In the era of digital television, the radio may appear to have been given a back seat. However, in the heavily vehicle-dependent societies, short wave radios have given way to FM and AM car radios, which have a captured audience, unless someone is playing CD or an audio tape.
In the English-speaking Tibetan community, if you will, BBC World Service radio broadcasts, used to be a part of the daily life of the individuals, until the early 1990s. A joke used to go around (may be I am making this up) that an official of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in Dharamsala was so addicted to the BBC World Service that he would neglect listening to any local radio or TV broadcasts. At one time he returned from an official trip to a nearby town complaining that the entire town was closed because of a “bandh” that he was not aware of. A friend of his responded that this was because he only listened to BBC as the local radio and TV had broadcast news about the strike in that town. Be that as it may, even His Holiness the Dalai Lama has publicly said that BBC was one of the stations that he listened to on a daily basis.
Among the many BBC journalists, the name of Mark Tully is someone that is familiar to many of us. He reported for BBC for countless years from New Delhi. While serving in Dharamsala, I was assigned to accompany him at one time when he came up to Dharamsala to interview the Dalai Lama. I don’t expect him to remember me, but I just wanted to put it out there. Similar to most of the Tibetan refugees, he too has come to adopt India as his second home.
Even after retirement, Mark Tully has continued to do programs for BBC. This weekend BBC radio is broadcasting an interview with the Dalai Lama by Mark Tully. I am giving here the announcement.
Happy Listening for those of us who still resort to the radio for news.
In conversation with the Dalai Lama
Mark Tully meets the 14th Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama is an extraordinary figure on the international scene. The temporal leader of Tibet in exile, he is also revered as a spiritual leader, not only by his own countrymen, but by Buddhists all over the world. He is a figure held in respect by both spiritual and political leaders of other faiths too.
In an exclusive interview Sir Mark Tully talks to His Holiness the Dalai Lama about the way he manages to match the temporal with the spiritual in his personal and his public life.
Heart and Soul: In Conversation with The Dalai Lama – this weekend
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