack on the Golden Temple and the atrocities that followed the army operations, produced in all sections of the Sikhs a sense of outrage that is hard today to alleviate. I believed then that the large majority of Hindu India, even if politically hostile to Indira Gandhi, openly identified with – and exulted in – her will to overwhelmingly humble a recalcitrant minority.

As everybody knows, Indira Gandhi helped my fame grow even more, by wanting to imprison me during the Emergency she clamped and finally throwing me out of India for a short while. But the result was that the whole of India tuned in, then and thereafter, to my radio's broadcasts, 'The Voice of India', to hear what they thought was 'accurate' coverage of events.

When Rajiv Gandhi came to power, I first believed that he was sincerely trying to change the political system, but he quickly gave-up when the old guard would not budge. I criticized him for his foolish adventure in Sri Lanka, although I felt sorry for him when he was blown to pieces by Dhanu, the Tamil Tiger. It is in Kashmir, though that I fought most viciously against his Govt and subsequent Congress ones for its human right abuses on the Kashmiri Muslims of the Valley. The Congress Governments tried indeed several times to censor me and the army even took prisoner my Kashmiri stringer, whom I had to rescue by the skin of his teeth. I am also proud that I was the first one to point out then, that the Indian Government had at that time no proof of the Pakistani involvement in the freedom movement in Kashmir. Thus I always made it a point to start my broadcasts by proclaiming that « the Indian Government accuses Pakistan of fostering terrorism», or that "elections are being held in Indian-controlled Kashmir"…

As I was so popular, all the other foreign journalists used the same parlance to cover Kashmir and they always spoke of the plight of the Muslims, never of the 400.000 Hindus, who after all were chased out of their ancestral land by sheer terror (I also kept mum about it).

As for Sonia Gandhi, I did not mind her, when she was Rajiv Gandhi's wife, but after his death, I watched with dismay as she started stamping her authority on the Congress, which made me say in a series of broadcasts on the Nehru Dynasty: "It's sad that the Indian National Congress should be completely dependent on one family; the total surrender of a national party to one person is deplorable. You have to ask the question: what claims does Sonia Gandhi have to justify her candidature for prime-ministership? Running a country is far more complicated than running a company. Apprenticeship is required in any profession — more so in politics". I heard that Sonia Gandhi was unhappy about this broadcast.

Then, after President APJ Abdul Kalam called her to the Raj Bhavan and told her what some of us already knew, namely that for a long time, she had kept both her Italian and Indian passports, which disqualified her to become the Prime Minister of India, she nevertheless became the Supreme leader of India behind the scenes. It is then that I exclaimed: "the moribund and leaderless Congress party has latched onto Sonia Gandhi, who is Italian by birth and Roman Catholic by baptism".

She never forgave me for that. Yet, today I can say without the shadow of a doubt that
when history will be written, the period over which she presided, both over the Congress and India, will be seen as an era of darkness, of immense corruption and of a democracy verging towards autocracy, if not disguised dictatorship, in the hands of a single person, a non Indian and a Christian like me. Truth will also come out about her being the main recipient for kickbacks from Bofors to 2G, which she uses to buy votes, as the Wikileaks have just shown.

Finally, I am sometimes flabbergasted at the fact that Indians –Hindus, sorry, as most of this country's intelligentsia is Hindu – seem to love me so much, considering the fact that in my heydays, I considerably ran down the 850 million Hindus of this country, one billion worldwide. I have repented today: I do profoundly believe that India needs to be able to say with pride, "Yes, our civilization has a Hindu base to it."

The genius of Hinduism, the very reason it has survived so long, is that it does not stand up and fight. It changes and adapts and modernizes and absorbs–that is the scientific and proper way of going about it. I believe that Hinduism may actually prove to be the religion of this millennium, because it can adapt itself to change.

Hindus are still slaves to MUSLIMS and CHRISTIANS

On the name of secularism, lots of facilities and cash incentives are given to Muslims and Christians. Haj subsidy is given to Muslims for Haj yatra, wages of Muslim teachers and Imams are given to Muslims are given by looting the Hindu temples. No such subsidy is given to Hindus for going to Hindu religious places or any wages to Hindu religious priests or Hindu teachers. In fact congress secular government creates many obstacles for Hindus for going to Amarnath Yatra. Even after 65 years of independence reservation is given on religious grounds while it should have been abolished by this time. If at all reservation or subsidy is needed, then it should be purely on economic grounds rather on the grounds of minorities. Such reservations affect the quality of work. Congress party giving various kinds of allurements to minorities to buy their votes with Hindu money. In the government many people are with Hindu names but in fact many are Muslims and Christians with Hindu names to fools Hindus and to show in the government, majority people are Hindus.





Sonia Gandhi is a problem for governance, says Mark Tully


Sangeeth Sebastian   |   Mail Today  |   New Delhi, November 21, 2011 | UPDATED 12:17 IST

Senior British broadcaster and writer Mark Tully has publicly expressed his displeasure at dynasty politics and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.


The former BBC chief's rare display of candour came at the launch of his book Non-Stop India (Penguin/ Allen Lane) in the Capital on Saturday evening. "Too much of influence lies there, when it should lie in the Prime Minister's Office," he said in response to a query by television host Karan Thapar on whether Tully thought "Sonia Gandhi is a problem" for governance.


He also had his guns trained on Congress heir apparent Rahul Gandhi. "Rahul is trying to do in Uttar Pradesh what Mulayam Singh Yadav did," he said referring to his attempts to get in touch with the masses. "But it is not easy, considering the security around him," Tully said.


According to him, India needed to worry more about dynasty politics. "The Prime Minster, for all his qualities, is not a politician. At the Centre, most people are not grassrootlevel politicians such as Mulayam. This is a problem with the Congress party."


Thapar, who played more of an agent provocateur than an amiable host, meanwhile, egged Tully on with his pointed queries. He extracted more from Tully than the reticent Britisher was expected to part with, prompting the latter to admit that "I could not withhold anything from you".


The 243-page book, according to the author, reflects the change in the international view of India - as an emerging economic powerhouse brimming with confidence - since the publication of his earlier book No Full Stops in India . The book features a number of revealing interviews with the captains of industry, subsistence farmers, politicians, Dalits, spiritual leaders and even bandits.


Identifying corruption as a major malice of the governance system, Tully has, however, warned the people not to get distracted by it. "If you concentrate too much on corruption, you forget the cause," he said.


Surprisingly, for an Englishman who was knighted by the British monarchy in 2002, Tully was less than enthusiastic about the growing status of English as an aspirational language of the Indian middle class. "Learning English is an economic asset," he said. "But the problem is its impact on regional languages. English is a mark of India, not Bharat," he added.


The response prompted Thapar to ask Tully the reason behind his fascination for India. "It will be an absurd proposition if I try to become more Indian than an Indian," Tully said. "My ancestors have all lived in India. Having lived in India, I too have started to believe in Karma," he replied philosophically.

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