In India, all you get are more of grasping hands. But for all that, says Tully, there is hope: It's time to slip those last reins of rundown colonial institutions. Topics Books The Observer. Tully gives us detailed insight into the world of investigative journalism. It is easy for us audience to watch the Tehelka scam unfold and the recorded footage on TV.
What goes on behind the scenes is an interesting story in itself. Tully interviews the key man behind the Tehelka scam and reveals us the background story behind the scam. I never realized journalists are risking their lives in earning a breaking news. The story on Indira Gandhi and the making of V. Singh was an engaging one for me.
I had never known V. The story on child labour and farmer suicides tugged at my heart. The theme that runs across the book is that India lacks good governance.
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Tully picks up many stories to bring across this issue. What I love about this man is his unbiased view of the country. He is not prejudiced, unlike some foreigners I know, about the pathetic public transport system or the dirty toilets. He does complain and rants about the conditions in India, but when he does that, he comes across as one of our own people. Sep 22, Ashok M rated it really liked it. The book painstakingly, but with remarkable details and quite an incisive eye narrates several aspects of the events from the conemporary Indian History to reach a conclusion that India continues to be in a state of perpetual SLOW MOTION becuase of the very typical way poltics is practiced in the country.
Any thing and every thing that goes into a public domain gets politicised, and every thing politicised gets corrupted. The authors do not mean corruption in terms of only wrong-doings in the fina The book painstakingly, but with remarkable details and quite an incisive eye narrates several aspects of the events from the conemporary Indian History to reach a conclusion that India continues to be in a state of perpetual SLOW MOTION becuase of the very typical way poltics is practiced in the country.
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The authors do not mean corruption in terms of only wrong-doings in the financial terms. In thier view, the blatant myopic points of views on any subject amounts to corruption for someone who has chosen to operate in the domain of public domain. In thier view, the least that any politician must do is to practice 'good, transperent governance".
The Government s - in any form - ought to be highly responsive to the needs of the public. The country is o much warped into the old feudal and colonial mindset that the public service is considered to be the vehicle of being served by the public in stead of being in the service of the public. The rest are simply natural derivatives of this mindset. Apr 02, Rohit Raman rated it it was ok.
The book brings out the short comings of indian administration based on his experiences. Problem is instead of going indepth on a single issue the book is a collection of experiences the author had while his stay in India. I personally feel that all the issues that the author writes about, in itself are complex issues worth a book. Therefore the book instead of bringing out the murky details of the shortcoming of India this book is written by a BBC correspondent who spent a lot of time in India.
Therefore the book instead of bringing out the murky details of the shortcoming of Indian administration, only manages to scratch the surface and most of the things that are brought out, any indian will already know. Jan 11, Ashfaq rated it liked it. Mark Tully is probably the greatest Indian journalist of all times who was at times BBC's sole correspondent for various incidents in India.
He has great insights into mostly all the important events in Indian history for around four decades. In this book he touches the core problems faced by this developing giant, he presents an entire picture of several incidents, people and groups who have shaped the development and economic culture of the country. Good read for anyone who is enthused to lear Mark Tully is probably the greatest Indian journalist of all times who was at times BBC's sole correspondent for various incidents in India.
Good read for anyone who is enthused to learn about the recent past's political and cultural events Apr 09, Shashi Kiran rated it really liked it. Mark Tully takes us through a lot of incidents which we really did not know that is going on or went on in India. We always know things through news channels. Well, here are somethings which we never hear of like, most of us don't what goes on behind carpet making, the people who suffer and how they suffer.
Or the real picture of Tehlka.
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Or the Christianity in Goa. This is one book that gives us detailed insight into so many topics that never matters to media! Oct 05, Mukul Bhatnagar rated it really liked it. Mark Tully is honest, clear, neutral and pertinent. This is the second book of his that I have read.
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He reaches grassroot levels to investigate and then produces authentic, easy to understand and a neutral write up. I also admire his ability to mingle with people and his affection for India and Indians. Oct 28, Dayanand Prabhu rated it it was amazing. This book is one of the best journalistic writing I have read on India.
Tully's Passion and neutrality is Oozing through every page. A very unique view into the monolith legacy that is the Indian Democracy. Jun 26, Sheela Lal rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 10, Jeffy Joseph rated it it was amazing Shelves: Written by a foreigner who have been staying in India for a long time, the book offers a very unique perspective.
It can easily be read over several nights since it is broken nicely into independent sections. This is a good thoughtful read. Mark Tully has focused on one of the key issues of independent India, "lack of good governance".
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Anyone who has lived in India or has studied history of independent India would not disagree with Mr. Tully travels in the countryside to discover the problems people face due to almost non-functioning government systems. Good thing about this book is that the author has not expressed his own views and opinions on the subject but he tells us what he sees on the field while travelling in different parts of India.
Many of the Indians, living in the cities, would not be aware of the difficulties people face in villages due to the non-functioning government systems. Reading this book is a very good opportunity to understand why we so often see the headlines of farmers committing suicides.
Tully has also touched upon cultural diversity of India when he talks about his experience of Sufism, a way of following Islam. He has also covered the burning issues of modern India, tension between Hindu and Muslim communities and terrorism in Kashmir. Overall, it is a good read if you want to understand what has held India back despite of her enormous potential. See all 5 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on January 30, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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