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  • “Tonight’s the night for a drop. Go on let yerself go!”

    Broadcast On January 3, 2000

    ... signs proclaiming ‘exit only’. Trafalgar Square was a heaving sea of humanity. If it stopped at all it was to marvel at the two enormous screens erected by the BBC. For in the middle of the city, in ...

  • You’re wrong, Mr. Nayar!

    Broadcast On October 14, 2002

    ...  The same is true of TV. Just looking at the BBC as we see it, I’ve spotted 8 faces who regularly appear on screen. I didn’t count the black ones. And then there are those who work for ITV, Channels ...

  • Why won’t he speak English?

    Broadcast On September 16, 2002

    ... not as good as he could be but he certainly holds your attention. Now pause to reflect on what Mr. Vajpayee’s Hindi cost India. On the previous day, the BBC broadcast Hamid Karzai and Pervez Musharraf ...

  • When the elderly are, in fact, the young ones

    Broadcast On April 3, 2000

    ... the amazing people he has met and the things he has done – and boy he’s done them all – then watch him on BBC on Wednesday night at 10.00 p.m. If you miss it, don’t panic, there is a repeat on saturday! ...

  • What’s in a name?

    Broadcast On November 18, 2010

    “Did you notice how quickly they’ve stopped calling her Kate?” Pertie sounded as if he had made an eureka discovery. “It’s now Catherine and the BBC’s gone one step ...

  • Understanding Mamata

    Broadcast On April 22, 2012

    ... the BBC programme HARDtalk India an interview. It was fixed for 11.30 a.m. on a mutually agreed date in August. It was reconfirmed repeatedly, including the night before. But these assurances proved to ...

  • Two faces of Mr Modi’s government: the good and the ugly

    Broadcast On June 15, 2014

    ... it becomes similar to the BBC. Not surprisingly, Mr Javdekar’s views won a lot of praise.  Journalists, in particular, were loud in saying so. But there was something  more which, even if people were ...

  • Twenty four hours in Washington

    Broadcast On November 12, 2001

    ... lie. Still it’s a strange tale although well worth telling. Early in October I wrote to Dr. Rice to request an interview for our BBC programme HARDtalk India. After a few preliminary phone calls to ...

  • Trying to hide a reality we don’t know how to face up to

    Broadcast On March 15, 2015

    Most people I know have rubbished the arguments for banning the BBC documentary on the Nirbhaya rape and, instinctively, they are right to do so. However, in this instance, it’s worth examining the handful ...

  • Three men in a boat

    Broadcast On March 4, 2002

    ... from the past.” Hmmmm? Judge for yourself – Wednesday 13th, 10.00 p.m., BBC World.    ...

  • Them and us

    Broadcast On March 6, 2010

    Occasionally television can be truly revealing. That was the case on friday when the BBC broadcast live the interrogation by the Chilcot Inquiry Committee of the British Prime Minister on the Iraq  ...

  • The war and I

    Broadcast On April 7, 2003

    ...  “CNN and BBC have brought the battlefield of Baghdad straight into the comfort of our living rooms. Do you consider this fascination with death, blood, destruction and misery morally degrading?” It ...

  • The truth is a tricky thing

    Broadcast On August 6, 2001

    ... Amar Singh for BBC’s HARDtalk India. The interview was about the way his party has politicised Phoolan Devi’s death. Like most people I was convinced of the case. The newspapers and all the news channels ...

  • The third law of bad luck

    Broadcast On June 14, 1999

    ...  Fortune may favour the brave but sometimes it’s safer to be a coward. Things aren’t what they used to be “Rani zara BBC te laga.” That was how my father would ask my mother to switch on ...

  • The things we do but should not and the things we should but don’t

    Broadcast On June 7, 1999

    ... on the BBC. He’s even available to Star News. But has any Indian minister made himself similarly accessible? Even when Lyce Doucet embarrassed the Pakistani minister with the critical question ‘How ...

  • The sad choice before us

    Broadcast On September 6, 1999

    ... of the day – our politicians fall short, far, far short, of the great democrats we see on BBC and CNN. That is also why, despite Monica Lewinsky, the Americans still respect Clinton. Mr. Mahajan may ...

  • The right to be wrong

    Broadcast On June 10, 2002

    “Switch on the BBC” said Ashok eagerly as he rushed into my office. His normally placid features were in a state of considerable excitement. His eyes were shining. “What’s happened?” I was struggling ...

  • The price of justice

    Broadcast On June 2, 2013

    ... have made millions weep was ignored by TV because they were obsessed with cricket. I caught the story on the BBC. My colleague, Arvind Kumar, found The Times (London) had also reported it. Astonished ...

  • The names people call me

    Broadcast On October 30, 2000

    ... opposite happened. It was at a dinner to meet the new CEO of BBC World. I was talking with M.J. Akbar and Salman Haider. If I remember correctly we were at the point of solving the Kashmir issue when ...

  • The lesson of Ayodhya

    Broadcast On July 9, 2005

    ... for assuming that the terrorists had succeeded. 24 hours later, the BBC was mature, balanced and sober.   So, I suppose, it's a miracle ordinary Indians were not affected. The BJP sought to provoke, ...