Mark Tully was born in Kolkata in 1935 and educated in India and England. He joined the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1964 and moved to India as the BBC’s India correspondent the following year. He covered all the major events in South Asia for thirty years, until he resigned from the BBC in 1994. Since 1994, he has been a freelance journalist and broadcaster based in New Delhi. He has published several books on South Asia, among them, Amritsar: Mrs Gandhi’s Last Battle (with Satish Jacob);Raj to Rajiv: 40 Years of Indian Independence (with Zareer Masani); No Full Stops in India; India in Slow Motion (with Gillian Wright); Non-stop India; and a collection of short stories, The Heart of India.
Mark Tully was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1992 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005. He was knighted, and received a KBE, in 2002.