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Rita Payne, CJA-UK chair (left), and Sir Mark Tully (centre) - Photos by Henry Gombya

Members of the CJA were able to enjoy a dinner in the company of author and broadcaster Mark Tully on 5 October.

The former BBC correspondent in India spoke and signed copies of his latest book, India: The Road Ahead.’

The dinner was held at the Crown Plaza in St James, London.

Tully, a renowned journalist, in turn offered members an inside scoop on domestic politics, including issues faced by India’s Congress party and opposition groups, and gave some clues as to the future for Sonia Gandhi and her dynastic family, as well as on relations with India’s neighbours.

He also spoke of the risks that India faces on its path to becoming a major world power and urged its leaders to not simply follow a pale imitation of America or the West. “Just simply following our [Western] way cannot be the way for India,” he said. “India does need to remain India.

“[Otherwise] it will end up with quite a lot of wealthy people but an awful lot of poor people. If you look at America and imagine that sort of scenario, of the division of society in America, extended to the size of India’s population you could see the disaster that would be.”

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