Sir William Mark Tully

BornOctober 24, 1935
Tollygunge, Kolkata, Bengal Presidency, British India
Alma materMarlborough College, Trinity Hall Cambridge
OccupationWriter, Journalist
Years Active1935-Present
Notable WorksAmritsar: Mrs. Gandhi’s Last Battle,
No Full Stops in India,
The Heart of India
ChildrenFour Children

Introduction – About Sir William Mark Tully 

Sir William Mark Tully, KBE, was born on October 24, 1935, in Tollygunge, India. He held the position of Bureau Chief of BBC, New Delhi, for twenty years. Tully resigned from BBC in July 1994, where he had worked for thirty years. Nine books are authored by Tully, and he is also an Oriental Club member.

Education and Early Childhood

Tully’s father, a British businessman, was a partner in a renowned British Raj’s managing agency. His first decade of childhood was spent in India. However, he was not allowed to socialize and communicate with Indian people. 

Tully was sent to Darjeeling’s British Boarding School when he was four. At the age of nine, he went to England for further schooling. There, Tully studied at Twyford School, Hampshire, and Marlborough College. He studied Theology at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Tully also intended to become a priest after Cambridge in the Church of England. He is well-versed in Hindi and English. 

Career as Author and Journey of Sir William Mark Tully

In 1964, Tully joined the BBC, and in 1965, he came back to India. He covered all the primary and significant incidents in South Asia during his tenure. These are the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Indo-Pakistan Conflicts, Operation Blue Star, etc. Between 1975 and 1977, during an emergency, he was barred from entering India. It was when the censorship curbs were imposed on the media by the PM Indira Gandhi. 

In July 1994, Tully resigned from BBC. Since then, based in New Delhi, he has been working as a Freelance Journalist and Broadcaster. He regularly presented the weekly BBC Radio 4 Program until BBC stopped it in 2019. 

Sir William Mark Tully’s Noteworthy Awards and Accolades

Tully has received many awards and accolades. In 1985, he was appointed the Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 1992, Tully was awarded the Padma Shree. He received a KBE on being knighted in the New Year Honours 2002.

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In 2005, Tully was awarded with the Padma Bhushan. In 1985, he got a BAFTA for a lifelong achievement. He also conferred the Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Personal Life and Interests – Sir William Mark Tully 

Tully married Margaret in 2001, and the couple has four children in London

Famous Books and Work Till Now of Sir Wiliam Mark Tully

The Count Of His Books And Work Is Given Below:

  • Amritsar: Mrs. Gandhi’s Last Battle was the first book of Tully on India. He co-authored this book with his colleague in BBC, Delhi, Satish Jacob.
  • Raj to Rajiv: 40 Years of Indian Independence. He had written this book with Zareer Masani. 
  • No Full Stops in India – 1988. 
  • The Heart of India was his only fiction work published in 1995. 
  • An Investigation into The Lives of Jesus – 1996 
  • India in Slow Motion – 2002. It was written in association with Gillian Wright and was published by Viking. 
  • India’s Unending Journey – 2008
  • India: The Road Ahead – 2011
  • Upcountry Tales: Once Upon A Time In The Heart Of India – 2017 is his latest book. This book consists of short stories. 

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