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An honour, says Tully

LONDON, DEC. 31. The Calcutta-born, Mr. Mark Tully, who reported India with great understanding and depth for several years as BBC's South Asia correspondent, has been conferred Knighthood by the Queen of England.

Mr. Tully, who has made India his home, reacted with delight when contacted at his residence in New Delhi, saying the Knighthood was an ``honour'' for him which he could not have got without the help of his several colleagues. He was among a dozen people of Indian origin who figure in the Queen's New Year's honours list for 2002.

Mr. Mark Tully attended boarding school in Darjeeling before going to Cambridge. Mr. Tully joined BBC in 1964 and was soon posted to India, from where he has reported ever since. He clashed with the BBC's senior management in the 1990s, claiming that the regime of the then director-general, Mr. John Birt, was running on ``fear and sycophancy''. Shortly afterwards, he resigned to work as a freelancer.

Prominent among others of Indian origin who find a place of honour are: Mr. Manmohan Singh Gujral, chief executive, Presentation Housing Association for Services to Housing; Ms Heather Evelyn Joshi, professor of economic demography, Institute of Education for Services to Women's Issues; Amrik Singh Sahota, services to economy and Asian community in the west midlands; and Kawal Jeet Kaur Singh, head teacher, Gladstone Park primary school, Brent, London, for services to education. - PTI

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